Alonzo M. Bell

Alonzo Mandeville Bell was born Jyly 15, 1844 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Alonzo was living in Dakota County Minnesota when he enlisted on July 12 1864 in to Hatch's Battalion of MN Cavalry and was assigned to Fort Ambercrombie in the Dakota Territory.

Hatch's Battalion  was originally sent out to keep the Sioux in check, but other that a short assignment guarding a train, the Battalion seldom left the fort. There losses were 21 to disease and no combat deaths.

After serving in the Army he returned to Minnesota and in 1868 he married Margaret J. from Canada.  In 1870 they had Minnie, 1872 came along Katie and third Edna 1876. 

Their daughters grew up and married each having their own children.  

On July 2,1916 Alonzo passed away at the Sawtell Soldier's Home in Los Angeles.  Margaret J. Bell received a widow's pension in August 1916, and was still living in Fallbrook, CA.

Meet Our Pioneers

William Pittenger (1840-1904)

Perhaps the most famous grave is that of Civil War veteran William Pittenger, who is known for his part in a Union raid behind enemy lines.  he was a recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1863.  Born in 1840, Pittenger was first a private, then a sergeant, in the 2nd Ohio Infantry. He enlisted in 1861 and participated in the First Battle of Bull Run that same year.  He was presented the Medal of Honor for penetrating nearly 200 miles into Confederate territory and capturing a railroad train in Georgia.  This was known as "Andrew's Raid".  Following his military service, Pittenger became an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and later served as minister of the Fallbrook church.  His Fallbrook home was designated a National Historic Site by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Edward M. Chamberlain

Edwards M. Chamberlains was born April 7, 1834 in Barnard Vt. At the age of 28 Edward he enlisted in the 67th Illinois Infantry.  The regiment was organized at Camp Douglas, Chicago, for a term of three months. On the 19th of June he mustered into Company "A".  The entire regiment, including the Colonel,mustered out in October 6, 1862, spending almost a whole time at Camp Douglas.

The 67th served as Camp Guard during the three months, and at one time, escorted Confederate prisoners back to Vicksburg to be exchanged. Camp Douglas was one of the North's worst camps because it's temporary accommodations were rudimentrry at best. No security, sanitation or drainage was implemented until much later.

After his time in the Army, Edward returned to Barnard and courted then married Orra Lockwood Bigalow. Their marriage in 1869 led to a baby girl, Lucy, a boy Edward Lee in 1875. 

In 1892 Edward, at the age of 58, was receiving an invalid pension of $6.00 per month.

April 1, 1916 Orra Lockwood Chamberlain died in Fallbrook, CA and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Thursday November 30, 1916 Edward died at the age of 82.