On August 16, 1864, at the age of 26, my great-great grandfather, Darius J. Pettis, left his job as a clerk in the city of Winona and enlisted as a Private in the 11th Regiment of the Minnesota Infantry. At the time of his enlistment, his wife was less than two months away from giving birth to their second child. While Darius served, Katharine and the children stayed with her father, Ezekiel Efner, in Lyndon, Wisconsin.
Darius served in Company I. He was promoted to Sergeant on September 6, three weeks after mustering in. He served in that capacity until mustering out the following June 26, 1865.
Rufus Davenport's Narrative of the Eleventh Regiment, below, is a very readable account of the experiences Darius shared during his service.