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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson


Records of the Adjutant General, Nevada

Headstone of Frederick Morlet
Frederick Morlet
Evergreen Cemetery

Nevada Territory and State Civil War muster rolls for First Battalion, Nevada Volunteers, Cavalry and Infantry

Frederick Morlet [sic], enlisted in Company A, 1st Infantry, Nevada Volunteers, on April 25, 1864. His place of nativity is listed as Paris France. He was mustered in by Captain Fleming on June 24, 1864 at Fort Churchill, Nevada, for a period of three years. He is described as being 31 years of age; five feet, 9 1/4 inches tall; light complexion; hazel eyes and brown hair. His occupation was listed as a hunter. The Remarks section of the entry indicate that he was mustered out of the Army at Fort Churchill on December 22, 1865

Santa Cruz County Hospital Records

Fred Morlett, a 73 year old native of France, whose occupation was listed as laborer, was admitted to the County Hospital on August 7, 1906, and remained there until he died at 1 o’clock AM on June 25, 1908.

Evergreen Cemetery Records

Frederick R. Morlett was born in Paris France in 1834. Since Santa Cruz death certificate records indicate that he lived in California for 60 years he was possibly 13 or 14 when he or his family immigrated to the US.

Frederick Morlett’s occupation was listed as a Butcher, and he apparently lived in Santa Cruz for two years prior to his death which was caused by Paraplegia (Stroke).

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Frederick H. Dyer

Nevada Volunteers 1st Battalion Infantry

Organized at Fort Churchill, California, December 24, 1863. Attached to District of California, Dept. of the Pacific.

Company "A" on duty at Fort Churchill till July 28, 1864. moved to Smoky Creek Region July 28, returning to Fort Churchill October 23, 1864, and duty there till December, 1865. Expedition from Fort Churchill to Pyramid Lake and Walker's Lake March 12-19, 1865.

Company "B" at Fort Churchill till July 28, 1864. Ordered to Fort Ruby, Nevada, July 28, 1864, and duty there till December, 1865. Expedition from Fort Ruby to Humboldt Valley, Nevada, may 25- June 15, 1865. Skirmish at Austin May 29.

Company "C" at Fort Churchill till December 7 1864. Ordered to Camp Independence, California, and duty there till muster out. Battalion mustered out December 23, 1865.

Santa Cruz Surf (June 26, 1908)

Death of Fred Morlett

Fred Morlett, an old soldier, died yesterday at County Hospital. He was a native of France and was 74 years old.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 26, 1908)

Fred Morlett, a veteran of the Civil war will be buried by Pacific Coast Undertaking Parlors today, Saturday, at 2 o’clock P.M. All Comrades are requested to be present.

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