Aug. 1, 1826 Gilmanton Belknap County New Hampshire, USA
May 11, 1897 Jamaica Plain Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Col. William Badger, born in Gilmanton NH August 1, 1823 (Tombstone says year of birth, 1826). He was the son of William Badger Sr., who was the Governor of New Hampshire from 1834-36.
Badger attended Gilmanton Academy and Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1848. He became Interested in Manufacturing and Milling. He was involved with Such companies as Union Mfg., Tioga Mfg and Tilton Mills through 1859, until the Civil War.
After college he resided at Sanbornton NH; and at the age of 35 yrs enlisted on 7/25/1861 as a Captain of the 4th Reg. NH, Volunteers. Within a month Badger was Capt. of the Gilmanton Artillery Company and was made a state recruiting officer with the rank of Captain, 10th Reg, NH Militia. His enlistment with state the state militia ended on April 20, 1866. That same year he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 6th U.S. Infantry. He became a quartermaster with the 6th, and eventually was located at Ft. Buford and Ft. Lincoln, Dakota Territory,during the height of the Indian Wars. He was Quartermaster at Ft. Lincoln when Custer's 7th Cavalry was stationed there, and personally associated with Gen. Custer.
Badger was a member of Mt. Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 42, in New Hampshire, and while Quartermaster for the 6th Inf., at Ft. Buford, D.T., he joined the historic Yellowstone Lodge No. 88, located there. This Masonic Lodge was the first charted Lodge in what is now the state of North Dakota, and included officers from the famed Col. John Gibbon's Montana Column (7th Inf) which was involved in both the Custer Battle of the Little Big Horn and the Battle of the Big Hole near present day Wisdom, MT. There were 50 members in this Lodge and he was No.37. He was 43 yrs. old when he joined Yellowstone on Nov. 21, 1872.
Badger remained with the 6th Infantry until January 26, 1889, when was found physically unfit for active duty and retired. He was a member of GAR Post # 26 (Thomas G Stevenson) in Roxbury, MA, until his death.