From : Hist. Of Hennepin County
Captain Judson Newell Cross was born January 16th, 1838, in the town of Philadelphia, Jefferson county, New York. He is the son of Rev. Gor- ham Cross, who was pastor of the Congregational Church at Richville, St. Lawrence comity, New York, for forty years. He went to Oberlin College , Ohio, at the age of seventeen and remained until the war broke out, supporting himself by teach- ing during the college vacations, which at that time were in the winter. He was the second one to sign the roll at the great church at Oberlin, April 20th, 1861, when after a stirring speech by Professor Monroe, a hundred college students en- listed in a half hour and became the somewhat famous company C, Seventh Ohio Infantry regi- ment. He was commissioned its first lieutenant April 29th, 1861 ; he was with his regiment through the several campaigns in West Virginia, under Generals McClellan, Rosencranz and Cox, was. severely wounded in the arm and shoul- der, and taken prisoner at the battle of Cross Lanes in West Virginia, August 26th, 1861; being too badly wounded to be sent on to Richmond he was kept in the rebel camp during the battle of Carnifax Ferry, September 10th, where General Rosencranz first won his fame, and at the ferry the next day, when the two armies. Generals Floyd and Henry A. Wise on the rebel side, fought several hours over them at Clifton, and was finally recaptured by General Rosencranz on the 11th of September. He was taken by slow stages to Cmcinnati,where he was skilfully treated by Dr. Muzzy and his arm saved. November 25th, 1861, he was promoted to captain of com- pany K, the same regiment, and as soon as able he was detailed as recruiting oflicer at Cleveland, wliere he remained until he rejoined his regiment early in 1863, at Dumfries, Virginia, having been married to Clara Steele Norton at Oberlin, Ohio, September 11th, 1862. His wound gave him so much trouble that he resigned February 9th, 1863, and studied law at the Albany law school until June 13th 1863, when he was commissioned first lieutenant in the Fifth regiment V. R. C, and promoted to captain, October 28th, 1863, by Presi- dent Lincoln, and was stationed at Cleveland, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. In December, 1863, he was placed in command of the military post at Madison, Indiana, remaining until April, 1864, when he was made acting assistant adjutant gen- eral of the district of Indiana, and chief of staff of the commanding general of that district. In July following he was ordered to Washington, D. C, and received the appointment of assistant pro- vost marshal of the district of Washington, and placed on the staff of the military governor. In November he was appointed provost marshal of Georgetown, D. C, and soon after special mus- tering officer, to muster for pay at Annapolis, Mainland, the eighteen thousand returned pris- oners of war from Anderson ville. He resigned his commission and was honorably discharged March 16th, 1865. He finished his law studies at Columbia College, New York city and the Albany law school, graduating in the spring of 1866. He soon commenced practicing law at Lyons, Iowa, of which city he was elected mayor in 1871; He remained in Lyons nearly ten years as partner of of Hon. A. R. Cotton, who was in congress part of the time. Captain Cross came to Minneapolis October 15th, 1875, and formed a law partnership with his old friend and classmate. Col. H. G. Hicks, with whom he is still in active practice. He is a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church of this city, and in politics is a republican. He has four children living: Kate Bird, aged six- teen; Morton Murdock, aged fourteen; Nellie Malura, aged eleven, and Clara AmeUa. aged three. One, Clevie S., died in infancy.