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Most of this info is from History of Carroll County


Walter W. ALLEN - 1864 - 8th Illinois Cavalry, joining the regiment at St. Charles, Ill. He Was then taken with the measles, complications set in, and he was sent to Chicago, and thence to Washington, D.C. to join his regiment for patrol duty at the capitol, and was there when President Lincoln was assassinated. He vividly remembers the heartrendering occurrences of that dread period. Mr. Allen was the man who called for General Payne at Warrington, Va., When that confederate leader was captured. He also participated in the battles of Point of Rocks, Middletown, Frederick City and numerous skirmishes.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County" Munsell Publishing Co. - 1913

Joseph F. ALLISON - 15th Reg. I.V.I. Co. H: Wounded at Hatchee River, TN and at Campion Hills MA; was in the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, Siege of Vicksburg, Corinth and Atlanta (From History of Carroll Co)

Daniel V. ATHERTON - Co. D, 153d IL. Vol. Inf.

James C. ATKINS -served about two years in the late Rebellion, Co. C, 45th I. V. I.; he was wounded at Ft. Donelson.

Benjamin Albert BARRETT
J.W. Barrett

Collan BAWDEN - 92nd Reg. I.V.I.: Entered the musical service and was appointed chief musician and leader of cornet band; was with the regiment all through the service and never had a furlough. (Information from Alice Horner)
Bawden Family History
Headstone Photo

Jackson BEAVER - 34th Reg. I.V.I. Co. I Slightly wounded at the Battle of Shiloh - died in 1868.

E.T.E. BECKER - 92nd Reg. IL Mounted Infantry Co I: Unanimously elected its Captain. He was in the Battle of Chicamauga and in a number of fights and skirmished.

Abraham BEELER - Quartermaster; afterwards Paymaster; rank of Major; he was killed Oct. 27, 1864, by Guerrillas on Mississipi River, at Randolph, below Memphis; they attempted to capture the steamer "Belle of St. Louis," but owing to the bravery of Majors Beeler and Smith the steamer and passengers were saved.

Additional story - Killed at Randolph Tenn. 27 October 1864 while defending the Steamer Belle St. Louis from a attack by guerrillas. Major and additional Paymaster U.S.A. from 22 Mar 1864 until his death. 1st Leut. & R.Q.M. of 34th Reg. IL Vol. A.D.C. to Gen'l E.N. Kirk at the battle of Shiloh and Stone River. Mason First Master of Cyrus Lodge No. 188 (From the Oak Hill Cemetery Book).

Russell BEVENS


Jacob Brenner Enlisted in the 93rd Illinois Infantry Regiment Company D 25 July 1862 at Shannon Illinois his cousin Christian Yordy (1843-1911) was also in the 93rd Company D. Jacob was wounded at the Battle of Champion Hill 1864 and discharged 1865

Jacob C. Brenner was born 26 Sep 1839 in Columbia, Lancaster Co, PA, died 26 August 1919 Manhattan, Riley County Kansas and is buried at Sunset Cemetery He married Charlotte Angline SMITH on 7 June 1874, Porterville Bourbon County Kansas
See Brenner Pioneer Family for more information.


Benjamin F. BROWN
Henry J. BROWN

William H. BROWN - Army, 15th Regt., I.V.I., Co. K; then re-enlisted in 92nd Regt. I.V.I.

Abner BULL - Enlisted in 55th Regt. IL. Vol. Inf.


Almarion C. BURT

William CARY

David COLEHOUR - - In March of 1863 Hiram Colehour went to Nashville, Tennessee to retrieve his brother David Colehour's body after David's death from typhoid fever in the Civil War and brought it back to Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois. He also got to visit his brother James Colehour at that time, who was in the hospital at Nashville with typhoid fever as well, but James was in and out of consciousness. Hiram Colehour died less than two weeks later from typhoid fever himself, presumably contacted in Nashville.
Contributed by Bill Colehour

James A COLEHOUR was in the Civil War. He was suffering from Typhoid Fever in March 1863 when his brother David died. During this time Hiram Colehour, brother of James and David, made the trip to Nashville TN to bring Davids body back for burial. While there Hiram visited with James who was in and out of consciousness all the time. James recovered and returned home to Carroll Co. He later moved to MN.
James Colehour - Personal Account of the War
Contributed by Bill Colehour

John COSNER (A.J./ Alva/ John Cosner were all killed at one time

George H. CRIPPEN Co K - when enlisted age 25; born in Canada; farmer; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, March 28, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865. Died several years since.

Christopher DAVIS - In 1861, he enlisted in the War of the Rebellion in the First company formed in Mt. Carroll, but on account of his mother's health he was excused. On August 6, 1862, he enlisted in Company C., Ninety-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served with that regiment until mustered out at Concord, North Carolina, July 7, 1865. Although he saw much service, he was neither wounded or taken prisoner and was only absent from his command five days on account of sickness. He was in many Skirmishes and in Georgia with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea. In 1865 he returned to Mt. Carroll, rented a farm, and began working for himself.   Obituary

Harlin W. DUNN
Albert G. DURKEE
James H. DYSON

William EDDY

Richard Foster


Enlisted at the age of 17 in Co. I 92nd I.V.I. Don was in battles Chicamauga, Sherman's Atlanta Campaign; was in Kilpatricks's raid around Atlanta and was taken prisoner at Vining Station, Oct. 1864, then taken to Alabama, and enjoyed the hospitalities of Castle Morgan and Andersonville; escaped four times and was re-captured each time; remained prisoner until close of war.

From Portraits & Biographical - 1892:

The winter of 1861-62, finished the school days of young Frazer in the old Oakville "Seminary" and he closed his "Ray's Arithmetic" at fractions. What education he received thereafter, was acquired in the school of experience. On the 9th of August 1862, after a long argument with his father, who opposed the step, he enlisted in what was shortly afterward namd Company I of the 92nd IL Infantry, commanded by Capt. Egbert T. E. Becker; and thus farm, school and home days were left behind, for the rugged front of war. Lacking yet four months of being 18 years old, but being healthy and rugged, our subject passed the mustering officer's inspection, and was, on the 4th of September, with a thousand others sworn into the military service of the US, at Rockford. The regiment was commanded by Col. (afterward Gen.) Smith D. Atkins.

Army life proved congenial to the farmer's boy, and he was regularly reported for duty every day, as long as he was with his company. When the regiment was mounted in July 1863 and attached to the justly celebrated "Lightning Brigade" of Col. John T. Wilder, young Frazer was detailed as Orderly to he Brigade Commander, and subsequently became Chief of Orderlies. He participated in all the battles and skirmishes in which this brigade was engaged, and there were many, until the spring of 1864, when the regiment was sent to Chattanooga, and placed in the 3rd Cav. Div. Army of the Cumberland, under command of that prince of cavalry leaders, Gen. Kilpatrick. He was then sent to Div. Hqt. as Ordnance Sgt. and in July of the same year, successfully passed a rigid examination at Nashville before a commission composed of regular army officers; was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lt. and was made Aid-de-Camp on Kilpatrick's staff. He experienced the full complement of actual service in the stirring campaign which resulted in the capture of Atlanta, and subsequently in the chase after Hood on his race to Nashville.

In the fall of 1864, while he was engaged in transporting a supply of ammunition from Atlanta to the division at Cartersville by rail, the rebels tore up the track at Vining's Stateion, near the Chattahoochee River, in Georgia, and Lt. Frazer with 46 others fell into the hands of the enemy and he remained a prisoner of war until April 29, 1865. The war being then practically ended, he was turned loose in the vicinity of Jacksonville FL. During his incarceration he was at Castle Morgan, in Cahaba, AL, at Millen, Savannah, Blackshear, Thomasville and Andersonville; spending most of the winter at the last named place. While at Columbus he escaped and wat at large seven days, when he was recaptured. Subsequently at Screven, he jumped from the train which was conveying the prisoners to Blackshear, and secreted himself in the swams in the vicinity of Brunswick GA for 14 days, but was again discovered and taken into custody by the rebels. Of the 47 who were captured one was paroled, two escaped and 39 died in prison.



Thaddeus W. GRAVES Co. G 13th ILL Inf. Enlisted in Unionville, Whiteside County
Information and photos contributed by Carl Sheldon - More - Obituary/Photos

Jonathan Hazel GREEN - Enlisted, on the 1st day of August 1862 in Company C, 92nd IL Inf. and served until the 21st of June, 1865, when he received his honorable discharge. He was in some of the principal battles of the war, namely; Shelbyville, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Chattanooga - in fact, was for some time constantly under fire, and wound up with marching to the sea. He acted as Color-bearer during the first and second years, and was promoted to Corporal. He, with his own hands, hoisted the first United States flag in Chattanooga at the close of the war. At the battle near Raleigh NC his right arm was burned by a bullet, yet he was not disabled for duty, and, with the exception of suffering considerably in health from hardship and exposure, returned home safe and sound. - Extracted from his Biography



John HATHAWAY Co K - when enlisted age 30; born in Ohio; farmer; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, Ill., March 28, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865. Died at Savanna, Ill., several years since.

Barnabus HINDS (4 Oct 1823 - 14 Jan 1907) Buried at Lower York Cemetery

The American Civil War began on 12 April 1861. On 1 January 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation declaring that all slaves were "then, thencef orward and forever free". On 9 April 1865 the Confederate Army surrendered at Appomattox. On 15 April 1865 Lincoln was assassinated in Washington. Barnabas Hinds became a farmer and lived in Eden until 1845, when he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he married Matilda Buck in 1849, remaining there until 1855 when he returned to Eden. He was enlisted in the 11th Regiment, Company D. Vermont Volunteers, 9 August 1862 and was mustered on the 1 September 1862. He was wounded at Cedar Creek in Oct. 19, 1864 He remained in Eden until 1883, going to Ellendale, North Dakota, then in 1898 he went to Thompson, Illinois where he now resides (1899). He has furnished much of the data regarding his branch of the family for this work.
Source: Saphyre Rogers at Rootsweb World Connect

Herman Holland



Capt. Amos HOSTETTER - Co. U. 34th Reg. IL Vol. Fell in front Atlanta 26 July 1864; at the age of 26y. Shilo; Corinth; Stone River; Liberty Gap; Mission Ridge; Recaca Rome; Kenesaw Mountain. GAR Marker - at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co. IL


James R. HOWELL - Enlisted in the 71st I. V. I., July 9, 1862; Discharged Oct. 29, 1862. Returned to his home in Carroll County where he died in Lanark 29 May 1888.

Hollis HURD

James H. JACKSON - Enlisted May 24, 1861, in the 15th I. V. I.; Was in 20 engagements; Discharged May 24, 1864;


Laurentine JOHNSON - Served in the Civil War - CO I 34th Regiment under General Rosecrans. Killed in the service 25 April 1865

Frank KEARNEY - Served three years in late Rebellion, in Co. C, 92 I.V.I.

David KEISTER - Enlisted Aug. 9, 1862, in the 93d I. V. I.; Was in two engagements - Jackson and Champion Hill, Miss.; Was wounded in the last engagement; Discharged June 8, 1865.

Delancy KENYON

George Harzell KRIDLER - Corporal Co K 15th IL. Infantry. Enlisted May 24, 1861, died May 10, 1862, of wounds received at Pittsburg Landing. George was the son of John & Lydia (Ransom) Kridler, he was born 26 Jun 1836 in Plymouth PA.


John LAWSON Co K - when enlisted age 35; born in Sweden; tailor; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, March 28, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865.


Norman LEWIS -

He was living in Illinois and in Iowa until 1862, in August of which year he entered the ranks of his country's defenders, enlisting in Company C 92nd IL Inf. as a private. On the organizaiton of the company he was elected Secon Lt. and served int that capacity until Jan. 12, 1863 when he was promoted to First Lt. On the 22nd of July, 1865 he was appointed Captain by brevet. This appointment, which was directed by the War Dept. was given as stated therein, "for bravery and gallantry in the campaign in Georgia and the Carolinas.' At that time he was a member of Gen. Kilpatrick's Staff, and was present at the conference between Gens. Shierman and Johnston, at Durham's station NC April 14, 1865. Mr. Lewis served until the close of the war, and was transferred to the 65th IL Inf. in July 1865. After peace was declared he was left in charge of the Government property in the department of the Carolinas, as ordnance officer of the 3rd Military Div. of the Mississippi.

An incident in Capt. Lewis's career, recently published in the Chicago Times is worthy of a place in a work of this character.

"Away back in August 1862, says a dispatch from Harrisburg, the 56th PA Vol. went into the second battle of Bull Run, under the gallant Col. J. Hofmann. At Groverton, on August 29, while fighting bravely, their color company was surrounded, a portion captured by the rebels, and with the went the colors. Several days afterward some of the members of the color company were paroled by the rebels, and when on their way to Washington they passed the regiment and told Col. Hofmann that sooner than let their flag fall into the hands of te rebels they had cut it into small pieces and distributed it, and they showed a small piece of the blue field as evidence of the truth of their story. Col. Hofmann was loath to believe the story, but Richmond fell and he saw the list of flags recaptured from the rebels, and that of the 56th was not among them, he came to the conclusion that the story of the paroled members of the color company was true - they had destroyed the flag."

"One day recently, however, Adjt. Gen. Hastings received a letter from Capt. Norman Lewis, Company C, 92nd IL Inf., now living at THomson, IL, informing him that he had in his possession the flag of the 56th PA Vol., which had been captured by the rebels at the second Bull Run fight, and recaptured by him at the time of the surrender of Raleigh NC. Capt. Lewis stated that he had found the flag in the capitol at Raleigh and took possession of it, and he now desired to return it to the State of PA. This generous offer was appreciated, and he was directed to forward it. In due time the flag arrived at the Adjutant Gen. Dept. It is almost intact, save that time has cut the silk in several places, and there is a hole in it made by the branch of a tree which being taken through the woods, and the fringe was full of pine needles that stuck as the flas was dragged under the trees. In the blue field was pinned a large sheet of paper, bearing the inscription, "Captured by the 6th NC Reg. at the battle of Manassas No. 2." Underneath this was a small piece of paper bearing the words, "Recaptured at the surrender of Raleigh, NC by Norman Lewis." The flag will be photographed then placed ith the other flags of the 56th Reg. in the flag-room. There is no doubt the recent agitation over the return of the rebel flags led Cappt. Lewis to endeavor to find the owner of the flag he recaptured."

The above mentioned flag, together with sixteen others, was discovered at the capitol building in NC on the day of the surrender of Raleigh, April 13, 1865. The Confederate Governon, Swain, of that State, said when interrograted by Capt. Lewis in regard to the flags; "There are no flags here sir." A negro standing by, who, like all the blacks, was a friend of the Union soldier, spoke out and said: "Here, massa, I show you where de flags is." Capt. Lewis followed the loyal African, and seizing the emblems of Union liberty and law, found among themt he flag surrendered by Gen. Miles's command at Harpers Ferry, and the PA banner previously mentioned, toether with the flag of a NY Regiment. The latter was returned to the Governor of NY. Capt. Lewis had in his possession the PA flag about 23 years. He still has a number of others, which he retains as mementoes of the great struggle.
From the Portraits & Biographial1892..

John LISTER - Pvt. Co F 96th IL Inf. - Enlisted age 25; born in England; farmer; enlisted from Savanna; had a finger shot off at Lovejoy's Station; mustered out with Regiment. Resides at Lemars, Plymouth County, Iowa.
Contributed by Lyn Terese Miller Smith

George William LONG - Co A, 146th IL Vol. Inf. Served as escort to President Lincoln's funeral cortege.

Eli L. LOWER - Born 17 July 1843 in Williamsburg, Blair Co PA. Son of David & Susanna (Rhodes) Lower. In the spring of 1861 he accompanied his parents to Livingston County IL, remaining with them until the fall of 1862. In the month of August, that year, he being a stripling of 19 years, anxious to do his share to prevent the downfall of the Union, enlisted in Co B 129th IL Inf. and with the patience and heroic devotion so common to our citizen-soldiery, served with valor until the war closed. He took an active part in many important battles, such as those at Resaca, GA, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek; and in engagements around Atlant, fighting under Gen. Harrison; and he took part in many battles and skirmishes under Gen. Sherman in his famour "March to the Sea." Near Bentonville NC our subject was taken prisoner and confined in Libby Prison for 14 days. Having done his duty as a soldier, efficiently and faithfully, he was mustered out after the cessation of hostilities at Springfield IL. (From Portraits & Biographical 1892 Lee County IL)

Martin LOWER - Son of David & Susanna (RHodes) Lower. A member of Capt. Becker's Company in the 92nd IL Infantry. He died of lung fever while on a boat on the Cumberland River, between Nashville TN and Louisville KY and his remains lie buried on Southern soil. - From Portraits & Biographical History 1892 Lee County


Andrew A. McCLELLAN Co K - when enlisted age 29; born in Maryland; carpenter; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, March 28, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865. Is a druggist at Onaga, Kansas.

Dr. Francis E. MELUGIN

Frederick William MILLER - Co K. When enlisted age 26: born in Prussia; farmer; enlisted from Savanna; died at Nashville, Tenn., December 2, 1863, from wounds received at the battle of Chickamauga. Is buried in the National Cemetery at Nashville, Tenn. Contributed by Lyn Terese Miller Smith

Marona MYERS

James NICHOLAS - Co A. when enlisted age 25; born in Cleveland, Ohio; farmer; enlisted from Mt. Carroll, Ill.; Joined Company at Russellville, Tenn.; at muster out of Regiment was transferred to Company B, 21st Illinois; finally mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec 16, 1865. Is farming at Cuba City, Wis.

Thomas D. OAKLEY

Ole OLESON Co K - when enlisted age 21; born in Norway; farmer; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, March 28, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865.

George W. OLMSTEAD, oldest son of Oliver, and Alonzo W. OLMSTEAD, third son of Oliver, were in calvary regiments. Alonso Wilson Olmstead became ill and died at the end of the Civil War in Gainsville, Alabama, Sept 17 1865. He was still in the Illinois 9th Calvary Regiment.
Contributed by Ken Olmstead


Timothy O'SULLIVAN -

Paul Davison OTIS - was a hero of two wars ,the Black Hawk and the War of the Rebellion. He enlisted on the 23rd of August, 1861 in Co.A 45th Ill., and died in service near Shiloh battle ground. Paul was married to Amarilla Allen on October 15, 1839 Book A #4.



Frederick PRUFER CO K - when enlisted age 44; born in Germany; farmer; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, April 8, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas Dec. 16, 1865. Resides in Savanna, Carroll County, Ill.


W.H. REDMAN enlisted as private in Co. C. 12, IL Cavalry Jan 1, 1862 and was discharged June 18, 1866. For bravery he rose to the rank of Captain.



John C. RINEDOLLAR - Corporal CO A in the 146th IL Infantry. He was the son of Christopher & Sarah (Beltz) Rinedollar. Married to Nancy Adair

Mark RINEDOLLAR - Pvt, Co K 15th IL Infantry Enlisted May 24, 1861, mustered out May 24, 1864. Born 31 October 1831, Franklin Co PA the son of Christopher & Sarah (Beltz) Rinedollar. He died 8 February 1908 in Carroll County. Researcher Phil Moser (Rootsweb) has found evidence that Mark was declared insane in his later years.

Nelson RINEDOLLAR - Enlisted 14 Aug. 1862. Served in the 92nd Infantry and later in the 292nd IL Hospital. Married to Susan E. Austin 6 May 1869 in Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co IL Book B-Pg 15 # 580. They had at least one son named Flavius Austin Rinedollar born 16 Sep. 1870. After the Civil War, he studied medicine and graduated from the Chicago Medical College in 1869. Nelson was the Examining Surgeon of Pensions for Illinois.

John Armstrong ROBISON - Co K - When enlisted age 25: born in Carroll County; farmer; enlisted from Carroll County; At Chickamauga had his right arm shattered, rendering amputation necessary; was discharge at Chicago March 16, 1864. Has held numerous township and village offices, and resides at Savanna, Carroll County, Il. Contributed by Lyn Terese Miller Smith

George Alden ROOT - Sergeant, Company B, 7th Illinois Cavalry and was discharged as a Major and served as Adjutant of the Regiment. Mustered out 04 November 1865 - Major.

Darius F. SCOTT







Benjamin Franklin STRICKLER - Enlisted 24 May 1861, Union Army Co. K, 15th Regt., IL Infantry. under Capt. Nase; died at Rolla, MO 13 September 1861. Benjamin was the son of Benjamin & Elizabeth (Strock) Strickler, born 7 January 1842 Lancaster Co PA.

J.C. STRONG - enlisted in Co. C, 92d Regt., I. V. I.; served 21 months, and was transferred to a U.S. colored regt.; served 21 months, and held commission as Lieut. and Adjutant; was in the battles of Chicamauga,Nashville, Chatanooga,and others. Married to Antoinette Chase Sept 1, 1858 in N.Y. Survived the war, returned to Carroll Co.



Pliny TAYLOR Co K - when enlisted age 42; born in Virginia; butcher; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, March 26, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas Dec. 16, 1865. Is a policeman at Savanna, Ill.

Jabez W. TODD - Enlisted 24 May 1861 Co K IL 15th Inf. Reg. Mustered out 24 May 1864. Died 25 Mar 1923



William WALKER


Edward YATES

Christian YOUNG Co K - when enlisted age 30; born in Germany; carpenter; enlisted from Savanna, Carroll County, April 5, 1865; transferred to 21st Illinois June 9, 1865; mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 16, 1865.

"Wisperin Bill"
Written by Irving Batchelder in the 1860'
Contributed by Sharon Otto