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Thursday, 19 June 1930
Oakland Messenger
(Contributed by Src #2)

Four Veterans of Spanish American War

There are only four veterans of the Spanish-American war living in this city, so far as known by the writer. They are as follows: C.W. Clement, C.C. Garrison, Clifford Cox and O.O. Pepper. It is our understanding that all the above gentlemen will be entitled to a pension under the new law recently passed by congress. Herbert Thornton, Al Bland and Ernest Chester who went from Oakland, have long since answered the last roll call. [The Oakland Messenger Thursday 19 June 1930, Contributed by Src #2]

Contributed by Src #123:

Here is a newspaper article that was found in a very old ledger book kept by my grgrandfather, James DeJarnett Jones, of Coles Co. I am sure it is from the paper at Charleston - unknown date:

" The first volunteers enlisted at Charleston & were mustered in Co. C of the 8th reg't for 3 months, under the command of Col. Richard J. Oglesby. James M. Ashmore was its captain; James B. Hill, 1st Lt.; & Daniel Sayer, 2nd Lt. Wm. S. Marshall of Charleston, was the 2nd Captain of Co. D in the same regiment.

Many Coles Co. boys were in Co. E of the 25th Ill. Volunteer & that company had for its Captains, Westford
Taggart & Wm. J. Sallee, both of Charleston. Taggart later became Lt-Col.

Grant was appointed Colonel of the 21st Ill. Inf., by Governor Yates, in June 1861, and assumed command of the regiment on the 16th day of that month, at its rendezvous near Matoon; and from that, as a starting point, began the brilliant career of this great soldier which has made his name immortal.

Judge A.M.
Peterson long an honored citizen of our county, commanded a company from Jasper co in that regiment.

Co. D of 41st reg't, commanded first by Edmund W.
True, who was killed at Ft. Donalson, then by R.H. Mcfadden, and then by Joseph Withington, was made up largely of Coles Co. volunteers. R.H. Mcfadden was later promoted to be major.

The 68th Ill. Reg't had Houston L.
Taylor of Mattoon, for its Lt.-Colonel, & Co. C. of this regiment was made up of Coles Co. men. The captain of Co. C was John P. St. John of Charleston.

The 123rd reg't had as its first commander Col. James
Monroe, who was killed at the battle of Farmington, Tn., Oct. 7, 1863. Jonathan Briggs of Matoon, succeeded Monroe as Col. James A. Connolly, then of Charleston, was Major.

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