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Alexander Roberts

Donated by Tom Roberts

Born:  29 September 1825 TN
Married - 24 or 28 October 1849,  McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., IL to Sarah Jane Durham (b. 4/15/1830 KY)
Ceremony performed by Alfred Braden, Justice of Peace
Died  19 January 1877,Somerset Twp. Jackson Co., IL
Buried  Roberts Farm Cemetery, Somerset Twp. Jackson Co., IL
(His descendants continue to live in Jackson Co., IL)

Father of eight. Had five children by the time he enlisted at age 39.

Pictured in his Civil War uniform. Field photo taken sometime after the siege of Vicksburg, circa Aug. or Sept. 1863

Enlisted August 12, 1862 at Murphysboro, IL for a three-year term as a private in Co. D, 81st Illinois Vol. Infantry.

Mustered in August 26, 1862 at Camp Anna, Anna, IL.

Wounded during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, May, 22,1863.

. . that while engaged upon in the charge upon Vicksburg in the State of Mississippi on the 22nd day of May 1863, the
aforesaid Alexander Roberts received a gunshot wound in his right hand, greatly shattering the bones of the thumb of said hand and permanently and greatly destroying the usefulness of said thumb.²

Taken from signed testimony and affidavit of George W. Nosley, January 13, 1882, late Private Co. D 81st Illinois Vol. in the
matter of the pension claim for widowed Sarah J. Roberts on file at Springfield, IL

Promoted March 1, 1865 to the rank of Corporal.

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