97th Illinois Infantry

Jasper County Soldiers


Address to 97th ILL Vol. by Victor Fivquain, Colonel 87th Ill. dated August, 1865, Springfield, Ill.
[Contributed by Mary Lou (Guyette) Wardlaw (source #155), granddaughter of Charles Titus (16 Mar 1844 Dresden, Muskingum Co OH-24 Jan 1927 Mattoon, Coles Co IL). Her Grandfather, Charles Titus, joined the 97th Vol. Inf. under Col. Victor Vifquain in Coles Co IL. Charles Titus' son, Victor Vifquain Titus, was named after his commanding officer. ]

"Farewell men of the 97th Illinois! Peace has broken the ties that for three long years have united us together. The moment to separate has arrived. Our task is done. The honor of our country is vindicated. Our glorious Union has been preserved intact and the struggle is ended. Of all that is dear to our hearts, a soldier's friendship, contracted in continual campaigns and maintained in the fearful uproar of battle and in the solemn quiet by the vivouac fire, is the dearest and most devoted of friendships. It is so, for God has made it so, as a compensation for the many trials that you have endured. It is so because a soldier's heart is a noble heart. It is useless for me to enumerate the deeds you have done; every one of you has them engraved in your heart, and men more able than I have eulogized your bravery and devotion. My last words to you are most affecting to my heart. To think that I never more will see you in line of battle with the Stars and Stripes waving their glorious folds over you; to think that the 97th will never more be together on the march, in camp or in battle; to think that I will never more have the right to say; 'Fall in 97th;' to think that I never more will have the honor to lead you in battle, is for me a very sad thought. Still I am happy to return you to your homes; happy to think that your wives and children, your parents and your friends will soon press you to their bosoms and hear from your own lips the terrible 'History of the Rebellion.' I am grieved to part with you, and still I am happy to return to your Prairie State four hundred of the nine hundred braves who left their homes and all that was dear to them to fight the battles of their country. Only four hundred! Five hundred comrades left behind, sleeping the sleep that knows no waking. Dear friends! Gallant soldiers! Glorious martyrs! Fitting sacrifices offered upon the altar of their country! 'May their memory grow green with the years and flourish with the lapse of ages.'

Farewell again 97th Illinois! Farewell boys, - boys who upon a word from me were all willing to sacrifice your lives, - farewell. My heart desires to tell you things that my hand is not strong enough to write, but it is my desire to be remembered by you. I shall ever remember the 97th Illinois, and the honors you have won for me will ever be an object of my most sincere gratitude. May you all be happy and prosperous in all your undertakings. Farewell, God bless you.'


Soldiers found in the Civil War Database:

ALBERT, JOHN PVT B 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
ANDREWS, WILLIAM T PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
ATON, JOHN H PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
BAKER, WILLIAM PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
BANTA, WILLIAM H PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
BARCLAY, JOSEPH E SGT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
BEAL, HIRAM PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
BROCK, HOLLEN S PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
BROOKS, HENRY C PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
BUBB, GEORGE PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
BUTLER, WARRED C PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
BUTLER, WILLIAM D MUS E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
CASH, WILLIAM PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
CHAPMAN, ISAAC PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
CHAPMAN, WILLIAM J PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
CHAPMAN, WILLIAM W PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
COONS, DANIEL PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
COONS, WILLIAM S PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
COTTINGHAM, WILLIAM H PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
CUMMINS, SIDNEY F PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
CUMMONS, JEFFERSON PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
CUMMONS, JOHN PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
DALGAR, HENRY 1LT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
DENMAN, FRANCIS M 2LT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
DENMAN, GEORGE W 1SGT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
ELDER, JOHN L 1LT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
ELDER, JOSEPH PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
FINNEY, JAMES K PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
FINNEY, JOHN PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
FLOYD, CYRUS W PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
GERARD, ELIAS PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
GOSNELL, DAVID PVT E 97 IL US INF ROSE HILL
GOSNELL, MATTISON PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
GREEN, WILLIAM O PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
GREGORY, FRANCIS M PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
GUYTON, WILLIAM F PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
HARDING, GEORGE C 1LT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
HARDING, JAMES T PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
HARDING, JOHN R CPL E 97 IL US INF HILDALGO
HARDING, PYRRHUS W PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
HAYS, JAMES R REC E 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HERRON, ELI P PVT E 97 IL US INF ROSE HILL
HOLDREN, JAMES PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HOLDREN, WILLIAM PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HOMER, MICHAEL PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HUDDLESON, JAMES PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HUDDLESON, JAMES A PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
HUTSON, WILLIAM PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
INGLE, VINCENT PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
JAMES, CYRUS K CPL E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
JAMES, SAMUEL T PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
JONES, ALLEN S REC E 97 IL US INF HAZEL DELL
JONES, WILLIAM C REC E 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
JOSLIN, JOSEPH S PVT B 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
KELLY, MARION PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
KIBBLER, ISAAC CPL E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
KIBLER, JACOB E PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
KIBLOURNE, JOHN H PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
LARIMER, GEORGE W 1LT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
LAWS, ADNA PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
LIST, JACOB A CPL E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
LITTLE, JOHN PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
LONG, LEONIDAS PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
LYDA, MICHAEL PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MACE, WILLIAM A PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MANNING, JAMES PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MARKLAND, RICHARD J PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MARKLAND, WILLIAM A PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MARKWELL, MARTIN CPL D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MARTIN, SAMUEL H PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MAYFIELD, JAMES PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
MAYNOR, WILLIAM J PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MCCAY, ISAAC PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
MCCOLLUM, ASA PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
MCCOMAS, WILLIAM J PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
MCELWEE, GEORGE PVT E 97 IL US INF ROSE HILL
MEADOR, MARTIN P PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
MENDENHALL, BENJAMIN PVT E 97 IL US INF ROSE HILL
MONTGOMERY, NATHAN PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
NESBITT, JOSEPH M PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
OSBORN, JACOB PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
OSBORN, WILLIAM L PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
PENNINGTON, SAMUEL P PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
PLUNKET, PRESTON PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
POORE, ARCHIBALD CPL D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
POORE, WILLIAM PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
RICE, FRANCIS M CPL E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
ROBERTS, CORWIN PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
ROBERTS, SOLOMON PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SHADLEY, DANIEL PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SMITH, JEREMIAH W REC B 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SMITH, RAY CPL D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
SMITH, SILAS M 2LT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SOWERS, HENRY PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SUTHERLAND, HENRY J PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SUTTON, HENRY M PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
SWICK, DANIEL PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
SWICK, JOHN B PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
TITUS, CHARLES PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
TURNER, CHRISTOPHER PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WARD, WILLIAM B REC E 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WARREN, JAMES P CPL D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WHEELER, BENJAMIN PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO
WILLIAMS, ALBYNO CPL D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WILLIAMS, S A PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WILSON, JOSEPH A PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
WILLIAMS, JOHN WILLIAM
(sub. by Angel Prieur-Capmajo)
PVT D 97 Enrolled 16 Aug 1862 in Jasper Co.
Transfrd. to 37 INF, Co. E.
m/o 15 May 1866
 
WINER, WILLIAM PVT D 97 IL US INF JASPER CO
YELTON, JOHN J PVT E 97 IL US INF HIDALGO

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