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Jo Daviess County, Illinois
Civil War Soldier Records

Data was compiled by Christine Walters unless otherwise noted

BALL, Joel G.
He enlisted from here to take part in the late war, and he is a fine type of the noble citizen-soldiers who fought in defense of the Stars and Stripes, and his family may well be proud of his fine military record. He enlisted as a private in Company F, 17th Illinois Cavalry, and was in the service two years, leaving home Dec. 28, 1863, and returning Dec. 28, 1865, with the rank of Second-Lieutenant. His company was first ordered to Jefferson Barracks, and from there to Alton, Ill., to guard prisoners for a time. He engaged in the battle of Allen Station with the bushwhackers; and fought Bill Anderson near Rockport, where the rebel leader had three men to one of our subject's command, but the latter routed them. Mr. Ball took part in a skirmish near Raleigh and near Jefferson City his regiment was attacked by Price's whole force, but fell back and fortified itself in the city, and the men subsequently followed Price in his noted retreat, engaging in many bloody skirmishes on the way, and routing the enemy on each occasion. October 25, on the march, they overtook the force of rebels, and captured Gens. Marmaduke and Cable, with their commands, arms, ammunition, etc., our subject's regiment leading the charge that made the capture. October 27, at Drywood, Price made another stand, and the division in which our gallant Lieutenant belonged captured or killed 400 Confederates.
On the 28th of October, Price made another stand, and lost 400 dead and wounded, and 1,000 of his men were taken prisoners. After that our subject returned with his force to Raliegh (sic), having been in the saddle fifty-nine days, riding over 1,200 miles. January 28, 1865, our subject and the men of his command were ordered to Patterson, Mo., where they assisted in building a block-house, and then started to meet the rebel Gen. Thompson, who surrendered to them May 5, 1865, at Chalk Bluff, Ark., 9,000 men laying down their arms, together with six cannon and all the munitions of war. May 11, Lieut. Ball started for Pappenville, MO, arriving there June 1, and thence proceeded to Ft. Leavenworth, KS, reaching that point June 14. In September he was sent with his regiment out on the plains to meet the Indians, and they made their headquarters at Ft. Larnard. After their return from that expedition our subject was honorably discharged at Ft. Leavenworth, Dec. 18, 1865, receiving his final discharge-papers in Springfield, Ill., where he was paid off. During his whole term of service, although he was often in the heat of battle, he was never wounded, and his gallantry in action and efficiency as a soldier received merited commendation from his superiors, and due recognition in the form of promotion from the ranks.

BRAY, Thomas B.
During the progress of the Civil War, Mr. Bray enlisted August 1, 1862 in Co. I. 96th IL Inf. which was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. He remained iwth his regiment until April, 1863 when he was detailed into the pioneer service, making breastworks, bridges, etc., for the passage of troops. He participated in the battle of Franklin, and at teh expiration of his first term of service, re-enlisted in July 1864 in the 1st U.S. Veteran Vol. Engineer Corp., serving until receiving his honorable discharge, by order of the War Dept. in June 1865. He is a member and present Commander of David Hill Post # 532, G.A.R. at Elizabeth.

EDWARDS, James Albert
Enlisted in the Civil War ate the age of 20 in 1862 to served in CO D 92nd Reg. Jo Daviess County. He developed chronic diarrhea in March 1863 and died April 14, 1863. He is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery Section D Site 3264. James never married. His father came to Nashville to claim his sons personal property. Son of Joseph & Ellen (Mitchell) Edwards he was born about 1842.

EDWARDS, Thomas Jefferson
Enlisted in the Civil War on August 15, 1862 at Warren, Jo Daviess County IL in Co H 96th Reg. IL Infantry at the age of 24. On January 12, 1864 he was listed as "absent sick" due to inflamation of eyes, which resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye. January 1864 he was transferred to the Invalid Corps. "On the muster roll of Co D 5th Reg. Veterans Reserve Corp. for January and Feb. 1865". On August 14, 1864 Thomas filed for disability. It was granted as he was consider to be three-fourth disabeled. On Feb. 8, 1865 he was discharged from the VRC Co D 5th Reg. After his discharge, military pension records list his residence in Wheeling WV - 17 years, Foster Co N.D. 21 years and Ransom County 5 years. Thomas didn't return home to Jo Daviess County after the war and married another woman, Emaline Miller. No documentation of a divorce from his first wife, Fidelia Patterson Edwards could be found. She married George F. Hastings in 1872. She thought she had been left a widow because of the war and filed for her son George, widow-child benefits on June 26, 1880 and stated that his father had "died in service". She received a letter stating that Thomas was alive and receiving a disability pension. She was also told that Thomas had married another woman, but she had other children now by George Hastings and she had to go on caring for her family. Thomas died on August 17, 1914 in the Soldiers Home in Ransom Co. N.D.

EVANS, John E.
Volunteered to assist in the defense of his adopted country, and in the three years that followed he did noble service in many a hard-fought battle. He was a member of Company I, 96th IL Inf. and was present with his regiment at the battles of Resaca, Kingston, Franklin, Buzzards's Roost, Nashville and other important engagements, in which he and his comrads did effective work. MR. Evans was wounded at Kingston and hadd nothing further to do with the Atlanta campaign until after the fall of that city.

FOWLER, Robert Adams
Co F 96th Illinois Volunteers Infantry. Died in Battle of Resacca, 2 May 1864. Son of Daniel & Anna (Adams) Fowler Jo Daviess County IL
Contributed by Michael Skoworn Jr.

GOODWIN, William E.
William E. Goodwin ["Will"] was born about 1815/1819 in Missouri.
He died 5 Jan 1889 in Guilford Twp., Jo Daviess Co., Illinois.
During the Civil War William E. volunteered with the 96th Inf, Company F, Jo Daviess County Volunteers as a Private. He enlisted 13 August 1862 and was discharged 15 Sep 1863 in Chicago, disabled. He was 5' 10", light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. He filed a claim for disability and it was never approved. After several dispositions it was determined that he had shot himself in the foot and the disability was ruled to be self-inflicted. Widows Pension Information is at the National Archives [NARA] #WC419.506 - Missina Goodwin filed for a widow's pension in Iowa page: 2495 on 11 APR 1890. A Special Examiner interviewed her and several other witnesses in June 1892. Her claim was denied. It was determined that she was never "legally" married to William Goodwin since she was never able to prove her divorce from her first husband; William Johnson. Another request for a pension was filed by a congressman on her behalf in Feb 1892, butthere no record has been found of what became of that request.

Name: William E. Goodwin
Residence: Guilford, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 13 August 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union;State Served: Illinois;Unit Numbers: 423
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 13 August 1862
Enlisted in Company F, 96th Infantry Regiment Illinois [Jo Daviess County Volunteers] on 04 September 1862.
Received a disability discharge Company F, 96th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 15 September 1863
Battles Fought by unit during that time:
Fought on 22 September 1862 at Chattanooga, TN.
Fought on 14 April 1863 at Franklin, TN.
Fought on 14 July 1863.
[Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Lori Gilbert]

HICKS, John G.
member of the 17th IL Cav. 1863-1865, buried in Franklin Co. Iowa

LEE, George W.
George W.F. Lee was born 06 Mar 1840 in Jo Daviess County
He died 30 Oct 1870, in Jo Daviess
Officer's Certificate of Disability of Soldier.
State of Illinois, Jo Daviess County
I, George S. Avery do hereby certify that I was late Major of the 3rd Regiment of Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, and am acquainted with George W. F. Lee who was a member of said Company. That the said George W. F. Lee was mustered into service on or about the 23rd day of September 1861, and discharged about the 31st day of December 1864, having become disabled from duty as a soldier from, on or about the --- day of January 1864, while in the service of the United States, and in the line of duty as a soldier, in the manner and at the place as follows:
Inflammation of the eyes caused by exposure while in the line of his duty as a soldier during the Little Rock Arkansas Expedition during the month of August A. D. 1863.
That the said soldier was in good health at the time he entered the service, and the disability above referred to affected him while in the service and at his discharge, as follows: Inflammation of the eyes and general debility which render him unable to do any work.
My knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source: Serving with the Regiment while in the field and personal observation since muster out of the U. S. Service, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, nor concerned in the prosecution of a pension claim in the case of said soldier.
Geo. S. Avery
Late Maj Co. Three Reg't Cav. Mo Vols
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 6th day of Jun A. D. 1870.
W. F. Crummer, Clerk of the County Court, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
[Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Melany Granville]

MALTBY, Jasper Adelmorn
Jasper Maltby
Born 03 Nov 1826 Ashtabula OH
Died 12 Dec 1867 Vicksburg MS
Civil War Union Brigadier General, Buried at Greenwood Cemetery - JoDaviess Co IL
Son of David and Lucy (Marsh) Maltby
Married Melvina A. James
Son: Henry Maltby
Grandson of Wm. and Rachel (Kerr) Maltby
[Information added by Christine Walters]

McGINNIS, Joseph
Joseph enlisted as a private in Co. B, 46th IL.US Infantry
At Freeport IL on 10 Sept 1861
Mustered into Federal service 14 Sept 1861 at Camp Butler, IL
This was an Army training camp.
He was the son of Francis & Jane (Coffer) McGinnis
Born in 1844 Jo Daviess County IL
Died 28 September 1861
Springfield, Sangaman County IL
Burial at Clay Cemetery Jo Daviess Co IL

ROWLEY, William Reuben
Born 08 Feb 1824
Died 09 Feb 1886
Civil War Brevet Brigadier General. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel while serving on the staff of General Ulysses Grant. Brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865 for "meritorious service."

SMITH, John Corson

Born 13 Feb 1832
Died 31 Dec 1910
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Served in the Civil War first as Major and Provost Marshal on the staff of Brigadier General Absalom Baird, then as Provost Marshal on the staff of Brigadier General James B. Steedman, then finally as Lieutenant Colonel of the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on June 20, 1865 for “meritorious services”. After the end of the conflict he served as Illinois State Treasurer from 1870 to 1881 and from 1883 to 1885, and as Illinois’ Lieutenant Governor from 1885 to 1889
Portrait from Ron Deavy
Headstone from Steve Dunn

SMITH, John Eugene
03 Aug 1816 - 29 Jan 1897
Civil War Union Brevet Major General. Born in Switzerland, he was a jeweler when he entered the Union Army in 1861, as Colonel of the 45th Illinois Infantry. He engaged in the capture of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, the Battle of Shiloh and siege of Corinth. Promoted Brigadier General in November, 1862, he commanded the 8th Division of the 16th Army Corps in the Vicksburg campaign and led the 15th Corps in the capture of Mission Ridge in September, 1863. From 1864 to the end of the war, he participated in the Atlanta and Carolina campaigns. For faithful services and gallantry in action, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers in January, 1865. After the war, he remained in the Regualr Army and was assigned to the 27th United States Infantry. Portrait and Bio from John Griffith / Headstone from Steve Dunn

Died at Andersonville Prison 26 Jun 1864 - Code No: 12532, Grave No: 2532. Private Co. H. 96th Reg. IL Infantry. Cause of Death - Diarrhea. Henry was the son of George B. & Abigail (Westcott) Stanchfield, born 5 May 1834 in Milo, Piscataquis, Maine

WHITE, Jonathan
Brother of J.W. White of Hanover Woolen. Pvt D 45th IL Inf. Residence of Washington, Carroll County IL. Age 30 5" 8 1/4" - Dark hair, Hazel Eyes, Fair Complexion. Occupation: Miller -- Born in Lowell MA.. Joined 30 December 1863 in Dixon IL - Capt. Eustace for 3 years. Mustered in Jan. 12, 1864 in Dixon - Mustered out 12 July 1865 in Louisville KY - Cpt. Roberts

WHITE, Samuel D.
Soon after the first call for troops he entred the ranks of the Union Army, becoming a member of Co D 45th IL Inf. which was assigned to the Dept. of TN. He participated in many of the important battles which followed thereafter - Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hills adn the siege of Vicksburg, at which latter place his regiment held the pot of honor, and its flag was the first which floated over the city after its surrender. He was also in other engagements and skirmished too numerous to mention until meeting the enemy in the siege of Atlanta. In the meantime he was twice wounded on the field of Shiloh in the head by minnie balls. These however, did not disable him so as to be unfit for duty. At the expiration of his term of enlistment he received his honorable discharge Nov. 20, 1864 at Nashville TN and soon afterward returned to his native county.


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