Jo Daviess County, IL
Civil War Information

William E. Goodwin
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

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.

Civil War :
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, 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.

George W. Fuller Lee
Civil War Information
Jo Daviess County, IL
Contributed by Melany Granville
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