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Lee County Military

CIVIL WAR


The shot fired on Fort Sumter in April, 1861 had its echoing effect on Dixon as wella s on the rest of the nation as it herlded the state of civil war between the North and the South. Historians record that on that day in Dixon "everyone from the old to the young cuold think and talk of little else. From the very outset Dixon served a practical purpose in the fight for national unity. In addition to the patriotic labors and the supplies and soldiers which the town contributed ot the war effort, as a rail center it had additional importance. The fact that two railroads crossed each other in the county, giving an outlet in four directions was of great importance in a day when transportation facilities wer extremely meager.

Dixon then became a rallying point for a large section of the country. Companies of soldiers formed in other counties, were sent here to join others. Some waited days and weeks before preceding on to their destinations. The railroads were taxed to their utmost. Mrs. S.S. Dodge, writing the history of Lee County int he Civil War in Frank E. Stevens published history, stated; "It was sad to see the brave boys often sent away in freight cars.. the courae it must have taken for am an to avow those sentiments in this northland, which parted him from relatives, friends and neighbors, sometimes bringinghim financial losses and bodily injury; and the bitter feeling never ended, but lasted as long as life itself." On the 17th of Aprilthe beginning of hostilities found Dixonites united in purpose, despite party politics or previous disagreements. The action of the government wsa hertily approved.

On April 22 the first company of volunteers met and hoisted a flag opposite the mayor's office. They elected A.B. Gorgas captain; Henry T. Noble, first Lieutenant, and Henry Dement, second lieutenant. Two other companies, the Dixon Cadets and Dixon Blues, were organized, but were not needed immediately. Nearly all enlisted again laer and went to war. On Apirl 25, the women of Dixon expressed their national unity and patriotism when they presented a banner to Captain Gorgas company. The women had made the banner themselves, spending long hours together at the old Methodist church. The presentation took place in front of the courthouse and was made by Miss Mary Williams who later became the wife of Henry Dement. The regiment of 970 men, of the Second Congressional district, went into camp on the old fairgrounds just east of the cemetery. The Company A members werepresented with uniforms made by Dixon women.

June 16 the 13th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers left by rail for Caseyville, 12 miles from St. Louis, and on September 2, the 34th IL Volunteers left Dixon. A camp for recruiting and organizing troops was established on the river bank west of the railroad, near where the shoe factory now stands, on October 1, Col. John Dement was in command of the encampment.

Dement Plalanx went into winter quarters on December 5 in the stone building erected for a plow works near the depots. A newly-organized artillery company elected John Cheney captain on Jan. 14, 1862. On Feb. 2, the 46th Reg. encamped in Dements Barracks through the winter, left for Springfield. John Stevens, father of Dixon historian and newspaperman, Frank Stevens was captain of the outfit. A new company was formed on June 10 with James W. Reardon as captain and on Sept. 4, the 75th IL vol. in Camp Dixon, on the bank of the river, was mustered into service with five companies from Lee county and five from Whiteside. This regiment left for Louisville on Sept. 27.

Mrs. Dodge, continuing her account of the war years, wrote: "And so they marched away, that beautiful army of boys, with flags flying,a nd the inspiring strains of the fife and drum; sad hearts, gay hearts; with experiences awaiting them to turn the strongest heart cold; weariness, loneliness, sickness, exposure, poor food, wounds, starvation in prisons, and death for thousands of them."

The total quotas for Lee county were 2,454 men, and the enlistments were eight short of that number. Just how the number was made up, whether by draft or later enlistment, was not recorded. The state wsa determined from the outset that the quotas called for should be filled by enlisted men, not by drafting. It became necessary, after a time for the county to offer a bounty and at the November term of court in 1863 a bounty of $100 was offered ot every accepted volunteer. It was necessary, because of low funds in the treasury, to issue $15,000 in bonds for this purpose. At the February term of the supervisors court, it was reported that $4,061.50 had been distributed as a relief fund to families of volunteers.

On July 18, 1864 the Prsident called for 500,00 more men, and on september 14 th board appropriated $900 for each man enlisting to fill this call. The clerk was also authorized to issue orders not to exceed $150,000. He was also order to draw notes on the county treasury for a sum not to exceed $2,000 for the relief of families of volunteers, not to exceed $100 each. The Volunteer Aid Assoc. on June 20, 1861 secured subscriptions to the amount of $2,625 as a fund for the benefit of families of absent volunteers.

Much individual work was done to help families - such as hauling wood, providing food and clothing. Inspiring in its character of patriotism was a group of schoolage young men who formed a club for the purpose of helping soldiers widows and families. The organization had as its president Carlos Burr; Lafayette Cavis as vice president; Goodwin Patrick as secretary; Sherwood Dixon as assistant secretary and Charles Giles, treasurer. Reports of the adjutant general show that Lee County paid $405,214.75 bounties; to soldiers families, $15,465.75; besides $218,707.55 paid as interest on county warrants or bonds; making a total of $639,388.05. This was more than was expended by any other county int he state, with the exception of Cook and Bureau counties.

During the Civil War only 8 men were called for by draft to fill the Lee county quotas. ALl the rest volunteered. The first quota assigned to the state in 1861 wa sfor 47,785 men. The second called for 26,148 in July 1862. In 1863 the state was aked to provide 36,700. In 1864 the demands were great. in February of that year the call was for 46,309, an additional 18,564 in March and 32,887 more in December. In all the state of IL furnished a total of 314,528 men. When the repeated demands for more men began to reach these proportions, the ocunty and the towns of Dixon, Palmyra, Lee center and Willow Creek voted bounties and other inducements. Although eight men were called by draft, it is believed they never served. It is recorded by historians that is is likely the number was made up by enlistments before the eight were called duty.

John G. Fleck, Josiah M. Davis and Louis M. Baisdale were appointed commissioners by the board of supervisors and $6,000 was appropriated to equip the volunteers of Lee Co. By the authority, granted by the state legislature, the 13th IL Volunteer Inf. was formed and mustered in May 24, 1861 at Fort Dement, Dixon. John B. Wyman of Amboy was the commanding Colonel, with B.F. Parks of Aurora as Lt. Col. A.B. Gorgas of Dixon and Frederick W. Patridge were majors.

From the Dixon Evening Telegraph - May 1, 1951: The role of Dixon women in the Civil war was a heroic one. In March, 1862, the women of the town organized a Soldiers' Aid Society, under the leadership of MRs. Enoch WOod. Among the many activities was the making of a silk album quilt which had more significance than is first implied. In the center of each block was a white silk piece, on which names were written - with each name bringing in a small sum of money. The quilt was bought, and given back, sold over and over again. During the first year of the war, with many soldiers camped around Dixon, the women did a great deal of cooking to provide adequate food for the men. \

When word was received that there would be a company of men through town, the women hurried to put on coffee pots, lard their kettles for frying doughnuts and baking bread as soon as possible. When trainloads of soldiers passed through Dixon, the women of the town provided the food. It was reported that the vegetables were a welcome relief from the monotonous menu of hard, dry biscuits and poor salt meat. Other women knitted socks and made nightshirts for the wounded in hospitals. The younger women sang war songs at concerts; school girls wrote letters to friends who had gone to the front. Although sewing machines were new and not very numerous, the Dixon women made and fitted uniforms for Company A of the 1eth Regiment. Thus they continued, through the duration of the war, providing every need they could for the armies of the North.

The town of Dixon is credited with about 550 volunteers for service in the Civil War. Many of these however came from adjacent towns but are placed on the role of honor for Dixon. This is especially true of Palmyra Volunteers. Of the number of soldiers reported from Dixon there were 19 commissioned officers and 42 non-commissioned. There were 52 promotions, a large number of which were privates to commissioned and non-commissioned offices because of meritorious service. A History of Dixon & Palmyra" published in 1880, reported 69 as having been killed in battle or having met death from sickness in hospitals or home on furlough, or dying soon after being discharged because of wounds or disease contracted in the service. The list includes the following men. George L. Aikens, Stephen Austin, Charles A. Becker, B.F. Berry, James Brennan, William Bronson, Albert Brookfield, Alfred K. Buckaloo, Osborn Cheney, Joseph Clark, Homer Clark, John Cookson, Ezra Cooper, John Coyle, John Crawford, Daniel Cromwell, William Culver, Alexander Done, George Ehrman, John Fitzgerald, Frank Ford, Samuel Geneung and Benjamin Gilman. Lewis Geichman, Charles Goble, Lewis Gregwire, James Grogan, William Hackett, Clinton D.Harrison, John Hayes, Seth J.Heaton, Joseph Hill, Arthur Hoxie, George Hummerston, Michael Kane, Charles Kennedy, Deedrick Krueger, Charles N. Leavenway, Samuel Liedy, Mark W. Ling, Joseph Loveless, Charles Mason, Thomas McBride, George McIntyre, James Mcfar. Mead and David Merrick. James H. Montgomery, Charles Mosteller, Sidney Newell, Edward O'Brien, Oscar Philbrick, Theodore W. Raub, John Reeves, John R. Richards, Alex Rosenbaum, John Siefs, Albert Slater, William Stackpole, Homef Steadman, John Stevens, Samuel Stewart, William Stewart, William Stewart, N.H. Thompson, Thomas Twoey, Samuel Uhl, John William, Stephen Wilahaus and William Young.

BOSWORTH, Amos
On September 2, 1861, when the 34th IL Volunteers left Dixon, second in command was Amos Bosworth of Dixon, as lieutenant colonel.

Colonel Bosworth later died of diseases contracted in the Army and his funeral was held in Dixon on April 21, 1862.







DEMENT, Henry Dodge - Pvt. 13th IL Vol.
Enlisting as a Private in the IL 13th Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, Henry D.Dement, son of Col. John Dement was successfully promoted until he received the rank of Captain for his gallantry at Arkansas Post and Chickasaw Bayou in 1862. Shortly after the fall of Vicksburg he resigned his commission and after the war engaged in the manufacturing business in Dixon. Beginning in 1872 he served two terms in the State Legislature and beginning in 1876 he was elected State Senator from Lee and Ogle Counties for two terms. Captain Dement served for a time as Warden of the Joliet Penitentiary and served as Illinois secretary of state 1880 - 88. Afterwards he became post office inspector for the district of Kane and adjacent counties serving 14 years. He was born in Galena in 1840. He knew Abraham Lincoln initially, knew President U.S. Grant and was a friend of Generals Oglesby and Gov. Yates.
(From the Dixon Evening Telegraph 1 May 1951 - Centennial Edition)

Alexander P HITTLE of China Twp., Illinois, enlisted 02 September 1861. Distinguished service in Company C, 34th Infantry Regiment IL the Union Army unit Number 357 - 357. Wounded and was discharged because of wounds Company C, 34th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 21 July 1862. He recovered from his wounds and moved to Iowa where he re-enlisted 26 September 1863 where he again received recognition for Distinguished Service in the Union Army for the state of Iowa - Unit Numbers 181-181. He enlisted as a Sergeant 6th Class on 26 September 1863 at the age of 23. Enlisted in Company M, 9th Cavalry Regiment Iowa on 30 November 1863. Promoted to Full Sergeant 5th Class on 01 July 1864. Promoted to Full Sergeant 4th Class on 10 January 1865. Promoted to Full Sergeant 3rd Class on 01 July 1865. Mustered out Company M, 9th Cavalry Regiment Iowa on 03 February 1866 in Little Rock, AR Alexander Hittle was the son of Jacob HITTLE and Nancy A. (CULP) HITTLE. He is buried in the Emmert Cemetery, Lee County IL.

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

George HITTLE, also a son of Jacob & Nancy (Culp) Hittle, enlisted in the Union Army as a Corporal on 12 August 1862, from Lee County IL. Unit # 398-398. He was wounded at Perryville KY, 2 September 1862 and died of his wounds on 12 November 1862. Enlisted in Company G, 75th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 02 September 1862. Died of wounds Company G, 75th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 12 November 1862 in Perryville, KY

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

INGALLS, Charles H.
He was but a boy when the war broke out, but watched its course with a deep interest and in August 1862 inspired with as lofty a patriotism as that which nimated his elders, he offered his services to the Union, but to his bitter disappointment, he was rejected on account of his youth and size. In December, 1863 he again volunteered and this time was accepted, and was mustered in as a private in Co E, 75th IL Inf. He accompanied his regiment to chattanooga and thence with Sherman to Atlanta, and was present at the capture of that city, besides taking part in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain and Peach Tree Creek. He then returned to TN with Gen. Thomas and fought int he engagements at Franklin, Spring Hill and Nashville. In the latter city he was detailed by the medical directory to the First Division of the 4th Army Corps an din June 1865 was transferred to Co K 21st IL Inf. In July he went to New Orleans, and in August to San Antonio TX where he remained until orders were received for mustering his regiment out of the service, December 25, 1865. From January until June 10 of that year, he had been in the office of the Medical Director and was subsequently in the Provost-Guard's headquarters and in the Provost-Marshal-General's office at San Antonio, holding a position in the latter until his discharge. In May 1865 he had been promoted to be Sergeant, an honor richly deserved, as he had shown himself in every way worthy of preferment by his loyalty to his country, by his excellent soldiership on the battlefield and by his prompt and intelligent service wherever he was placed. his military record was won when he was scarcely more than a boy, for he was not yet out of his teens when the war closed.
From Portraits and Biographical Lee County

Simeon T. JOSSELYN - Medal of Honor Citation - First Lieutenant, Company C, 13th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., 25 November 1863. Entered service at: Amboy, Ill. Born: 14 January 1842, Buffalo, N.Y. Date of issue: 4 April 1898. Citation: While commanding his company, deployed as skirmishers, came upon a large body of the enemy, taking a number of them prisoner. Lt. Josselyn himself shot their color bearer, seized the colors and brought them back to his regiment.

KEISTER, Frederick Co A -34th IL Inf.
Frederick entered the Union Army, with the patriotic motive of helping to fight the battles of the Government under whose institutions he had come to live. His name was enrolled as a member of Company A, Thirty-fourth Illinois Infantry, which was under the command of Col. Kirk and Capt. W. C. Robertson. His regiment was organized in September, 1861, and was dispatched to the front to join the Army of the Tennessee. Mr. Keister was scarcely more tban a boy when he enlisted, but his fidelity to the cause, his efficiency and promptness in the discharge of his duties, and his bravery, made his services as valuable as those of many a battle-scarred veteran, and on numerous occasions the youth won the commendations of his superiors. He was in many important engagements, scaling the heights of Missionary Ridge in the famous battle fought there, accompanying Sherman on his march to the sea, assisting in the capture of Atlanta, and again facing the enemy at Bentonville, N. C., and finally taking part in the Grand Review at Washington in May, 1865. Through all those terrible years he miraculously escaped unwounded, but in the forced march from Raleigh, N. C., when the infantry had to trudge forty-five miles a day in the intense heat, and suffering from a scarcity of water, he succumbed to a sunstroke near Richmond Va., May 15, 1865, from the effects of which he has never fully recovered. He was honorably discharged with his regiment in July, 1865, and since leaving the service has been pensioned by a grateful Government for what he suffered in its defense.

KELLEEN, Michael Co D - 34th IL Inf.
Private, age 27, 5ft 11inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Dublin, Ireland, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

KINTNER, Wm. Anderson - 140th IL Infantry

KLOSTERMOND, Frederick F, Co D -34th IL Inf.
Private, age 22, 5ft, 6inches, hair brown, eyes brown, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Germany, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Palmyra, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

KELEHER, Cornelius Co D -34th IL Inf.
Private, age 22, 5ft 1 ½inches, hair black, eyes blue, complexion dark, Single, Farmer, b. Cork, Ireland, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Wyoming, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Reinlisted as veteran. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

KEDREY, Orlando Co D -34th IL Inf.
Private, age 21, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes hazel, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. OH, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Wyoming, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

LOHR, William Co D -34th IL Inf.
Private, age 20, 5ft 10 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Somerset, PA, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

MARTINDALE, Samuel L..
Letter from Samuel to his brother John - Dear Brother -- I am well and hope this finds you the same. We are about a mile from Nashville and don't know how long we will be here, a day or a month. James Gansfield is dead, he died in Nashville TN the 10th of the month. You asked me if the rebels ever came into our camp; so far they have not, or at least I have not known about it. The trouble (meaning the war) will end in time but it is not going to end now. The rebels are going to fight for awhile as yet and if they whip them on the Potomac I think that they will give up. We can give them h___ here in no time if they'll just give us a chance. The boys are all feeling good and in good fighting order so I guess that this is all for this time. Your brother, S.L. Martindale

John Martindale also has this letter that he received from his brother earlier in the year while he was at Camp Dixon. It contained some information along the same line, but we think the letter above shows the young folks of the country the attitude that the soldiers carried while they were in service. Always willing to take whatever happened to come their way and not putting up a holler about this or that that did not happen to suit them. (Both letters from the Thomson Review 17 September 1925).

MATHUSS, Zachariah: Private, enlisted from Amboy, Ill., and mustered with the regiment; discharged October 19, 1862, for disability. His present address is Los Angeles, Cal. {By mistake, this comrade's name has been spelled wrong; and it deserves righting by saying that Comrade Zachariah D. Mathuss was born November 12, 1841, at Ashton, N.C. Since his discharge from the army, Comrade Mathuss has resided eighteen months in Dixon, Ill., five years in Virginia City and Helena, Mont., two years in Chicago, five years at Cairo, Ill., ten years at Shenandoah, Iowa, and four years at Los Angeles, Cal., where he now resides. Comrade Mathuss is an enthusiastic Grand Army man, and delights to bring up the reminiscences of thirty years ago.} There is a picture of him on page 495.
Contributed by Margaret Gagliardi

McBRIDE, John - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 33, 5ft 6 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Married, Laborer, b. ireland, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixion, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Discharged for disability Feb 29, 1864 at Nashville, TN. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

McGINNIS, William - Co A 13th IL Inf:
He enlisted for the late war in 1861, as a member of Company A, Thirteenth Illinois Infantry, under Capt. Noble and Col. Wyman, the regiment joining the Western Army. He participated in the battles of White River, Vicksburg, Chickasaw Bayou, the Siege of Vicksburg, the battles of Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Ringgold Valley and many others of less importance. He was always found at his post of duty, ready to respond to every call, and throughout the service escaped uninjured, save that he lost one finger, which was shot off at the Siege of Vicksburg

MEAD, Alfred - Co D 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 27, 5ft 10 inches, hair black, eyes black, complexion dark, Single, Farmer, b. Delaware, NY, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Palmyra, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Reinlisted as veteran. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

MEAD, George - Co D 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 18, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Lee Co., ILL, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Lee Center, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Reinlisted as veteran. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

MESSER George G. - Co A 75th IL Inf:
Age 19, 5ft 10 inches, hair dark, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Hopkintod, Mervimera, NH, joined Aug. 12, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - promoted Corp. May 1, 1863, Serg. July 1, 1864, Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out June 12, 1865, TN

MILLER, Merritt - CO K 75th IL.
He watched with eager interest the course of the Rebellion, and August 14, of that year, though he had not then attained his majority, he was allowed to enlist, and he became a member of Company K, Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry. He served faithfully until after the close of the war, and in the engagements in which he fought he showed that he had in him the stuff of which true soldiers are made. He took an active part in the battles of Perryville and Stone River, and soon after the latter was placed in detached service as head clerk to the Assistant Adjutant-General, a position for which he was peculiarly fitted by reason of his quick insight into business, despatch in the discharge of his duties, and promptness in obeying orders. He went with the command in Sherman's Atlanta campaign, and after the fall of Atlanta returned to Nashville, where he became clerk at headquarters in the Quartermaster's department. He was honorably discharged with his regiment at Chicago, in June, 1865.
Biography

MONTGOMERY, Henry - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Age 21, 5ft 9 inches, hair brown, eyes hazel, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Canada, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

MORRIS, Furman - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Furman was in the battles of Shiloh, Stolie River, Perryville, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Ringgold, Georgia. Furman Morris was taken ill with a chronic disease which disabled him from active duty in the field, and he was sent to Nashville, where he was honorably discharged. From there he returned to his home in Lee Co IL. Furman Morris description - Private, age 24, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes black, complexion sandy, Single, Farmer, b. Middlesex, NJ, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out June 12, 1865, TN

MOSELEY, William C - Company A, 75th IL Inf:
Private, age 18, 5ft 8 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. England, joined Sept. 2, 1862, giving residencs as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - promoted to Corp. Jul 1, 1864. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

MYERS, Abraham - Company A, 75th IL Inf:
Private, age 18, 5ft, 9 inches, hair dark, eyes hazel, complexion dark, Single, Farming, b. Sousborough, Washington Co., MD, joined Sept 2, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Mustered June 12, 1865, TN. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers.

Henry Theophilus Noble NOBLE, Henry Theophilus - Company A, 13 IL Inf:
The first in Lee County to join the Union Army. He took part in many important engagements and his value as a leader was duly recognized by his promotion from the rank of captain to be successively Maj. Lt.-Col. nd Col of his regimeent, his promotions being the result of his intrepid daring and coolness in the face of the enemy, and his skill in handling his troops in the heat of battle. The 13th IL was the first regiment to cross the Mississippi River into the hostil regions of the State of MO and the greater part of the time for the following two years it was on duty in MO and AR and did great execution among the rebels. Later it did gallant service in the Vicksburg campaign, taking part in all the important battles fought around that city, and in its siege and capture. Our subject was appointed a member of the Gen. J.J. Reynold's staff and subsequentlys erved on the staff of Gen. E.O.C. Ord. In the spring of 1865, he as appointed to the important post of Chief Quartermaster of the Dept. of AR and held that position until his honorable discharge from the army, Oct. 5, 1866. Many favorable comments were made by his superior officers upon his fitness for so responsible a position, and upon the faithful manner in which he discharged the arduous duties of his office. Gen. Miegs said of him in his official communication to the authorities at Washington: "Col. Noble has performed the duties of Quartermaster to the entire satisfaction of all concerned, and has won the confidence and esteem of all who know him." Gen. J.N. Crittenden, in a communication to the War Dept. dated Dec. 19, 1864, says; "For the excellent order in which all books, papers, cash accounts, etc., have been kept, thanks are due to Col. Noble's able management of the duties devolving upon him, and to his untiring devotion to his work. His standing as a man of pure and incorruptible character is high with all who know him, and I deem him capable of carrying out any and all plans in the Quartermaster's department.
Biography of Henry T. Noble

OACKES, Proctor D. - Company A, 75th IL Inf:
Private, age 25, 5ft 5inches, hair dark, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Carroll, Chantangue Co., NY, joined Aug 12, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL, Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - deserted at Scell Pines, KY, Oct 3, 1862.

PAGE, David Stevens - Co D 140th IL Vol. s/o John Ham & Julia (Fellows) Page

PANSCHURST, William - Company A, 75th IL Inf:
Age 24, 5ft 9 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Bookkeeper, b. Westfield, Sussex Co., England, joined Aug 5, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL., Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Appointed as Stewart, Post Hospital, Cleveland, TN, Apr 1863, mustered out May 23, 1865, TN.

PARKS, Robert Bruce - Co D 140th Inf.
When he was 21 on May 10, 1864, he enlisted at Dixon in Company D, 140th Inf. in Captain Smith's company and Colonel Whitney's regiment. They were encamped at Dixon, then at Springfield and from there were sent south toMemphis. They were engaged in fighting General Prices' troops in southern Missouri and saw considerable campaigning during the later months of the war. They were finally ordered to St. Louis, and thence to Chicago, where Mr. Parks received his honorable discharge from the service of the Union, on October 27, 1865.
Biography

PEACOCK, WIlliam S. - Company A, 75th IL Inf:
Age 18, 5ft 2 inches, hair black, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Dixon, Lee Co., ILL, joined Aug 5, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL, Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out May 23, 1865, TN.

PEEKS, Henry - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 22, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Reinlisted as vetran. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

PERRY, Gerrit - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 19, 5 ft 10 inches, hair light, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farmer, joined Sept 7, 1861, b. MI, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - M.O. Sept 12, 1864 at Atlanta, GA. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

PIERCE, George - Company D, 34th IL Inf:
Private, age 19, 5ft 5 inches, hair light, eyes hazel, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Essex, NY, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

PINKERTON, Enoch - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 20, 5 ft 9 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Turkey foot, Sommerset Co., PA, joined Aug 12, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co., ILL, Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - Discharged for disibility Feb 18, 1863.

PURBAUGH, Gideon - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 26, 5 ft 9 inches, hair light, eyes light, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Alleghany, Sommerset Co. PA, joined Aug 9, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - promoted to Corp. Jan. 15, 1865, mustered out June 12, 1865, TN.

REARDON, James W.
A company of volunteers for the 69th IL Volunteer Infantry was recruited in 1863 by James W. Reardon, who became their camptain.

Capt. Reardon was born in 1829 at Manchester, England, the son of a professional soldier in the British army who fought under the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic wars.

He came to the United States at the age of 21, and soon afterward made his home in Lee county.
Dixon Evening Telegraph May 1, 1951



REED, James - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 25, 5ft 5 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complesion light, Single, Railroad man, b. London, England, joined Aug 13, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - dischared Aug 15, 1864 for promotion to 1st serg. & R.2 M.

REMINGTON, Olson H.- Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 18, 5 ft 8 inches, hair light, eyes light, complexion light, Single, Painter, b. NY, joined Aug 9, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out June 21, 1865, TN.

RICHARDS, John A. - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 29, 5ft, 5 inches, hair dark, eyes gray, complexion dark, Single, Mason, b. St. Leven, Comwell, England, joined Aug 15, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarka - died of disease, Whitesides, TN, Dec 17, 1863.

ROBERTS, Thomas - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 34, 5ft 6 inches, hair light, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Tailor, b. Buckham, England, joined Aug 9, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Discharged for disibility March 6, 1863.

ROGERS, Louis Gilbert - 140th IL Inf.
Son of Walter Lockwood & Hannah (Fellows) Rogers. Born 29 November 1846 - died 8 January 1891, buried in Palymra Cemetery. He was married to Emma Hutton.

ROSA, Lawrence - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 30, eyes dark, eyes hazel, complexion dark, Married, Farming, b. Quincey, Hilsdale, MI, joined Aug 11, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out Jun 22, 1865, Quency, ILL.

ROSENBAUM, Alexander - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 21, 5ft 9inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Sanlobury, Sommerset Co. PA, joined Aug 6, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - died of disease, Murfeesburo, TN May 22, 1863.

SANTEE, Charles
Charles was shot by a rebel at Murfreesboro TN Jan. 31, 1862. He had enlisted in 1861 as a member of Company C, 34th IL Inf. under Capt. Dysart and at the time of his death was Color-Bearer of the regiment.

SAYLOR, William - Co D 34th Inf
Private, age 22, 5ft 11 inches, hair light, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. MD, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - M.O. as Sergent, Sept 19, 1864 at Atlanta, GA. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

SCHMUCKEN, Cyrus - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 23, 5ft 9 inches, hair Dark, eyes dark, complexion dark, Single, Farmer, b. Sommerset, Sommerset Co., PA, joined Aug 13, 1862, Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - discharged for disability Dec 2, 1864.

SEAVEY, Jefferson - Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Son of Jesse and Sarah (Norris) Seavey from Palmyra Twp. Jefferson is buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery. 15 September 1844 - 07 October 1862.

SENNEFF, Jacob - Co D 34th IL Inf
Private, age 26, 5ft 9 inches, hair black, eyes black, complexion dark, Married, Farmer, b. Fayette, IA, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

Enlisted in Company D, Thirty-fourth Illinois Infantry, that was organized in September, 1861, Col., Kirk and Capt. Pratt being bis commanders, both of whom are dead. The regiment was attached to the Army of the Cumberland, and in the dreadful years that fol­lowed saw a great deal of hard service, in all of which our subject gallantly and uncomplainingly bore his part. He was with his comrades at Shiloh, and marched with Gen. Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, doing his share of the fighting in the numerous encouuters with the enemy. Occasionally privations and sufferings that he had to undergo proved too much for him, and he would have to lie in the hoopital for a time, but it was not until Sherman's last engagement with the Confederates at Bentonville, N. C., March 19, 1865, that he was wounded, that battle being almost fatal to him, for while in the, thickest of the fight his right arm was shot off, the left arm was broken and the hand disabled. This ended his career as a soldier, but as the war was so near its close he was well content, as he had done his duty nobly. He was honorably discharged in July, 1865. A grateful Government grants him a pension of $72 a month for what he did and endured in it's behalf.

SHELHAMER, Joseph- Co D 34th IL Inf
Private, age 21, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Lee Co. ILL, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

SLATER, Albert - Co D 34th IL Inf
Private, age 40, 5 ft 7 inches, hair brown, eyes gray, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. NY, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Palmyra, Lee Co. ILL Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

STACKPOLE, William - Pvt. Co A, 75th Regiment, Ill Vol.:
Private, age 41, 5 ft 8 inches, hair dark, eyes gray, complexion dark, Married, Stone Cutter, born York, York Co., Maine, joined Aug 12, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Joined by James A. Watson for 3 years. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers.
Illinois CIvil War Detail Report - Illinois Archives (http://www.ilsos.gov/genealogy/CivilWarController/)
1886 Edition, Page 607: Stackpole, WIlliam, Dixon (Illinois), Aug. 12, 1862 (date of enlistment), Sept. 2 1862 (date of muster), died of disease Louisville KY, Dec. 20, 1862.
Report of the Adjutant General of the State of IL by the State of Illinois
As well as being a stonecutter, he served as a constable in Dixon in 1857. Sadly two of children were among those killed when the Trusdell Bridge collapsed in 1873.
Information from Pat Dempsey

STEVENS, John
Killed in the battle of Shiloh on Sunday morning, April 6, 1862 was Major John Stevens, father of Frank E. Stevens, the late prominent Dixon journalist and well-known historian of Lee County and the Black Hawk War.

Maj. Stevens came to Dixon in 1846 from Huntingdon county, Pa., as one of Dixon's early residents. He was an attorney by profession and served as county superintendent of schools in 1853-54. At the outbreak of the Civil War he raised Company H, of the 46th IL Volunteer INfantry and was made judge advocate and promoted to major, which rank he held at his death.




STEWART, Alva T. - Co D 34th IL Inf
In Sep 7, 1861 - Mustered Out Jul 12 1865. Died of natural causes 1911 Marchall Co OH

STEWART, John B. - Joined Co. H, 3rd ILL Cavalry, Feb 21, 1865, giving his residence as China, Lee Co. ILL, died of natural causes, 1910, Mineral Wells, TX, buried in Jackson Co. OK.

STEWART, Solomon- Joined Sep 7, 1861 Co D 34th Inf, gave his address as Amboy IL. Died of disease Nashville TN, 29 March 1862

STEWART, William - Joined Co. A, of the 75th ILL Infantry Regiment Sept 2, 1862, giving his residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL, died of disease at Evansville, IN, Dec. 30, 1863.

STIELLS, John - Co D 34th IL Inf
Private, age 23, 5 ft 9 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Germany, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

SWARTWONT, Abram - Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Private, age 20, 5ft 9 inches, hair brown, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. ILL, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Sublette, Lee Co. ILL Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

SWOEY, THomas - Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Private, age 25, 5 ft 6 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Ireland, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - dropped from rolls as deserter at Atlanta, GA. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

THOMAS, David
When volunteers were called for the Civil War, David with two of his brothers enlisted August 15, 1862 in Company G 105 Regular Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He received an honorable discharge, June 7, 1865, after serving three years.

TROUTH, George
Co A. 34th IL Infantry Born 1847 - Died 10 Feb. 1911 buried in Palmyra Cemetery

VERDENBURGH, William - Co A 75th IL Vols.:
Private, age 18, 5 ft 5 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Mantaga, ILL, joined Aug 14, 1862, giving Dixon, Lee Co. ILL as residence. Joined by James A. Watson for 3 years. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Deserted at Salt RIver KY Oct. 3, 1862.

VROOME, Cornelius - Co A 75th IL Vols.:
Private, age 22, 5ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Puckmond Co. NY, giving Nelson, Lee Co. ILL as residence. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, Mustered out Jun 12, 1863.

WATSON, Josephus A. - Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Private, age 5ft, 4 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Homer, Calhoun Co., MI, joined Aug 5, 1862, giving Dixon, Lee Co. ILL as residence. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out June 12, 1863,

WELLS, Robert
He enlisted as a soldier of the Civil War, March 3, 1865, as a private in Company I, 15 Illinois Infantry, and served to the close of the war. He received his honorable discharge on the 16th of September 1865.

WENDLE, William - Co D 34th IL Vols.
Age 30, 5ft 6 inches, hair black, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Germany, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL.. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

WHEELER, Christopher - Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Private, age 24, 5ft 8 inches, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light, Married, Farming, b. Taunton, MD, joined Aug 11, 1862, giving Dixon, Lee Co. ILL as residence. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - Discharged May 22, 1864 for promotion to asst. Sgt, 8th TN Cav.

WHIPKEY, Cyrus Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Mustered in 6 March 1865, at Dixon, IL. Pvt. Co. D, 15th IL Vols. Died 8 Jun 1865 at Newbern, NC, of typhoid fever.
Contributed by Judy Mitchell

WHIPKEY, Jonathan Co G. 147th IL Inf.:
Mustered in on 18 Feb 1865, 19yrs old, (Enlisted 13 Feb 1865 - Dixon, IL) - Pvt. Co. G, 147th Reg't Illinois Infantry. 5'6", Dark eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion. Mustered out - 20 Jan 1866 - Savannah, GA. Pension application: 14 Oct 1882.
Contributed by Judy Mitchell

WILAHANS, Stephens - Co A 75th IL Inf.:
Age 21, 5ft 7 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Westmoreland Co., PA, joined Aug 9, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - died of disease at Lebonon, KY, Feb 26, 1863.

WILLIAMSON, George - Co D 34th IL Vols.:
Age 30, 5ft 8 inches, hair black, eyes hazel, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Switzerland, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - MO Sept 12, 1864 at Atlanta, GA. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company D, 34th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers

WOLVERTON, David R.
Age 19, 5 ft 11 inches, hair brown, eyes brown, complexion light, Single, Farmer, b. Danville, Northumberton, IA, joined Sept 7, 1861, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Remarks - Reinlisted as veteran.

WOOD, Thomas - Co A 75th IL Inf.:
Age 30, 5ft 6 inches, hair light, eyes blue, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. Monchane, ILL, joined Aug 11, 1862, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co. ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remarks - discharged by reason of wound, May 9, 1863.

YARROW, James - Co A 75th IL Inf.:
Age 18, 5ft 7inches, hair dark, eyes grey, complexion light, Single, Farming, b. NY, NY County, NY, joined Aug 9, 1865, giving residence as Dixon, Lee Co., ILL. Listed on muster & descriptive roll, Company A, 75th Infantry, Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Mustered out June 12, 1865, TN.

Many of these names contributed by Dot Sipes

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