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97th Illinois Infantry
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Address to 97th ILL Vol. by Victor Fivquain, Colonel 87th Ill. dated August, 1865, Springfield, Ill.
[Contributed by Mary Lou (Guyette) Wardlaw, 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:
APPLE, GEORGE A PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
ATCHISON, ALEXANDER C 1LT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BAKER, PETER CPL G 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
BALL, WILLIAM L REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BARNES, A H PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BARNES, ALMOND H PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BARNES, JOSEPH H PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BARRINGER, GEORGE W PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BARSTER, CHARLES T PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BATES, REUBEN S REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BAUR, WIERD PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BEST, WILLIAM E SGT HQ 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BEST, WILLIAM E CPT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BIRD, LEANDER S SGT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BIRD, SAMUEL P CPL A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BREONER, GEORGE CPL A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BRIDGES, JOHN REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
BROOKS, ELIAS L REC A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BROWN, JOHN W PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BROWN, JOSEPH N CPL A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BROWN, ROBERT PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
BROWN, WILLIAM H PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
CARROLL, CHARLES A REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
CHAMBERS, JOHN A REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
CLAYTON, WILLIAM W REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
COE, MERRITT L PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
COLBY, CARLOS W 2LT G 97 IL US INF GODFREY
COLLISON, GEORGE W PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
COX, AMOS M REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
DAVID, JACOB P REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
DEWITT, WILLIAM L CPL A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
DICKEY, DAVID PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
DUNCAN, H J REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
DUNN, JAMES A REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
DWYER, JEREMIAH PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
DYER, ANDREW P REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
EDDINGTON, WILLIAM R 2LT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
ELTER, SEBASTIAN REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
EWING, ROBERT I WAG A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
FOREMAN, SAMUEL PVT G 97 IL US INF GODFREY
FORREST, BAYLESS REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
GIFFIN, ELLIOTT PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
GILLES, JOHN PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
GOLIBKE, HENRY R PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
GRAY, ANDREW J PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
HAMILTON, WILLIAM H 1LT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
HAWKINS, COLLARD P REC A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
HOLLAND, WILLIAM T REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
HOLLINGSWORTH, MARTIN REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
HUBNER, JOHN REC H 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
HUFFMAN, JESSE PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
JAMES, ALONZO PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
JAMES, ROBERT H REC A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
JEFFS, JOHN REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
JOHNSON, CHARLES W PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
JOHNSON, HUGH R CPL A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
JOHNSTON, HUGH R SGT HQ 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
JONES, JAMES H REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
KELLY, ROBERT B CPL A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
KETCHUM, WILLIAM REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
LEA, GEORGE W PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
LEACH, GEORGE W REC E 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
LIEBELT, AUGUST PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
LILLY, JOHN PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
LUKIN, ORLENA PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MATHIE, WILLIAM SGT HQ 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
MATHIE, WILLIAM REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
MCDANIEL, BAILEY P PVT A 97 IL US INF CARLINVILLE
MCGILLVARY, JOHNSON PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
MCGILLVARY, WILLIS PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MCKEE, WILLIAM W PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MCLEARY, B R M QMSGT HQ 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MCLEARY, BENJAMIN R CPL A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MCPHERSON, JOHN B PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
MEDLIN, WILLIAM H PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
MELCHER, WILLIAM PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
MILLER, ROBERT PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
MORRIS, DAVID REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
NAUGHTON, JEREMIAH PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
OLTMAN, JOHN PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
OPDYCKE, MARTIN V B PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
PALMITER, CHARLES A REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
PATRICK, ROBERT E PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PATRIDGE, S H PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PATTERSON, WILLIAM PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
PAUL, JOHN W PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
PENTZER, PATRICK H SGT HQ 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PENTZER, PATRICK H CPT C 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PENTZER, THOMAS M CPL A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PLUMHAFF, GEORGE D REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
POPE, JAMES PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
POPE, THOMAS PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
PORE, JAMES PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
PORTER, NEWTON PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
POWERS, DAVID REC A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
RIGGS, DANIEL T PVT G 97 IL US INF GODFREY
ROBINSON, JAMES PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
SAVAGE, WILLIAM F PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
SAWYER, B F REC A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
SHITTE, HENRY PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
SHONTS, PERRY PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
SHRIER, JOHN REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
SHRIVE, ERNEST PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
SMITH, BENJAMIN F PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
SMITH, CONSTANTINE M ASURG HQ 97 IL US INF CARLINVILLE
SMITH, ROBERT E PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
SMITH, STEPHEN PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
SMITH, WILLIAM E PVT G 97 IL US INF CARLINVILLE
SQUIRE, JAMES T PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
STARK, WILLIAM J PVT A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL
STINNETT, J R PVT A 97 IL US INF CARLINVILLE
SWAIN, ASA REC A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
SWAIN, ASA REC A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
SWAIN, THOMAS PVT A 97 IL US INF STAUNTON
TRASK, GEORGE W 1SGT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
WALLACE, ROBERT H PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WATSON, SAMUEL PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WEBB, JESSE REC A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WEGAND, PETER PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
WENDLIN, MATHIAS PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WHEELER, JOEL PVT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
WHITE, DANIEL D CPL G 97 IL US INF GODFREY
WILLARD, WILLIAM H CPT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WISE, HENRY PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WOOD, LEWIS D T PVT A 97 IL US INF GILLESPIE
WOOD, RICHARD H CPT A 97 IL US INF WOODBURN
WOOD, WILLIAM D REC A 97 IL US INF BUNKER HILL

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