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From the Carlinville Free Democrat, February 16, 1860


The Republicans of Carlinville precinct will meet at the Court House today, February 16 at 3 o'clock P.M, for the purpose of organizing a Republican Club, and for the consideration of such other business as may be deemed right and proper. Come out one and all, and enlist for the war, and assist in the formation of a working organization for the redemption of our county from the misrule of a bogus, slanderous and corrupt Democracy. T. G. Lofton John M. Palmer, John Logan Joseph Woods, Geo. W. Woods, Henry Chapino, Samuel Pittman, George Hunter, Joseph Howell, C. L. Andriat, Geo. W. Hamilton, John Wolfe, James Wilkinson, Moses Morgan, G. H. F. Work and Wm. Challacombe.

From the Carlinville Free Democrat, February 11, 1863


Friend Kimball: Thinking our friends of our company would like to have a history of our company, I have taken the plan of sending you a roster of the company at its first muster, making the changes as set forth in the descriptive book of company. At this time the boys are all well and as staunch as ever for the Constitution as it is, the Union as it was, and the prosecution of the war with the utmost vigor, and glad to learn that the copperheads have crawled into their holes and pulled them in after them. The only hope is they will stay there through future ages for their own benefit. I do not think of anything of importance at present. I remain yours, James McKee

  • Captain - Josiah Borough
  • 1st Lieut. - John S. Cotter
  • 2d Lieut. - Thomas Miller, resigned
  • 1st Sergeant - James McKee, promoted 2d Lieut., (cannot read) Miller resigned
  • 2d Sergeant - Hardin Weatherford, promoted 2d Lieut., Co. F, 1st Ala. Infantry, A. D.
  • 3d Sergeant - Frank Cannon, promoted to 1st Sergeant
  • 4th Sergeant - George Craig, reduced by request
  • 5th Sergeant - Martin O'rourk, promoted to 2d Sergeant
  • 1st Corporal - John W. Loveless, discharged
  • 2d Corporal - John Feeley, deserted
  • 3d Corporal - David Sutton, promoted to 1st Corporal
  • 4th Corporal - William Weatherford, promoted to 2nd Corporal
  • 5th Corporal - James Kerby, promoted to 3rd Sergeant
  • 6th Corporal - Thomas Phillips, reduced by request
  • 7th Corporal - Daniel Kincaid, reduced by request
  • 8th Corporal - Russell S. Langley, promoted to 3rd Corporal
  • Musician - William Knowles
  • Musician - John Jorden, deserted
  • Wagoner - John Shoemaker, paroled and exchanged, but not returned to duty
  • William Bryden, deserted
  • William G. Bishop
  • Thomas Brock
  • William L. Bishop, deserted
  • John W. Barrett
  • William H. Carnal, paroled and exchanged, but not returned to duty
  • Hugh Colton, discharged
  • Thomas Dier
  • John Dunn
  • Andrew Dorman
  • Daniel Dougherty
  • William H. H. Drish
  • Thomas Edwards, promoted to 6th Corporal
  • Jacob F. Eichin
  • Alexander Eller
  • Henry Flautje
  • Frank Fulton, discharged
  • Patrick Grogan
  • Francis M. Greenwalt, sick in hospital Memphis, Tenn.
  • Patrick W. Gallagher, sick in hospital, Mound City, Ill.
  • James T. Gibson, killed at battle Perkins Cross Roads, Tenn.
  • William H. Greenwalt, deserted
  • William R. Greenwalt, discharged by wounds received at Cross Roads
  • Andrew J. Gaston
  • John Harris
  • Samuel T. M. Hicks, killed at Parker's Cross Roads, Tenn.
  • Edward Hosoman
  • William Kelly
  • Thomas Lee
  • Huston Mabary
  • William R. Mooney
  • John C Martin, promoted to 4th Corporal
  • James Milsted, deserted
  • George T. Petty, deserted
  • Joseph L. Painter
  • Robert A. Queen, promoted to 5th Sergeant
  • James Ramey, discharged
  • Freder Riser, died of disease at Trenton, Tenn.
  • Enoch Russell, killed at Parker's Cross Roads, Tenn.
  • John Redman, died of disease, Saulsbury, Tenn.
  • John M. Rue
  • Solomon Simmons
  • Woerner Schotte
  • James K. P. Stone
  • William A. Sullivan
  • William H. Simmons, paroled and exchanged, but not returned to duty
  • Joseph M. Smith, died of disease, Corinth, Miss.
  • James Stark, died of disease at Carlinville, Ill.
  • William Whitworth
  • Joseph W. Wright
  • William Wright
  • Paxton L. Wolfe
  • Greer Rodgers, died of disease, Paducah, Ky.
  • George W. Elmore
  • George Wolfe, promoted to 4th Sergeant
  • Roswell H. Briggs, killed at Parker's Cross Roads
  • Thomas B. Filler, deserted
  • Charles B. Doudy, collated and joined company Curve Station, Tenn.
  • Elias Dabbs, transferred to Co. C
  • Absalom Davenport, transferred to Co. C
  • William Davenport, transferred to Co. C
  • Henry Warren, transferred to Co, C
  • John Luft, transferred to Co. C
  • George Gerstner, transferred to Co. C
  • John Crane, transferred to Co. D
  • John M. Vivens, transferred to Co. D
  • George Richardson, died of disease at Trenton, Tenn.
  • George W. Brooks

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, April 14, 1864


    H'd Q'as Pro. Mar. 10th Dist. Ills., Jacksonville, April 2, 1864

    The Board of Enrollment of the 10th District, Illinois, will receive applications for enlistment in the Naval Service and the Marine Corps. The party making application for enlistment in the Naval Service must be 18 and under 35 years of age, and not less than 5 feet 4 inches high, and in every respect physically qualified. Veteran Soldiers who have served one full enlistment, and are of robust health, will be received for the Marine Corps at 40 years of age. Able or ordinary Seamen, enlisted into the Naval Service, receive an advance of three months pay or bounty--to be refunded from any prize money to which they may be entitled. Recruits enlisting in the Marine Corps. Do not receive advance pay or bounty, but are entitled to prize money. With a full naval and marine force, large prizes may be expected by recruits, which will be distributed in accordance with the regulations of the Navy Department. Parties desiring to enter either branch of the service should lose no time in presenting themselves for enlistment. WM. M. Fry, Capt. And Pro. Mar., Pres't Board of Enrolment. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, January 6, 1864


    By a couple of young and unassuming soldiers, who have seen active service, and would be very happy to have a kind word from some of the Union loving girls of Illinois, to smooth down the path of a soldier's life, and make the dull hours of camp life more lively. Descriptive rolls and photos exchanged if desirable. Address Lieut. A.C.H., Co F, 1st Ala. Infantry, Corinth, Miss. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, 1864


    We most respectfully incite the farmers and others who can raise a team, to bring a load of wood to the public square by 12 o'clock M., next Saturday, for the benefit of the suffering War Widows in this town. They are suffering for want of wood and must have it. Don't forget!

    The following named persons will act as a committee to distribute the wood: C.W. Sinclair, T. L. Loomis, James Neeley, Sam Pitman, Hugh Colton, M. D. Ramey. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, January 21, 1864


    Office Provost Marshal, 10th District, Ills., Jacksonville, January 13, 1864

    In pursuance of the Act of Congress just passed, the Provost Marshal General directs me to say that the advanced Bounty and Pension of $402 to Veteran Recruits and $302 to New Recruits!

    For Old Regiments, will continue to be paid until further orders. Parties recruiting will be governed accordingly.

    Any person, except a commissioned army officer, who will present at these Headquarters an acceptable Recruit for any of the Illinois Regiments now in the field, will be enlisted to the same premium and reward as is allowed to regular Recruiting Agents, as follows:

    For a New Recruit………$15.00
    For a Veteran Recruit….. $25.00

    A Veteran Recruit is one who has been in the service nine months or over. All citizens are earnestly requested to exert themselves to procure recruits, and thus save the District from the draft. Wm. M. Fry Captain and Provost Marshal, 10th Dist., Ills. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, February 15, 1864


    Those who wish to serve their country in the Cavalry service, cannot do better than join the gallant old 10th CAVALRY, which has just re-enlisted for the war. The same large bounties as heretofore will be paid for a short time. The Regiment now numbers over 500 men, and is one of the best in service. Recruiting office at Work & Taggert's office over Cockrell's Store, Carlinville, Ills., Lieut. Wm. F. Wooten, Recruiting Officer. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, April 29, 1863


    Four friendless, unhappy and disappointed youths, native of the Sucker State, now wanderers on the desolate soil of Northern Alabama, are willing and anxious to reply to any number of letters from patriotic, intelligent, good looking young ladies who may be inclined to write.

    The heroes of many well contested fields they were never known to retreat unless the commissary was in the rear. Ages ranging from 21 to 20. Looks not mentioned. Ladies please write. Address Cy, Fernando, Frank, or Lewis Clark, Q. M. Office, Pioneer Corps, 2d Division, 16th A. C., Decatur, Alabama. Donated by Anne

    From the Carlinville Free Democrat, April 7, 1864


    Ed. Free Dem.---As concerts, tableaux, and suppers are “all the go” now-a-days, for the benefit of our sick and wounded soldiers, permit me, through the columns of your valuable paper, to give a brief sketch of entertainment given at Woodburn, which is, by the way, called a little out of the way place, as it cannot be reached by rail. Nevertheless the good people are doing their share to relieve the sufferings of our brave soldiers. Last night a concert was given by the Brighton Glee Club, who kindly tendered their services for the occasion. The encores by the audience told how well their pieces were appreciated, and in behalf of the citizens, I would return thanks for their hearty co-operation. After the concert, all repaired to Sturge's Hall to partake of a supper given by the ladies of Woodburn. Words fail me to give praise enough for the preparation made by them. Suffice it to say, that they know how such things should be done, and their fullest expectations were realized.

    The proceeds, after deducting expenses, will exceed one hundred dollars, which will compare favorably with similar entertainments given by her sister towns. Everything passed off pleasantly, and the interest manifested by all present shows that they are the soldier's friends, and are ever ready to help them in the cause for which they are fighting. Donated by Anne

    Carlinville Democrat, 1883, written by John Palmer


    The house now owned by Dorothy and Clyde Adam was once used as a refuge for runaway slaves on their way to Canada. Mr. Josiah Whipple was a champion of freedom for all races. He owned the house during Civil War times and helped many slaves by keeping them in the basement of the house and also in the barn. He had many enemies because of his stand on slavery. On one occasion, the slaves the slaves were seen coming into town in a covered wagon which turned down the lane to his house. The horses were put up for the night and the Negroes hidden away. There were some in town who did not take kindly to anyone helping Negroes. Besides, the owners of the slaves would pay large bonuses for their capture and return. For these eight slaves, they would receive $8,000. When the Negroes started to leave the next morning, Southern sympathizers were sitting on fence posts with their guns just waiting for the Negroes to try and escape. One attempt was made but the enemy was spotted, so the slaves returned to Mr. Whipple’s. Another try was made with Mr. Whipple driving the wagon and team. There was some firing of buckshot which glazed the face of Mr. Whipple. By going at breakneck speed, Mr. Whipple was able to get far enough ahead of those in pursuit and stopped the wagon in the heavy timber of what was once Bear Rough. The Negroes took off running in the direction of Macoupin Station. Mr. Whipple wandered off to the northeast toward Carlinville where he was treated by a physician. After he returned home, his still furious neighbors went to a lawyer named Palmer in Carlinville. Josiah Whipple also went to the same lawyer. After hearing both sides, Mr. Palmer was in complete sympathy with Mr. Whipple for his humanitarian efforts. The Southern sympathizers had taken the Negroes wagon, which they found abandoned in Bear Rough, back to Chesterfield. Lawyer Palmer said charges would be brought against them too, if they tried to have Whipple arrested and thrown in jail. The Negroes did reach the railroad at Macoupin Station where they made their escape by boarding a freight car to Chicago. Donated by Anne Stinnett


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