Civil War
The Blue & The Gray
Those Who Served

Dedicated to the members of Maj. Sam. Hays, Post 477, G.A.R. Dept. of IL.
And other comrades who fought to keep our country undivided and our flag maintained unsullied.
Civil War Memorial at Summerhill, Ilinois
(Photo from Billie Browning)

The 99th Inf. Illinois

3rd Missouri Reunion

Barry Civil War Monument

Those Who Served
Samuel Anthony
Enlisted in Co H 73rd IL Inf. Aug 8, 1862 - fell at Chickamauga, Sept. 20, 1863 age 19. Memorial Marker at Bethel Cemetery Pike Co IL

George Bickerdike
English-born enlisted in Co. K, 2nd IL Cav. July 1861 - fell at the battle of Holly Springs, Dec. 30, 1862 aged 30. Memorial Marker at Bethel Cemetery, Pike Co IL.

Anderson Bowman - Military Record

Norton H. Close - Military Record

Franklin Cooper - Military Record

Jacob Milton Cooper - Military Record

William E. Cooper - Military Letter from home

Charles O. Davis - Headsone Photo - CO. I. 155th PA Inf. - Died, 30 October 1917 buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Pike County, IL

John W. Doman - A Civil War veteran from Pleasant Hill has received a military gravestone 128 years this November (1992) after his death. Cemetery officials were aware of that John Doman was a veteran buried in the Thomas Addition of Crescent Hts. Cem., but lacked the proof of his service to apply for a marker. Virginia Hart, a relative and a genealogist, discovered a document where his mother Eve Doman, applied for an Army pension dated April 1, 1873. The 230 pound marble tombstone was placed at the grave of Doman Aug. 25, complete with a 36" deep concrete base by cemetery trustees Robert Sturgis and Robert Bowman Jr., assisted by Sexton Sam Watts. The marker reads; John W. Doman; Pvt. Co C; 10 Mo. Inf; Nov. 6, 1842 - Nov. 30, 1865.
(From the Pike Press September 2, 1992)

GEORGE T. EDWARDS - Enlisted as a Captain on 23 August 1862 (He organized it) Commission in Company A, 99th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 23 August 1862. Resigned Company A, 99th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 08 June 1863.

ISAAC FAST- Martinsburg, IL. / enlistment date: 2-18-1865 / Distinguished Service / Union / Mustered out on 7-9-1865 in Louisville, KY
(Contributed by Carmen Megehe)

HAMILTON GRAY - Private Company A Unit 99 IL US INF / Martinsburg, IL / Joined: 8-7-1862 / Died Oct 10, 1862 at Salem, Mo. of Typhiod Fever
"Melville D. Massie also wrote of the 99th Illinois Regiment to "Friend Abbot" of the Democrat in a letter dated October 19th, 1862 from Salem, Missouri. Massie also described the health of the Pick County Regiment as "what old soldiers call good" but also mentioned that there were many sick. Massie wrote that the first man of the Regiment to die was Hamilton Gray of Capt. Edward's Company. Gray had signed on from Martinsburn, and Massie wrote that, "He was quite an aged man and rather too old for the service. Yet he braved the dangers of a soldier's life, and soon fell victim to a lingering fever..."
(Contributed by Carmen Megehe)

JOHN HAMILTON GRAY - (son of Hamilton) / Private Company A Unit 99 IL US INF / Martinsburg, IL / Joined: 8-7-1862 Died April 24, 1863 at Rolla, Mo.
(Contributed by Carmen Megehe)

SAMUEL M. HAYS - Biography

HENRY HUSBAND - Buried at Baylis Cemetery, Pike County, IL

JOSEPH KESTERSON- Pvt. Co H 137th Inf. Age 20 joined May 16, 1864 at Quincy IL by L. Barber for 100 days. Mustered in Jun 5, 1864 in Quincy. Mustered out 30 May 1864.

SAMUEL F. KESTERSON - Pvt. Co G 99th IL Inf. Residence: Pittsfield Age 29 5' 4 1/2" Blue Eyes/ Light Complexion married, born in Caldwell Co KY. Joined 9 Aug 1862, by Cpt. Hull for 3 yrs. mustered 23 Aug 1862 at Florence IL. Discharged 27 January 1863.

WILLIAM F. KESTERSON - Cpl., CO. I 30 IL US INF. Residence, Bond Co IL age 19 5'10 1/2" Black Hair with Gray Eyes. Complexion Light. Single/Farmer born in Fayette Co IL, Joined Aug 20, 1861, Joined at Keysport IL, By J. T. Fouke for 3 yrs. Muster In Oct. 20, 1861, Discharged for Disability Apr. 8, 1862

ISAAC STEWART LYTLE - Enlisted Aug 8, 1862 by J.J. Davidson for a term of 3 years at Pike Co IL Age 23 Ht. 5'9" Hair Dark - Eyes Hazel Complexion Dark. Mustered in August 21, 1862 Camp butler by Capt. Ewing - Co H 73rd Inf. Pvt. Promoted Sergt. Discharged May 29, 1864 from wounds received at Chickamanga GA Sept. 20, 1863. (Born 9 Dec. 1840 in Ross Co OH the son of James & Mariah (Julian) Lightle. He married Eliza Clanton 4 April 1874 in Barton MO. Isaac died in Arcadia KS on 16 October 1919, she died 8 Nov. 1886. Isaac then married Lydia Capps 22 Feb. 1905 in Kansas City.

WILLIAM PATRICK McMAAHON - His Civil War pension record [#1377209] lists him as Patrick McMahon. Co K, 16th Regt IL Vol Inf, enlisted in May 1861; discharged fall 1862. "after said date of discharge he was in the employ of the government in the hospital as a nurse until he re-enlisted under the name of William Young, having assumed his mothers maiden name." He served from "about June 1863 in the 12th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry...and was discharged therefrom at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas about August 1865...he had discharges from both of said services, but they were both burned with his brother-in-law's house at Pittsfield, Illinois, in the fall of 1866...he is old and does not remember distinctly the dates...." His signature, in a very shaky hand, is Patrick McMahon. Document signed Putnam Co. MO 31 Oct 1908. He is presently married to Rebecca Ann, maiden name Jones. They married Feb 28, 1877. He was previously married to "Rachel L. Stevens, July 22, 1867, [she] died March 16, 1872, Barry, Pike Co. ILL." Pension record continues with names & birth dates of living children (all born in MO): Elvin born 17 Feb 1881, John A. born 22 Jul 1883, George born September 14, 1885, Anna Jane, born March 16, 1887, Albert born 11 Oct 1890, and Martin born 29 Feb 1895. Where has W.P. McMahon lived since discharge? Pittsfield, Illinois until late fall of 1866. Moved to Jefferson Co, Iowa. Left there about July 1870. moved to Pittsfield, ILL, left in winter of 1874. Van Buren Co, Iowa. Came to Mo in fall of 1874 [discrepancy here), lived here since. 5' 10 1/2", 200 lbs, blue eyes, white hair (was dark brown), fair complexion, Scar of gunshot would on left leg. The pension does give the marriage [in IA] to Rachel Stevens He was born in County Claire, IRE”, but after the Civil War he stated he was born in Iowa on most census records.
(Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne)


EDWIN NETTLETON - native of Thomer, Yorkshire England, who enlisted in Co H 73rd IL Inf. August 8, 1862 and who fell at the battle of Misson Ridge Nov. 25, 1863, aged 22. Memorial Marker at Bethel Cemetery, Pike Co IL

DAVID PEARCY - who enlisted in Co K 2nd IL Cav. July 1861 and who died at Paducah KY March 18, 1862 age 18; Memorial Marker at Bethel Cemetery Pike Co IL

FRANCIS A. PHILLIPS - RESOLUTION of RESPECT - At a regular meeting of W.W.H. Lawton Post No. 438 G.A.R. the following resolutions were unanimously adopted: Whereas, the Supreme Commander has transferred Comrade Francis A. Phillips to the Supreme Army aboe and Whereas, in his transfer the family has lot a kind and l oving husband and father, the community a good neighbor, the flag of our country a noble and brave defender, and this Post a kind loyal comrade, therefore Resolved, that we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved wife and family of our departed comrade. Resolved that our flag and charter be draped and the comrades wear the usual mourning for thirty days in token of our sympathy with the wife and family of our departed comrade. Edw. McAllister, Joseph Shinn, J.A. Crawford. The names names of Nathan Phillips (War of 1812) a resident of Pike Co. 1828-1852 and his son Francis A. Phillips (Civil War) a resident of Pike Co 1828-1898 live on in the Military Records of our country.

ZACHARIAH REEDER - Affidavit March 27, 1907, Wayne, Kansas - Born March 6, 1843, Chambersburg, Pike Co., IL Enlisted: 3rd day of July 1862, at Chambersburg, IL. Discharged: 31st day of July 1865, Baton Rouge, LA. Lived since discharge: Chambersburg, Pike Co., IL - 1865 to 1870; Dewitt Co., IL - 1870 to 1875; Pike Co., IL - 1875 to 1882; Concordia, Cloud Co., Kansas - 1883 to 1884; to Wayne, Republic Co., Kansas to present. In another Affidavit 15 May 1912: Zachariah, 69 years of age, living in Topeka, Kansas, stated that he enrolled at Florence, Illinois, 26 Jul 1862 as a Private in Co. A, 99th Reg't, Illinois Infantry Volunteers, . . . and was honorably discharged at Baton Rouge, LA on the 31 day of July 1865. Address: 1716 Lincoln St., Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas. War Department form: Mar 13, 1888 - He was transferred by consolidation Nov 30, 1864 to Co., A, same Regiment. Zachariah m: Mary Margaret DAIGH, Sep 5, 1868 DeWitt County IL, after returning from service. Marriage license spells it "Day". Mary gave birth to Alfred Daigh REEDER, Jul 30, 1869. Zachariah moved his family to Dewitt Co., IL. in 1870. Mary M. died Sep 21, 1875. Mary M. is buried at the Griggsville Cemetery, Pike Co., IL. Zacharih and Alfred lived with Mary's brother, Harrison DAIGH, until he married Mary Elizabeth MIRFIELD at Griggsville, Pike Co., IL Dec 1882. Rev. S. M. Wilcox. Zachariah Reeder (6 March 1843-18 April 1913) buried Mt. Hope Cem. Topeka KS
(Contributed by Ken Reeder)

WILLIAM JAMISON ROWLEY - Born August 21, 1842; died November 16, 1929. Of Martinsburg Township in Pike County served as a private with Company D of the 7th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry in the final days of the Civil War. According to records from the U.S. War Department, he suffered a head injury in a non-combat related accident, was hospitalized first at Crittenden Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and later, on June 29th, 1865, transferred to a hospital in Quincy, Illinois. William Rowley's muster records (stored at the National Archive in Washington, D.C.) Indicate that he was 5 feet 6 and ½ inches tall (a normal height for a male in that era) and had blue eyes and a fair complexion. After military service, he returned to Pike County, resumed life as a farmer near Martinsburg, and married Hannah Blaine Flanders in 1874. They became the parents of Louisa (b. April 22, 1877), Phema (born approx. 1875), Adaline (born approx. 1880), and Alvin (b. 1897). William J. Rowley's parents, Allen and Nancy Rowley had settled in Pike County, probably in the early 1830s, having come from St. Charles County, Missouri.
(Contributed by Jeff Wagner)

CHARLES SHAW Co. A & D - 99th ILL., Honored with Headstone, Buried at West Pittsfield Cemetery

JACOB STAUFFER - Jacob Stauffer - Buried at Green Pond Cemetery, Pike County, IL

EDWARD SUTTER - Edward Sutter, born abt. 1829, Capt. Co E 13th Ind Cav Civil War is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Pike County IL. He was shot in the leg during the war and discharged for that. He received a pension starting in 1890, because his injury caused him to be unable to work. From his pension forms he says his wife is Esther McIntire, which is his first marriage, and he had three children, but the only one living is Beulah Elizabeth Sutter (later Kesterson). His residence from 1890 on was Pike County, Pittsfield Post Office. He died 23 Nov 1905 in his home in Pittsfield. His widow in 1906, Lucinda P. Eckles, filed for his pension and wrote that his first wife Esther McIntire died "on or around" 11 Aug 1899. I have the marriage record for Edward Sutter and Lucinda P. Eckles, 22 Aug 1901.
(Military Documents contributed by Sean Frances)