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Artifacts and various relics of interest to Perry & Washington County, Illinois

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Civil War Artifacts
The items on the left and this message were received from : Rick Poole,a Sailor stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. One his hobbies is metal detecting.
I was searching at a site in New Bern, NC several years back and came across several artifacts and one of them lead me to Ashley, IL. It's a piece of lead approx. 2" long, 0.5" wide, and 1/8" thick. On one side there is the crudely stamped name "Chas McMillen". On the other side "Ashley Illinois". I believe that this is some type of dog tag that a soldier made from a 3-ringer bullet. The little bit of research that I've accomplished shows that a "Charles McMillan" was attached to the 4th Virginia Cavalry and that he's buried in Perry County, Illinois. Other research shows that there was also a Charles McMillan, 14th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A. (a Confederate, CSA, Rebel unit) and McMillan, Charles 4th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry (a Federal, US, Union unit). I think that the aforementioned 4th Virginia Cavalry was possibly a misprint and that one of the last 2 mentioned are closer to the actual units. I do understand that you cannot do personal research for me but can you or another historian point me in the direction of some possible living descendants? I would very much love to be able to hand this very personalized artifact over to a family.
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McMillan, Charles   Burial :
Hopewell Cemetery
Perry County, Illinois
  Charles McMillan, from Perry County, Illinois
Served during the Civil War
with the 4th Virginia Cavalry
          According to his Certificate of Disability, Charles McMillan was born in Perry County and served in the 4th Infantry of the Virginia Volunteers. He was shot in the left leg by a musket ball, his leg was amputated. Looks like wounded around Vicksburg, paperwork signed by William T Sherman.
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Name:Charles M Mcmillen 
Birth Year:abt 1840  
Home in 1850:District 7, Perry, Illinois  
Family Number: 121  
Household Members:NameAge
 James S Mcmillen38
 Jane S Mcmillen35
 Sarah E Mcmillen15
 Archebala J Mcmillen13
 Charles M Mcmillen10
 Robert S Mcmillen8
 Martha A Mcmillen6
 Mary J C Mcmillen2
I believe this to be Charles McMillian's parents
MCMILLAN, JAMES    CUNNINGHAM, JEAN S    1834-05-15    1/ 49 PERRY marriage
Above information supplied by Randy Crain
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Note :
McMillan, Archibald
Born : About 1841
  Burial :
  Archibald McMillan, from Perry County, Illinois.
Served during the Civil War with the Union Army,
with the Missouri Volunteers
in Co. F, 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers
Enlisted on August 1, 1861 in Coulterville, Perry Co., IL.
Mustered in as a Private on August 10, 1861 in St. Louis, MO.
Carried as Teamster on Muster Roll of February 28, 1863
Mustered out on August 24, 1864 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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