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Flag with decorated grave Decoration Day
Washington County, Illinois
Flag with decorated grave

Decoration Day
Decoration at "old Elkhorn" Church yard was a very successful affair. The crowd was called together on nearly the same spot and sang the same psalm that Capt. Todd's Company sang, as they left for the war. Few dry eyes were among those who could recall the former scene. The old soldiers were ordered into line by Capt. Coulter; the ladies following with flowers, marched to each grave, laid upon it their offerings of love, while the Captain announced the name and Reg., where died, etc.; thus there were 62 graves decorated. A monument bearing the names of those left in the "sunny south," was carried into the yard. There were present forty old soldiers, representing 20 Regiments, as follows:
10th Missouri -- Wm. Miller, R. Carrick, A.T. Kennedy, John Luney, Wm. McConnell, Joe Temple and M. Keady.
80th Illinois -- A. McAllister, J. Morrison, Dr. Gault, J. Hunter, T. Adams, B. McConnell, J. McElroy, and J. Torrens.
111th Illinois -- J. Piper, S. Coulter, F. Hildebrandt, J. Wyens and George Martin.
81st Illinois -- R. Beattie and J. Gillespie.
48th Illinois -- C. McElheny and Wm. Givens.
13th Ills. Cavalry -- R. Luney and J. Burns.
J. Morton, Mexican War.
J. McClay, 99th Penns.
Dr. Leavens, 8th Ills. Cavalry.
Wm. Beckman, 49th Ills.
D. Dugald, 80th Ohio.
C. Borcherding, 15th Missouri.
Dr. Vernor, 154th Ills.
E. Brownlee, 62d Ills.
W.E. Alexander, 136th Ills.
J. Locker, 2d Ills. Cavalry.
D. Wylie, 15th Ohio.
J. Sherwood, 4th Kentucky.
J.M. Pressley, 142d Ills.
L. Schoepp, 2d. Missouri.
Speeches were made by Rev. Pressly and Wm. Miller; the roll of Company F, 10th Mo., was called and only 7 answered. "We all do fade as the leaf." Rev. P. called attention to the fact that not one of "Todd's Company" had been killed in battle, while 23 had received wounds.
Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois; June 2, 1882
Furnished by : Mike Jones ©

Pilot Knob
As early as six in the morning of the 30th the tread of the veteran soldier to the tap of the muffled drum was heard in Pilot Knob precinct. It was the committee of old soldiers appointed to visit the graves of their deceased comrades. The very heavy dew that morning took the polish off their boots and drabbled their coats as they marched through the rank grass. The colors in the lead they had followed before, where the flying bullet and the shrieking shell bespoke more than the wetting dew. Quite a number had assembled that morning at the graveyard in the Three-Mile. The soldiers marched to the center of the grave-yard, and gathered around the colors while comrade Hutchings led in prayer. After which we went to the graves of our comrades, which we saluted, and strewed on them beautiful flowers that kind friends had sent, which brought to our minds that the grass withereth and the flower fadeth.
The following is a list of graves visited.
A. Cavender, Co. D, 48th Ills., buried at home.
Wm. Jones and Wm. R. Taylor of Co. D, 48th. David Rhine, of 31st Ills.; Jacob Dillinger, of 110th; Nathan Cameron and Jesse Hall, of 2d Cavalry; Eli J. Hutchings and Wm. Rhine, of Black Hawk War; Wm. Rainey and George Rainey, Mexican War. Benj. Rainey, Co. D, 48th; grave in bad condition; no stone.
With the exception of Bowers Raglan of the Mexican volunteers, and James Cameron of Co. I, 80th Ills., the committee believe that every deceased soldier's grave in the precinct was visited.
After decorating the graves, we marched to the center and listened to a few remarks by comrade Miller on the observance of the day. We then saluted the colors, left the graveyard, and participated in the exercises at the old church.
A. McAlister
John McElroy
Joseph Locker
John Sherwood
  Wm. Miller
Robert Carrick
Thomas Adams
Eli Jones

Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois; June 2, 1882
Furnished by : Mike Jones ©

Decoration Day at Oakdale
There will be a reunion of Co. B., 111th regiment, at Oakdale, on Decoration Day, May 30th. Capt. W.H. Walker, mail agent on the L. & N. road, was captain of this company, and it is expected that he will be present on that occasion, together with all the boys of Co. B that can be brought together. They had a good celebration last year at Oakdale, to keep in remembrance the memory of the brave men who gave their lives in defense of their country, as well as to honor the living ones that yet remain in our midst. As far as we can learn, the following are the names of those living in this and neighboring counties, and they are all cordially invited to be present:
Josiah Stewart, Henry Meyers, M.M. Pate, Nathan N. Tabb, Ellery E. Lanham, W.B. George, L.R. Barnes, F.M. White, Jeff Neumann, M.J. Newman, J. Houston, W.L. Farmer, Lafayette Farmer, James Johnson, Wm. Fickendle, Jas. H. Powers, Fritz Hildebrandt, George Martin, John Piper, S.L. Coulter, R.G. Ardrey, Geo. Mearns, Daniel Gibson, Samuel Dickey, John Dickey, Christie Kingston, J.K. McIntosh, S.W. Campbell, Harrison Dial, Adrian Paul, Jesse McBride, W.A. Mulholland, J.H. Wiards, Alex Leslie, H.J.T. Leslie, T.J. Robinson, J.C. Clark. Wm. Stevenson, Geo. Snitzer, Dave Wilson and W.D. Hoover are living in Kansas; James Dougherty and Ninian Cox in Nebraska; Mike Dougherty in St. Louis, and Jacob Wickler somewhere in Southern Illinois. Lieut. Sam Walker and his son Erastus (the fifer of the company) live at Salem. The officers of the company, in the army, were Capt. W.H. McCord, Second Lieut. Sam Walker. At mustering out, they were: S.L. Coulter, Captain; S.W. Campbell, first Lieut.; R.G. Ardrey, second Lieut. The Colonel of the 111th, Gen. J.S. Martin of Salem, has also been invited, and perhaps will be present.
There will be a meeting on next Monday evening, at 7 o'clock, at Oakdale, of all old soldiers, to make necessary preparations for observing the day. We are requested to say to the Co. B. boys from a distance, that the Oakdale boys will see that they have full rations on Decoration Day.
Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois; Friday, May 18, 1883
Furnished by : Mike Jones ©

Deceased Members (in the field) of
Co. G, 13th Illinois Cavalry,
from Washington County, Illinois
As it is impossible for me to communicate with the different committees having in charge the Memorial service on the 30th, and have appropriate mention made of our comrades that gave up their lives for their country in its hour of peril, I now appeal to you to give publication to the following list of members of Co. G, 13th Reg. Ills. Cavalry, most of whom are natives of your county, but whose dust now lies scattered in more than six States of the Union; and as we do not know of the names and dates of the deaths of our members since muster out, they cannot be given, they dying at home; and their graves being known, will no doubt not be forgotten; but the poor boys that died in the field, whose graves are not known, should be mentioned in some way. By publishing the following, you will confer a great favor on the surviving members of our company.
Respectfully,         Jno. C. Kennedy
In Memoriam
The following members of Co. G, 13th Reg. Ills. Cav., gave up their lives while in the service of the United States, being either killed in action, dying of wounds or of disease, whose memory we desire to perpetuate and whose names we revere:
James B. Phillips, Seargeant [sic]
Chas. N. Dickerman, Sergeant
John B. Adams, member
John E. Alvis, Comp. Clerk
Robert Balderston, member
David S. Brooks, member
Alfred Clark, member
Samuel G. Davis, member
Thomas Hill, member
Terry F. Jones, member
David McLain, member
Robert McElhaney, member
Theodore W. McGuire, member
Hugh B. McGuire, member
Green C. Middleton, member
John M. Rountree, member
George W. Sherwood, member
Amos Shinall, member
William L. Townsley, member
Samuel G. Williams, member
Charles M. Winfrey, member
Bradford M. Zimmerman, member
We know many of their graves are today forgotten, but their names will ever remain with us, and their works do follow them. Especially do we call to mind that dark morning of Feb. 22d, 1865, when we wrapped in his blanket that dear boy, Johnnie Reynolds, while his warm life-blood still flowed from his wounds, as we laid him down in the cold swampy ground near Douglas Ferry, Ark. May some bird bring a wild flower of the plain and drop it on this silent and lonely grave, as we to-day drop a silent tear, though separated by many miles.
        Jno. C. Kennedy
Late captain, for himself and all surviving comrades of Co. G, 13th Reg. Ills. Cavalry
Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois; June 1, 1883
Furnished by : Mike Jones ©

Surviving Members of Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Col. Weems, of the old 48th, has notified the survivors of that regiment, that there will be a re-union at Beach Bluff, near Fairfield, Sept. 5th to 7th. One of the companies -- Co. D -- was from this county, commanded at the beginning of the war by Col. Redden; and at the close by Capt. Thos. J. Walker. Both of these are now in their graves. Col. Redden sleeps peacefully in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at this place, and Capt. Walker was swept away by the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis several years ago. There are but very few survivors of Co. D in Washington County. We can only remember now Amos Burnett, Wesley Dennis, H.N. Rountree, David Jenkins and Wm. Givens. Robert Adams is in Nebraska and the others are scattered in various States. Those who can do so, should attend this re-union of the old regiment, to recall the stirring events of the war, and look one another in the face again before their final discharge in this world.
Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois; August 31, 1883
Furnished by : Mike Jones ©


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