Civil War

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The complete 40th Regiment of Illinois Infantry

More than just a list! 

Company A

Hamilton County

Company B Fayette & Marion Counties
Company C White County
Company D Wayne County
Company E Wayne County
Company F Franklin County
Company G Hamilton & Wayne Counties
Company H Fayette & Marion Counties
Company  I Clay, Edwards & Wabash Counties
Company K Clay County

Name, Company, Rank, Age, Place of birth, Physical description, marital status, occupation, etc. found here.

Men of the 40th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Click here to view photo of Wm. Newby and his comrades 
of the 40th IL Infantry

Discharge Papers filed in Hamilton Co., IL.

Civil War Discharge Paper - William Boyd

   Civil War Pension Papers - William Denny

Father and Sons in the Civil War: The Johnsons

40th IL Volunteer Infantry, Company "A"

James Dial in the Civil War

McAlister Hooker's Civil War letter re. 87th IL Inf.

The General Lyon Disaster
Many of the 56th IL on this steamer

Hamilton County was well represented in the Civil War.
433 men from Hamilton County served in the war.
9 were killed, 12 deserted, 71 died of disease,
41 were disabled, 194 mustered out.
Here you will find the Regiments and Rosters served by men of
 Hamilton County found on the Illinois Archives website. 
 In some cases, residence is listed.

Cavalry - 6th Regiment Co. D 
Co. H
Co. K
Infantry - 40th Regiment Co. A
Co. G
Infantry - 56th Regiment Co. C
Co. F
Co. G
Infantry - 60th Regiment Co. D
Co. G
Infantry - 71st Regiment Co. K
Infantry - 87th Regiment
Regimental history
Images of actual roster "A" 
(Men from Ham. Co.)
Co. A
Co. E
Infantry - 110th Regiment Co. K
Infantry - 155th Regiment Co. H
Infantry - 131st Regiment
Infantry - 32nd Regiment

Civil War Poem
by D. T. Crawford
[of the IL 131st Regiment  Co. I
Sent to his wife, Celia Jane Crawford in 1863]
Dawson T. and Celia J. Crawford are 
listed on the 1860 Hamilton Co., IL Census

Come sit you down my dearest dear and listen unto me,
These lines I am composing are starkly wrote for thee.
We are stationed here at Young's Point, in Louisiana State,
Awaiting new orders from all out generals great.

We have some noble generals who try to win the ay,
But we had one sore engagement; we had to flee away.
It happened close to Vicksburg, in the Mississippi State,
On the Banks of the Yazoo, December the 28th.

It was on Sunday morning, just at the break of day.
Our noble General Sherman marched his men away,
Though he did not march them very far before he made a stand.
He was attacked by General Lee and all his Rebel band.

Here they had a bloody contact, it's true to you I'll tell,
And many Union soldier true, in this battle fell.
How many were our losses, I ne'er could ascertain,
But a thousand true good soldiers lay bleeding on the plain.

It was on Wednesday evening, the new came into camp,
That our men were bound to leave, ere this new to you was dam.
Then General Sherman, he replied, retreat the best you can,
For we will show those Vicksburgillians what is a Union man.

So he called up his forces and on the steamers went
And was ordered up the river before we pitched a tent.
For McClerand and he had come down, to take us in command,
And ordered us up the Arkansas for to make a stand.

On the eleventh day of January 1863
Our fleet all lay close by them as snug as it could be,
For our men had them surrounded; they did quickly understand,
For they seen they had not outlet, by river or by land.

So they fired on our gunboats, but found it wouldn't do
Then they turned upon our forces of the red, white and blue.
Commanded by one Churchill, they thought they gained the day,
But many a Rebel Soldier soon in those ditches lay.

O, now the battle's ended, called the "Battle of the Post"
And very few of the Union boys on our side were lost.
But prisoners we have plenty, ten thousand or more
While all their dead and wounded lie bleeding in a gore.

O, now we have marching orders, for all the Southern Land,
And now it is back to Vicksburg for to make a stand.
And the river, it is rising, and the weather, it is fine,
And I hope we'll gain a victory there, we'll always bear in mind.

My name is D. T. Crawford from the Illinois State
A soldier in the army, enlisted here of late.
I was born in Louisiana and raised in old Kentuck,

Here is to health to Union soldiers, prosperity and luck.

Contributed by Mary Lou Jacobson


Civil War Poem
by Wes Garvin
 In honor of a Franklin County, 
Illinois lad who joined an Iowa Regiment, then marched off to glory, never to return again. He gave his all for love of God, Country and Family. Private Roberson was the Great, Great Grandfather of Mr. Garvin.

(Service from Aug 1862 - Dec 1862)

Clad in blue and standing tall,
he was the proudest one of all.

With knapsack high he bent quite low,
for his childs', his love would show.

A parting kiss and promises made,
farewell to wife he finally bade.

Shouldering musket he joined the ranks,
while marching off, the crowd gave thanks.

Glancing back at his dear Sally,
return I shortly, I shall not dally.

Twas in the year of '62,
certain victory was what they knew.

No Rebel ball or bayonette,
sent the Dark one whom he met.

Was not the sabre that made him tary,
Nay, was the creeper of dysentary.

Last thoughts were of his home so clear,
and his Sally, oh so dear.

Before I take this endless sleep,
one last time for thee I weep.

As I now enter the eternal bed,
all are gone, they have been shed.

With eyes now closed, and heartbeat stilled,
they cover him oer in old Springfield!

Contributed by Wes Garvin.



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