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97th Illinois Infantry Calhoun County Soldiers


Address to 97th ILL Vol. by Victor Fivquain, Colonel 87th Ill. dated August, 1865, Springfield, Ill.
[Contributed by Mary Lou (Guyette) Wardlaw, granddaughter of Charles Titus
(16 Mar 1844 Dresden, Muskingum Co OH-24 Jan 1927 Mattoon, Coles Co IL).
Her Grandfather, Charles Titus, joined the 97th Vol. Inf. under Col. Victor Vifquain in Coles Co IL.
Charles Titus' son, Victor Vifquain Titus, was named after his commanding officer.]


Farewell men of the 97th Illinois! Peace has broken the ties that for three long years have united us together. The moment to separate has arrived. Our task is done. The honor of our country is vindicated. Our glorious Union has been preserved intact and the struggle is ended. Of all that is dear to our hearts, a soldier's friendship, contracted in continual campaigns and maintained in the fearful uproar of battle and in the solemn quiet by the vivouac fire, is the dearest and most devoted of friendships. It is so, for God has made it so, as a compensation for the many trials that you have endured. It is so because a soldier's heart is a noble heart. It is useless for me to enumerate the deeds you have done; every one of you has them engraved in your heart, and men more able than I have eulogized your bravery and devotion. My last words to you are most affecting to my heart. To think that I never more will see you in line of battle with the Stars and Stripes waving their glorious folds over you; to think that the 97th will never more be together on the march, in camp or in battle; to think that I will never more have the right to say; 'Fall in 97th;' to think that I never more will have the honor to lead you in battle, is for me a very sad thought. Still I am happy to return you to your homes; happy to think that your wives and children, your parents and your friends will soon press you to their bosoms and hear from your own lips the terrible 'History of the Rebellion.' I am grieved to part with you, and still I am happy to return to your Prairie State four hundred of the nine hundred braves who left their homes and all that was dear to them to fight the battles of their country. Only four hundred! Five hundred comrades left behind, sleeping the sleep that knows no waking. Dear friends! Gallant soldiers! Glorious martyrs! Fitting sacrifices offered upon the altar of their country! 'May their memory grow green with the years and flourish with the lapse of ages.'

Farewell again 97th Illinois! Farewell boys, - boys who upon a word from me were all willing to sacrifice your lives, - farewell. My heart desires to tell you things that my hand is not strong enough to write, but it is my desire to be remembered by you. I shall ever remember the 97th Illinois, and the honors you have won for me will ever be an object of my most sincere gratitude. May you all be happy and prosperous in all your undertakings. Farewell, God bless you.'


Soldiers found in the Civil War Database
BAKER, SAMUEL PVT F 97 IL US INF SHARON
BELL, GREEN W PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
BELL, JESSE REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BLACKWELL, WILLIAM H CPL C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BOSWELL, JOHN PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BOWEN, WILLIAM PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BOWLIN, BENJAMIN MUS C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BOWLIN, WILLIAM PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
BUCKMASTER, JOHN H CPL F 97 IL US INF SHARON
BULL, GEORGE W CPL C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
BULL, JARRARD PVT C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
BULL, NATHANIEL PVT C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
CASE, JAMES REC K 97 IL US INF CALHOUN CO
CASSELTON, WILLIAM PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
CLARK, MARSHALL A PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
COOK, HARMAN PVT K 97 IL US INF HARDIN
DIVINE, JAMES PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
EBERLIN, BASE PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
GROVES, BENJAMIN F PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
HARRELL, S W PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
HAYS, ISAAC PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
HOBSON, JAMES E SGT G 97 IL US INF CARROLLTON
HOMER, SAMUEL MUS C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
JACKSON, WILLIAM REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
JONES, SAMUEL CPL K 97 IL US INF GILEAD
KNOWLTON, EDWARD M PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
LYNN, JAMES WAG C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
MARSHALL, FRANCIS SGT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
MCBRIDE, JOHN PVT C 97 IL US INF HAMBURG
MILLER, LEBEUS B PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
NEWSUM, MILLER PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
NORDYKE, ADIN J PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
PACE, JAMES H N PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
PARRISH, ISAAC REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
PASCHALL, ROBERT J CPL F 97 IL US INF SHARON
PERONTEAN, JOHN B REC C 97 IL US INF CALHOUN CO
PERRIN, WILLIAM D PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
PERRYMAN, NELSON O 2LT F 97 IL US INF SHARON
PRESSE, JOEL PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
QUALLS, JOHN M PVT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
ROHN, CHARLES REC H 97 IL US INF CENTERVILLE
ROSA, JOHN PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
RUCKSTUHL, J GEORGE 1LT C 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
SACKETT, GEORGE PVT C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
SENATE, FELIX REC C 97 IL US INF CALHOUN CO
SISCO, HORACE REC C 97 IL US INF CALHOUN CO
SMITH, PETER H CPL F 97 IL US INF SHARON
STEED, D F REC C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
STEED, DOW F PVT G 97 IL US INF GILEAD
STEED, JAMES REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
STEED, JOHN W REC C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
STEED, JOHN W PVT G 97 IL US INF GILEAD
TYON, ALEXANDER PVT G 97 IL US INF DEER PLAIN
WEIGAND, JOHN A CPL C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
WHITE, SAMUEL REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
WHITE, SAMUEL PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
WILLIAMS, TOLBERT SGT F 97 IL US INF SHARON
WITZMAN, JOHN REC H 97 IL US INF CENTERVILLE
WOODAPPLE, FERDINAND PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
WYANT, JOHN PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
ZAHRLI, ABRAHAM PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
ZAHRLI, JOHN PVT G 97 IL US INF HARDIN
ZARBILE, ABRAHAM REC C 97 IL US INF HARDIN
ZEITZ, HERMAN REC C 97 IL US INF GILEAD
ZIETZ, HERMANN PVT G 97 IL US INF GILEAD


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