97th Illinois Infantry

Cumberland 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:
ADAMS, TIMOTHY R BPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ADKINS, HENRYPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ALLEN, CHARLES JPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ALLEN, GEORGE WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ALLEN, JAMES FCPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ALLISON, SAMUELREC 97IL US INFWOODBURY
ARBOGAST, JACOBWAGD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ARMSTRONG, GEORGE DCPTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BARNETT, GEORGE HPVTG97IL US INFNEOGA
BARRETT, ANDREW JRECD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BARTHOLOW, SAMUEL ERECB97IL US INFGREENUP
BATSON, HARBIN JPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BENIFIELD, FRANCIS MPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BENIFIELD, JOHN SPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BERRY, ANDREWPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BERRY, JOSEPH SPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BOON, HENRY DPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BRADMAN, CHRISTOPHER2LTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BRANNAN, J WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BROWN, BRANSONPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BUCHANAN, JAMES GCPTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
BUCHANAN, JAMES GMAJHQ97IL US INFNIOGA
BURCHFIELD, WILLIAMPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
CAMPBELL, CHARLES HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
CANFIELD, DAVIDPVTD97IL US INFWOODBURY
CATLIN, REUBEN TRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
COLE, SIMONPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
COLWELL, ANDERSONPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
CROOKSHANKS, J CPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
CROOKSHANKS, NATHANIELCPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
CROSS, THOMAS QPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DARLING, GEORGEPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DAVIS, ELEAZERPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DELP, PETERPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DOVE, DAVIDPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DUNBAR, DAVIDPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
DUNBAR, JASPERRECD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ELLIOTT, JOSIAHPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ELLIOTT, PETER WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ESTES, HENRY JPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ESTES, JOSEPH HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
EVELAND, WILLIAM BRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
EWING, GEORGE FRECB97IL US INFNEOGA
FARMER, SAMUELSGTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
FELTNER, PHILIPPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
FITTS, JOHNPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
FITTS, ZILMAN WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
FLOOD, MICHAELPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GARRETT, LEMUEL GPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GLESENER, GEORGEPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GLESENER, JOHN SPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GOOD, WASHINGTON LPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GOODELL, JAMES A1LTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GRANT, WILLIAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
GREESON, DAVID CRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
GREESON, HENRY DRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
GROSS, JOHN WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HANCOCK, THOMAS RPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HARRIS, D LPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HART, ZEPHANIAH EPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HARTLEY, JAMES DPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HARTLEY, JOHN RWAGB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HARTLEY, SAMUELMUSG97IL US INFNEOGA
HARTLEY, WILLIAM CPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HIDDLEBAUGH, ELIRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
HOLLAND, THOMASMUSG97IL US INFNEOGA
HOLMS, JOHN JSGTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HOUSE, JAMES WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HOUSER, JOHNPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HOWSER, JABEZ MPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
HUFFMAN, PHILIPPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
INGLE, MARTINPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
INGRIM, JOHNPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
JAY, SAMPSON HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
JOHNSON, FRANCIS MPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
JOSEPH, ALLENPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
JOSLIN, WILLIAM PPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
KILLGORE, JAMES HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
KILLGORE, JOHN APVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
KIMERY, JOHN HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
KINGERY, FULTONRECD97IL US INFWOODBURY
KINGRY, JOHNPVTD97IL US INFWOODBURY
KINNEY, JOHNREC 97IL US INFNEOGA
KINSEL, JAMES MCPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
LARUE, JOHN WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
LEE, JAMES WPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
LEMAR, JAMES CPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
MARKEE, DANIEL HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
MILLER, ALFRED1LTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
MILLER, WILLIAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
MORTON, AARON DPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
MURRAY, JACOBPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
NEES, JEREMIAH NPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
NICHOLAS, SILAS HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
NICHOLSON, JAMES WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
NICUM, STEPHENPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
NORTHWAY, FRANCIS MPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ORR, J HSGTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
ORR, JOHN CMUSB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
OWENS, WILLIAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
PILES, THOMAS JPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
PITTS, JOHN WPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
PRIDEMORE, THEODORECPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
PURSELL, SAMUELPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
RAWLINGS, JAMES A1LTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
REYNOLDS, JOHN FPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
REYNOLDS, R GPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
REYNOLDS, SAMUEL SPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
RILEY, JOHN W DPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SAWYER, CHARLES MPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SCOTT, BENJAMIN EPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SELLARS, PETERCPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SHEPHERD, DANIEL JREC 97IL US INFGREENUP
SHULL, JONATHAN WPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SHULL, ROBERT BPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SMITH, THOMAS HPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SMITH, THOMAS JPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SPARKS, OTHOPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
SPOON, JACOB LPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
STAINBROOK, HIRAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
STRONG, JOHNREC 97IL US INFGREENUP
TATE, JESSEPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TEENELIN, ANDREWREC 97IL US INFGREENUP
THORP, JACOB BPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TITUS, HARVEY S2LTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TRIGG, JOHNPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TROWBRIDGE, CHARLESPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TURNER, ABRAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
TURNER, WILLIAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
VANDERCOOK, THOMAS HPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
VANHANTAN, IRAPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WADE, JOSEPH APVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WADE, WILLIAM RPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WALKER, JOHN DRECB97IL US INFGREENUP
WETHERS, CHARLESPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WILCOX, CHARLES WCPLB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WILLIAMS, JAMES APVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WILLIAMS, JOHN WILLIAMPVTD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WILSON, JOHN BPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
WISNER, JAMES WCPTD97IL US INFWOODBURY
WOODROW, JACKSON DMUSD97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO
YEWING, CYRUS KPVTB97IL US INFCUMBERLAND CO

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