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97th Illinois Infantry
Fayette 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:

ACKERMAN, FRANCIS

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ACKERMAN, GEORGE N

REC

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ALLEN, JAMES H

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ANDERSON, ERWIN F

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ANDERSON, WILLIAM T

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BAIL, CLINTON

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BAIL, WICKLIFF

REC

 

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BARRETT, CHARLES A

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BEACH, FRANKLIN

WAG

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BECK, JAMES C

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

BECK, SILAS A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

BETHARD, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BINGAMAN, H A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BLANKENSHIP, ELISHA

SGT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

BOLT, GEORGE W

1LT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

BRANNON, MICHAEL

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BUCKMASTER, CHARLES W

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

BUCKMASTER, WILLIAM H

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CAMPBELL, WILLIAM M

REC

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CAMPBELL, WILSON

CPT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CHANCELOOR, QUINTON S

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

CHATHAM, ANDREW

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CLARK, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CLARK, ZADOCK

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

CLAYTON, WILLIAM G

REC

 

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

CLOW, NELSON

SGT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

COCHRAN, CHARLES P

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

COCHRAN, WILLIAM

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

COLEMAN, WILLIAM C

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

COOK, HIRAM

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

COTHERN, JOHN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

CROTSER, HENRY

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

DAGGET, NELSON

2LT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

DAGGETT, LEWIS N

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

DAVIS, AUGUST

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

DAVIS, RICHARD

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

DEPEW, BENJAMIN F

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

DEPEW, JAMES A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

DORMAN, WILLIAM

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

DOXSEE, HARVEY

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

DULL, WILLIAM

WAG

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

ENGLE, CHARLES V

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ENGLE, CYRUS G

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ERWIN, JAMES M

CPT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

EVANS, WILLIAM A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

FITZPATRICK, JOSEPH K

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

GIRARD, SAMUEL

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

GIRARD, WILLIAM

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

GRANFIELD, WILLIAM

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

GREAR, JOHN R

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

GREEN, GEORGE W

CPL

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HADLEY, SAMUEL

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HALADAY, WILLIAM W

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HALL, BENJAMIN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HALL, WILLIAM S

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HANKINS, THOMAS

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HARRIS, WILLIAM A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HARROD, JOHN G

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HATCHET, BENJAMIN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HAYNES, ISRAEL

1SGT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

HERRON, JOSEPH B

SGT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HIATTE, ALBERT O

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HICKMAN, MONTGOMERY

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HINTON, HADIN

CPL

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

HOLMAN, DAVID

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HOLMAN, WILLIAM J

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

HUTTON, ISAAC

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

JACKSON, MARION G

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

KEHR, SAMUEL

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

KELLEY, PATRICK

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

KNIGHT, CYRUS J

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

LANDERS, JACOB

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

LARAMORE, ROBERT P

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

LASH, HENRY

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

LEACH, JAMES M

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

LEACH, JOSEPH P

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

LEE, ABIJAH

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

FAYETTE CO

LEE, HARVEY

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

LOGUE, DANIEL

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

LYONS, ISAAC T

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MACGEE, JAMES H

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MATHENY, BOOKER L

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MAY, CHARLES W

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MCCARTY, JOHN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MCCLANAHAN, THOMAS W

1LT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

MCELHANY, WILLIAM

MUS

K

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MCFARLAN, STEPHEN A

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MCKINNEY, MILES C

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MCKINNEY, REUBEN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MERRITT, ALLEN

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

METZ, JACOB H

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MIDDLETON, WILLIAM H

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MILLER, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MILLER, JOHN GEORGE

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MITCHELL, JAMES L

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MOON, J B

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MOORE, BENJAMIN F

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MORRIS, SAMUEL

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MORTON, REEVES R

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

MYERHOLZ, HERMAN H

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

MYERS, BENJAMIN F

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

NANCE, RICHARD

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

NEEDHAM, WILLIAM A

REC

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

NICHOLS, WILLIAM L

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

NIFONG, WALTER W

SGT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

NORRIS, TOM JEFF

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

NOWLIN, JAMES

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

OGLESBY, WILLIAM W

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

OSBORN, E S

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

PARKER, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

PASCHALL, ROLLEY B

CPL

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

PEAK, ALEXANDER

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

PETERS, DAVID

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

PETERS, SIMON

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

PEYTON, R D

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

PICKENS, JAMES M

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

PINKTON, JOHN

REC

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

POPE, GEORGE W

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

POWEL, LEVI

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

RAY, ANDREW

CPT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

RAY, JAMES

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

REED, JOHN

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

RICE, THOMAS G H

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

RICE, WILLIAM F

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

RING, MASTIN

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ROBINSON, B R

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ROSS, CHARLES P

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SANDS, JACKSON P

PVT

K

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SANDY, PHILIP

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

SANDY, PHILLIP

REC

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SAYLORS, JOEL

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SCHAFFER, SIMON C

MUS

HQ

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SCROTT, MARTIN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SHAFFER, SIMON C

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SHUTT, JAMES A

CPL

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

SIFTON, JAMES T

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SIGLER, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SIGLER, MICHAEL

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SIMMONS, LEWIS

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

SMITH, GEORGE

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

SOUTHERON, WILLIAM A

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

SPURGEON, ALVIN

CPL

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

STEVENSON, WILLIAM H

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

STIVERS, WILLIAM

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

STOUT, SIDNEY B

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

STOUT, THOMAS J

PVT

E

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

STULL, JOSEPH M

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SUNDERLAND, GUSTAVUS

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SURBER, JAMES H

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SWENGER, JOHN

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

SWETTLAND, HENRY

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

THOMPSON, BENJAMIN F

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

TROUTMAN, ADAMS

REC

 

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

TRUE, JAMES C

REC

 

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

ULRICH, FREDISE

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

USSERY, WILLIAM T

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WEAR, DAVID M

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WEIHARDT, GUSTAV

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WELCH, JOHN A

CPL

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WELCH, JOHN H

CPT

F

97

IL US INF

BOWLING GREEN

WELCH, SOLOMON

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WHEELER, WILLIAM B

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WHITT, EDWARD

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WHITT, HENRY

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, DOCTOR F

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, JAMES

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, JOHN

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, JOSEPH M

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, LEWIS F

CPL

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WICKER, MATTHEW

PVT

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WIGGER, JOHN L

REC

H

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WILLIAMS, AUGUSTUS

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WILLIAMS, LEWIS

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WILSON, NOEL

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

WITHINGTON, BENJAMIN R

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY

WOLF, GEORGE

PVT

I

97

IL US INF

VANDALIA

YELTON, SILAS A

MUS

E

97

IL US INF

FAYETTE CO

YOUNG, ALBERT D

PVT

F

97

IL US INF

RAMSEY



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