Biography of Michael Mount

MICHAEL MOUNT, Confederate Soldier, passenger conductor on the C., B. & Q. R. R., is the son of William and Alzeria (Cates) Mount, natives of Virginia and Tennessee. He was born near Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 22, 1841. His father was a farmer by occupation, and died near his old home in 1858, aged 58 years.

The subject of this sketch was inured to farm life, the duties whereof were interspersed with occasional attendance at the neighboring school. Before he was 20 years of age, at which time he left home, he augmented his learning materially by a course at a commercial school, with a view to still further advancement in study.

But the war between the States broke out, and as early as February 1861, young Mount presented himself at Strawberry Plains as a volunteer of the Southern Army, and at once became a member of Capt. Lynch’s battery. He was in a short time transferred to the 1st Tenn. Cav., and was with this command until he left the service, which he did at the surrender of Vicksburg, where he was made prisoner, July 4, 1863.

In the December following he came to Quincy, IL., where he obtained employment until August 1864, when he became brakeman on the C., B. & Q.R.R. From freight brakeman he became passenger brakeman and two years later, in 1866, train baggage-man. In 1869 he was placed in charge of a freight train as conductor, and in 1884 promoted to a passenger train, where we find him, January 1886, and where his numerous friends hope to find him for many years to come. To rise from a freight brakeman to a permanency in the conductorship of a C., B. & Q. passenger train is considered by railroad men in this country as the highest testimonial of merit. We use the word permanency in its limited sense; no man is ever permanently with any railroad company unless he owns it, but the term distinguishes the regular employee in any department from the novitiate.

Mr. Mount was married at Fowler, Adams Co. IL, April 9, 1868, to Miss Annie Mitchell, daughter of James W. Mitchell, Esq., of that county. They have become the parents of three children, living, named Charles H., Alzeria, and Rolla, and have buried one infant. Mr. Mount is a Knight Templar and a member of Galesburg Commandery, No. 8, and also belongs to the A.O.U.W.; he is also a member of the Order of Railway Conductors.

Surrounding headstones buried in
Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Knox County, IL:

Virginia A. Mount
1850 - 1934
is his wife.

other person buried by him is

Virginia Mitchell
Our mother


Halla Mount
Who was in the Spanish American War.
Corp Co A.
I Ill L. A.
Sp. Am. War is on his Military stone.

Transcribed by Foxie Hagerty.




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