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  James Henderson Joins Army
Stark County Union, Toulon, Ill., January 1, 1862
Among the recent volunteers from our county to join the army is that of our esteemed friend James A. Henderson, Esq., of this place. He left here yesterday in pursuit of the 47th regiment, intending to enroll his name as a high private in Company K, the members of which are mostly from Essex and Toulon Townships. The 47th when last heard from was at Cairo, and from thence, it is supposed, will proceed to the Cumberland River and is probably now on its way to its destination. Our friend will perhaps reach it in time for the first battle, as he is anxious to, now that the regiment is no longer laing round in the brush in Missouri but is going into active service. Mr. H. has been assisting us as the editor of the Union. He will make a star soldier, we know, for on one has a greater reverence for the star-spangled banner or is more determined that it "in triumph shall wave."




Recent Volunteers
From the Feb. 28, 1862 edition of the Stark County Union (Stark County News)

Among the recent volunteers from our county to join the army is that of our esteemed friend James A. Henderson, Esq., of this place. He left here yesterday in pursuit of the 47th regiment, intending to enroll his name as a high private in Company K, the members of which are mostly from Essex and Toulon Townships. The 47th when last heard from was at Cairo, and from thence, it is supposed, will proceed to the Cumberland River, and is probably now on its way to its destination. Our friend will perhaps reach it in time for the first battle, as he is anxious to, now that the regiment is no longer laying round in the brush in Missouri but is going into active service. Mr. H. has been assisting us as the editor of the Union. He will make a star soldier, we know, for no one has a greater reverence for the star-spangled banner or is more determined that it "in triumph shall wave."

S.S. Kaysbier, Esq. left yesterday to join his regiment, in better health than upon his arrival home, though not entirely well. Mr. K. belongs to the band of the 47th, is an accomplished musician, and while our boys are playing the decree with the rebels he will charm the union men with their favorite "Dixie."

We don't know how we can better comply with the request of our friend than by publishing his note:

Friend Henry--Immediately after the news of the battle at Fort Donelson, the patriotic ladies of our town met, and with commendable zeal went to work preparing necessaries for our brave boys that were wounded. Would it not be well for others to imitate their example? Suppose you make mention in the welcome Stark County Union.

---Yours, Isaac Thomas



Henderson and Dewolf Promoted

Stark County Union, Toulon IL April 11, 1862
James A. Henderson, Esq., who left here a few weeks ago and joined the Forty seventh regiment as a private has been promoted to a first lieutenancy by Gov. Yeasts in Company K, of that regiment. Just previous to the governor's promotion he had been elected second lieutenant by the company, and, as it was an honor conferred upon him by his comrades, we think he will serve as second instead of first lieutenant.
First Lieut. David Dewolf, of Essex township, is now the captain of Company K, and Marshall Brown of Wyoming, was elected to the first lieutenancy. Wm. Denchfield also of Wyoming, has been made "orderly." We congratulate our friends upon their promotion.



The Bradford Republican, September 17, 1885
Reunion of Co. B, 19th ILL.


The early morning of September 9th was rainy, and the day continued cold and cloudy and the cannonading at Neponset at sunrise, which was heard for many miles, reminded us all that the artillery to be used at the reunion of Co. B., at our old Captain's place was on hand. There was a large company gathered by ten o'clock, when Capt. Stuart gave an address of welcome to his home wishing every one a good time and assuring all that every door of his house was wide open. Then a farce was played, in which the artillery was captured and used for the benefit of the old 19th.

About forty members of the regiment from Chicago with their families were present, also Wm. Nevins, drum major of the 19th, with a band under his leadership, as well as Fife Major Moore, who daily did the blowing for the regiment for three years, and who now went through with all the old army calls, - roll call, surgeons call, grand mount. Our old adjutant, L. G. Bangs, being present and filling his old place here as well as later in the day, when the regiment was brought out for dress parade very much as he used to do, only he did not seem to make as fine appearance with his cork leg as he used to do before the battle of Mission Ridge, when that appendage was not needed. Among the visitors present, members of the 19th were Col. Alex Raffin, Captains, D. F. Bremmer, Calhoun, John Deidreck; Lieutenants, Young, Wharton, Beatty, Stevens and others. Each company was represented except F, G. and I. The members of Co. B. present were

Captains: Charles Stewart, Alex Murchiece
Lieut. William Jackson
Comrades: James Montooth, Lewis Williams, W. H. Newcomer, Robert Fell, Tom Robison, Goerge Stone, Reub. Gardner, James Merrill, J. Q. Adams, D. Jackson, J. Cinnamon, George P. Richer, John Douglass, Robert Turnbull, Thomas Turnbull, I. M. Spencer, J. C. Mings, E. D. Way, H. C. Drewry, J. G. Boardman

Between twelve and one o'clock dinner was announced, when all old comrades with their ladies surrounded the tables loaded with provisions, and each seemed to vie with his nearest neighbor in trying to unload the heavily loaded boards, but it was all of no use, the more we ate the faster it came and we had to give up in despair. After dinner the band favored us with some of the finest music we ever heard, after which, Capt. Bremner responded to the toast "The 19th Ill. Inf.," Lieut. Jackson to "Co. B," Capt. Walkins to "The Loyal Woman," Major Hubbard was called for and was introduced as the first slave freed by the late war, being relieved from duty in the help fields of Palmyra, Mo., the last of July 1861, and initiated as cook for Lieut. S. M. Hill of Co. B, and then named as Jack Hill. The Major is a fine looking colored individual, of about two hundred and forty pounds, and saw lots of service before the close of the war. Lieut. Tom Beatty in a few well-chosen words presented to Capt. Stuart a nice gold badge from the 19th Ills. Vet. Club; Stewart in response said he could stand any amount of adversity; he could fight opposition, let it come from whence it would, but as he drew his coat sleeve across the upper part of his face exclaimed, "blame the other side? No, I am not too full for utterance, but, gentlemen, excuse me." Captain felt this to be the big day of his life, and craved the privilege of introducing his family to all assembled. Capt. Bremner, in behalf of the 19th Vet. Club invited the company to hold their reunion with them in Chicago next year. Many letters of regret were read from members of the regiment, as well as many others.

Co. B. withdrew to the armory, where they proceeded to elect their officers for the ensuing year, as follows: Capt. C. Stuart, Pres.; Lieut. Wm. Jackson, Vice Pres.; J. G. Boardman, Sec. On motion the officers were made an executive committee; also instructed to make as complete a record of the past meetings of the company as possible. The motion to accept the invitation extended by Capt. Bremner was carried (unable to read remainder).

 

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