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ATKINS, Smith D.
Born 9 June 1836, Elmira, Chemung Co. New York. READ BIOGRAPHY
BARBER, George E.
On this 5th day of September 1890, personally appeared before me, Clerk of the County Court in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, George E. Barber, a resident of Loran in the County of Stephenson and State of Illinois, whose Post Office address is Loran, Ill., well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declared in relation to the case as follows: That he was a member of Co. B. of said 15th Regiment and knew said Luttig. That in Oct. 1864 said Luttig and Barber were captured and confined in Andersonville Prison together to April 1865 and that while there together in said prison due to lack of decent food said Luttig contracted a disease of the stomach..... [recorded on the Pension papers of Henry Luttig; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
On this 30th day of April A. D. 1890, personally appeared before me Clerk of the County Court in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, Joseph Dean aged 46 years, a resident of Freeport in the County of Stephenson and State of Illinois whose Post Office address is Freeport, Ill....... that he was a member of Co. F of said Regiment and was acquainted with said Henry Luttig. That he was captured in the late fall of 1864 and never rejoined his Company. [recorded on the Pension papers of Henry Luttig; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
DENTON, Charles E.
Resided at home until the breaking out of the civil war when he responded to the call of Abraham Lincoln and joined Co. G, 15th regiment (Lena Rifles), Illinois Volunteer infantry, in the year 1861. He served faithfully in the northern army during the entire period of the war. He was wounded on one occasion and returned home on a furlough to recuperate. He again went back to the colors and served until hostilities ceased. During the war Mr. Denton took part in many battles, the most noteworthy one being the battle of Shiloh, where he was in the thickest of the fight.
Report of Col. Benjamin Dornblaser, Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry, commanding brigade
HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE, YAZOO EXPEDITION, Vicksburg, Miss., May 22, 1864. "The only casualty I have to report in my command is that of Sergeant [Lansing] Eells, Company D, Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry, who was killed on the morning of the 14th, while acting as a scout, for which he was well suited, and in which capacity he had rendered much valuable service. Although the march was a long one, and rendered wearisome by the heat and dust, but very few complaints were heard, and whenever a fight was expected every man was found in his place ready and eager for the fray. The officers of this command, including my personal staff, are entitled to great praise for the able and prompt discharge of every duty devolving upon them. I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Colonial B. DORNBLASER, Commanding Brigade
JARWELL, Lalon Joseph
Civil Letters from Vicksburg
KAMRAR, Abram W.
Enlisted as Private in Company K 46th regiment in Illinois infantry volunteers on 26 December 1863. Honorably discharged on 20 January 1866 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Died from consumption at the age of 27. Buried at Yellow Creek Cemetery
KAUFFMAN, Alex M.
Alex M. Kauffman, 91, 617 East Garden Street, born in York County Pennsylvania Jan. 5, 1847 and in 1864 enlisted in Co E 207th PA Inf. and served till the end of the war. Mr. Kauffmann, the only one of the three surviving Freeport civil war veterans who participated in the parade yesterday, enjoys good health and is planning to attend the reunion of Union and Confederate soldiers which is to be held at the scene of the Battle of Gettysburg from June 29 - July 4th. Over 2000 Union and Confederate soldiers have already signified their intention of attending. All expenses for the veterans and an attendant are being paid by the government. [From the Freeport Journay 31 May 1938]
KAUFFMAN, Thaddeus M.
Thaddeus M. Kauffman, 88, 519 South Beaver avenue, born in York Co PA November 25, 1849, a brother of Alex M. Kauffman, mentioned above. He enlisted in 1864 in Co A 215th Reg. PA Volunteers and served until the end of the war. Mr. Kauffmann was accessor of Freeport for several terms. He was not able to be in the parade yesterday as he has been confined to his bed for the past four months. [From the Freeport Journay 31 May 1938]
Myron A. Lawver, 91, 120 South Cherry Avenue born on a farm near Lena March 7, 1847, and believed to be one of the very few surviving civil war veterans who was confined to Andersonville Prison. Mr. Lawver enlisted in Lena in 1861 in Co G, 15th Volunteer Infantry and later, while in Georgia, was transferred to Co B, in another regiment, originally organized at Belvidere. Mr. Lawver is now in splendid health and walks almost daily to the business section of the city to chat with friends and acquaintances. [From the Freeport Journay 31 May 1938]
On this 4th day of July A. D. 1890 personally appeared before me Clerk of the County Court in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, Oliver Seymour aged 40 years, a resident of Freeport in the County of Stephenson and State of Illinois whose Post Office address is Freeport, Illinois........that he was a member of said Company (15th Illinois Regiment) and was captured with said Henry Luttig in Oct. 64 and that they were confined in Andersonville prison to April 1865. [recorded on the Pension papers of Henry Luttig; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
REED, Wilson D.
Wilson D. Reed, aged 78, Civil War veteran. Prominent in Robert Anderson post G. A. R., since 1882, and a resident of Waterloo since 1871, died yesterday at Presbyterian hospital of paralysis after an illness of three days. He had been stricken sometime Thursday night, being found unconscious on the floor of his room, 1002 Jefferson street. He failed to regain consciousness. Mr. Reed was one of the most familiar figures among the old soldiers about Memorial hall and considered one of the most youthful and sprightly veterans of the post. Being an excellent snare drummer he had for many years been conspicuous in all celebrations at home and state encampments of the G. A. R. post. When the war broke out in 1861, "Will" Reed was 16 years of age. He wanted to enlist at once but his father would not give his consent. He persisted until on Jan. 4, 1864, he enlisted in Co. B Forty-sixth Illinois infantry, at Freeport, Ill. He was sent south and served for the most part in Louisiana and Alabama. Serving to the end of the war, he was fortunate in not becoming ill nor wounded although he participated in several actions. At one time a bullet plowed through the crown of his hat. Soldiers in the department of the gulf were held in service longer than their comrades, because of unsettled conditions in Mexico and it was Jan. 6, 1866, when he was mustered out at Shreveport, La. Mr. Reed was born January 17, 1845, at Williamsburg, Pa. He was married in 1868, to Miss Mary J. Lowry, at Dakota, Ill., after having settled at Freeport, Ill., after the war. In 1871, the couple came to Waterloo. Mrs. Reed died here Sept. 24, 1921 and an only child Gertrude, died April 9, 1890, at the age of 20. Surviving Mr. Reed are the following nephews and nieces: J. F. Reed, with whom he made his home at 1003 Jefferson street; Mrs. Eva Hill, Waterloo; Mrs. Simon Hoefer, Freeport, Ill.; Mrs. Anna Seaton, Pecatonica, Ill.' J. M. Combs, Chicago,. Illinois. Mr. Reed was engaged in the laundry business here for 14 years before retiring from active industrial life. In the early days he drove a transfer bus for a number of years. The buses in those days resembled a street car with railing around the top to hold trunks and luggage. The driver sat in a high seat and drove a pair of spirited horses. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo. (July 5, 1923)
NEWS STORY: "Mrs. Simon Hoefer has gone to Waterloo, Iowa, to attend the funeral of her uncle, Wilson D. Reed, who passed away there Tuesday. Mr. Wilson was at one time a resident of Freeport and enlisted in the union forces during the civil war while a resident of this city. He was past eighty years of age and was one of those who heard the famous Lincoln-Douglas debate, here in 1858. He visited in Freeport last year during the Lincoln-Douglas celebration here. He died at the home of his nephew, J. Frank Reed. Burial was made at Waterloo. Mr. Reed suffered a stroke of paralysis Tuesday which caused his death." [Unknown newspaper, July 6, 1923 - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Sgt. Co B 26th IL Inf.
Born Lancaster County, Pennsylvania April 1, 1840. He died April 14, 1901 in Freeport Illinois. Son of Christian Yordy Senior & Susan Sowder Married to Elizabeth Wareham
Born 9 February 1820 in Lebanan Co PA. Son of Robert & Sarah (Wallace) Young. He enlisted in Co. G. 46th IL Vol. Inf. and was active in encouraging others to follow his example. At the organization of the company he was unanimously chosen its Captain and marched at the head to the scene of conflict. They had received their equipments at Springfield, whence they proceeded by rail to Cairo, and were present in the first engagement at Ft. Donelson, in February 1862. The 46th Regiment was the first to enter the town after its surrender. After this had been effected they marched into Shiloh and were engaged in the thickest of the fight, during which Co G distinguised itself, and had reason to be proud of its Captain. Many were carried lifeless from the field and others received grievous wounds. Capt. Young was struck in the jaw by a minie ball, which carried away all his teeth. His courage was equal to the emergency, but he was obliged to succumb and was sent home when able to be removed. There he remained until his partial recovery, and when strong enough determined to rejoin his comrades on the field. His wound, however, prevented his partaking of soldiers fare, and he was obliged to resign his commission and return sorrowfully to his Northern home. He had, however, in the meantime met the enemy again, being in the battle of Hatchie, where the Colonel of the regiment was fatally wounded. Capt. Young remaining at his side until he expired. At the close of his army life our subject returned to Lancaster Twp.
The name of Oliver "Seymour" adorns the charter roll of the Post and it is told of him that his name which was Zimmer was called by his superior officer, and he was asked "What's your name?" and although he replied "Zimmer," the recruiting officer said to the lad of 14, "All right, "Seymour," and "Seymour" he was all through the war, and on the war records and official discharge. He was a drummer boy and many claimed was the youngest lad enlisted in the army. [Freeport Journal Standard April 21, 1926; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
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