Friday, February 22, 2019
This is the subject of the McHenry Country Civil War Round Table discussion group meeting tomorrow in Crystal Lake (see last post for particulars).
Also called the Campaign of the Carolinas, went from January 1 to April 26, 1865. It was the final campaign conducted by the U.S. Army against the Confederacy. Wikipedia holds it as being in the Western Theater
On January 1, 1864, Union General Sherman advanced his army from Savannah, Georgia, with plans of marching through South Carolina and North Carolina to where he would link up with the Union Army in Virginia.
The defeat of Confederate General Joseph Johnston's Army at the Battle of Bentonville and its unconditional surrender on April 26, 1865, effectively ended the Civil War.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
The McHenry County (Illinois) Civil War Round Table discussion group will be meeting this Saturday, February 23, at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Highway (US-14) in Crystal lake from 10 am to noon.
This month's topic is Sherman's 1865 Carolinas Campaign.
All are invited.
Come On Down. But be forewarned, we are often off-topic.
And, real good news, we will start having regular meetings in March (we tale January and February off, too cold in Illinois, you know.) The meeting will be March 12 at the Woodstock (Illinois) Library. Topic is "Jonathan Letterman" by Steve Acker.
He is a surgeon credited with originating modern methods for medical organization in the Army.
1. Adelbert Ames-- Last Union general to die. (Also Benjamin Butler's son-in-law.)
2. Edward Kerrigan-- Of the 16th Illinois Cavalry. Supervised the hangings of the six Raiders at Andersonville.
3. Sgt. Harry Reese-- Of the 48th Pennsylvania. Volunteered to enter tunnel to what became the Crater at Petersburg to see why it hadn't ignited.
4. C. C.. Banks-- Of the U.S. Christian Commission. Informed Lincoln's son Robert that his father had been shot.
5. Elizabeth Queseberry-- Involved in John Wilkes Booth's escape into Virginia.
6. Martin Reuben Merritt Wallace-- 4th Illinois Cavalry. Brother of General Wallace.
Hard enough there, Frank.
OK, Frank, here's one for you: Who was James Reilly, Sgt. U.S. Army, Major C.S. Army and what was he noted for?
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
So far this has been the 15th Illinois' month, starting from the first day. But back to the discussion group meeting now.
One other off-topic thing we discussed (there is a whole lot of off-topic discussion in the group for some reason) was that Frank Crawford sent in another six trivia questions; evidently not satisfied with the difficulty of his last trivia questions from December. This time on specific people. Well, at least I knew the first one, but that was from his Fort Fisher involvement. But Frank had him in for something else.
1. Who was Adelbert Ames?
2. Who was Edward Kerrigan?
3. Who was Sergeant Harry Reese?
4. Who was C.C. Banks?
5. Who was Elizabeth Quesenberry?
6. Who was Martin Reuben Merritt Wallace?
Do You Know? Answers Tomorrow. --Old Secesh?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Mustered out May 24, 1864. Did not reenlist.
Joined Veteran Battalion Co. E
Joined Veteran Battalion Co. C
Joined Veteran Battalion, Co. B
Reenlisted as Veteran
Mustered out June 3, 1864
Mustered Out June 11, 1964
Mustered out at Consolidation
Muster Me Out, Please. --Old Secesh
Monday, February 18, 2019
April 19, 1862 The only death from Woodstock.
November 1, 1861
February 28, 1862
September 27, 1862
December 4, 1862
December 17, 1862
June 1, 1864
Friday, February 15, 2019
Out of State.
With McHenry County located on the border with Wisconsin, it is not surprising that there would be some Cheeseheads in the regiment.
Big Fort-- 1
Louisville, Ky.-- 1
Also one from Ringgold, but I was unable to find out where that was.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Other Illinois towns:
Ripley-- 1 (Brown County)
Keithsburg-- 1 (Murcer Co.) These last two counties are over by the Mississippi River in the western part of the state.
LeRoy-- 1 (McLean County)
Oneco-- 1 (Stephenson County)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dorr-- 8 (Dorr Township in McHenry Co. Woodstock is in it. Named for Gov. Thomas Wilson Dorr. Dorr was the governor of Rhode Island and an interesting story in itself after he was tried for treason against Rhode Island and found guilty.)
Other McHenry County towns
Greenwood-- 2 (McHenry County township)
Seneca-- 13 (Township in McHenry County, was called Franklinville.)
Hartland-- 2 (May refer to Hartland Township or an unincorporated town)
So, a total of 68 came from Woodstock and McHenry County.
I'd say this was a McHenry County regiment.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
I've already posted Co. A 15th Illinois men who were discharged for disability. These are the dates of the rest of the men discharged for that in Company A.
January 4, 1862 transferred to Invalid Corps
September 25, 1861
April 28, 1862 2 men
July 28, 1862
October 19, 1862
December 17, 1862 2 men
September 24, 1863
Monday, February 11, 2019
In Missouri to Feb. 1, 1862
Oct-Nov. 1861, part of Fremont's advance toward Springfield, Mo.
Capture of Fort Donelson, Tn., Feb. 16, 1862
Battle of Shiloh, Tn., April 6-7, 1862
Siege of Corinth, Ms., April 29-May 30, 1862
Duty at Memphis to Sept. 6, 1862
Battle of Hatchie River Oct. 5, 1862 Also known as Battle of Hatchie's Bridge or Metamora
Operations in Mississippi Oct. 31 to Jan. 10, 1863
Duty at Memphis until May 1863
Siege of Vicksburg May 22- July 4, 1863
Assault in Jackson, Ms. July 12, 1863
Duty Natchez, Ms. Aug. 15 to Nov. 10, 1863
Duty Vicksburg, Ms. Nov. 10 to Feb. 1864
Meridian Campaign Feb. 3 to March 5, 1864
Atlanta Campaign June 8 to Sept. 8, 1864
Assigned garrison duty Altoona Pass, Ackworth, Big Shanty and Marietta until Nov.
Consolidated with 14th Illinois July 1, 1864 and became the 14th and 15th Illinois Battalion Infantry
March to the Sea Nov. 15 to Sept. 10, 1864
Siege of Savannah Dec. 10 to Dec. 21
Campaign of the Carolinas January to April 1865
Battle of Bentonville March 19-21
Occupation of Goldsboro, NC, March 24
Occupation of Raleigh April 14
Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston's Army
Grand Review Washington, D.C.. May 24
Duty on the plains until September 1
Mustered out Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Sept. 16, 1865
Friday, February 8, 2019
These are the dates of when the Woodstock men in Company A of the 15th Illinois were discharged for disability. Were they disabled by disease or wounded in battle, leading to their discharge.?
September 20, 1861 1 man
May 20, 1862 3 men
September 26, 1862 1 man
October 18, 1862 1 man
October 25, 1862 1 man
November 15, 1862 1 man
November 20, 1862 1 man
March 27, 1863 1 man
One man died of wounds on April 19, 1862.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Continuing with men from Woodstock. Muster in date and rank are May 24, 1861, and private unless otherwise noted.
DANIEL B. SANBORN-- Recruit March 31, 1864 Transfer to Co. E, Veteran Battalion
WILLIAM H. SHERMAN-- Sergeant 2nd Lieut. promoted October 21, 1862, 1st Lieut. December 23, 1862. Mustered out at consolidation.
FREDERICK W. SMITH-- Corporal, Promoted to 2nd Lieut. February 15, 1862, Promoted 1st Lieut. October 21, 1862, Promoted to Captain December 19, 1862. Mustered out at consolidation.
ROBERT C. ST. CLAIR-- Reenlisted as Veteran
WILLIAM W. WILLS-- Discharged October 25, disability
JAMES WYLIE-- Recruit Transferred to Co. E veteran Battalion
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Continuing with the list of this company, but only writing down the names of ones whose residences were listed as from Woodstock where the McHenry County Civil War Round Table meets at the library.
Again, muster in date is May 24, 1861, unless otherwise noted. All mustered in as privates unless otherwise noted.
DANIEL C. JOSLYN-- 1st Lieut. Resigned October 16, 1861.
LOUIS D. KELLY-- Captain Resigned October 21, 1862
ALEXANDER M. KENT-- Corporal. Mustered out May 24, 1864
REUBEN MILLER-- Mustered out May 24, 1864
WASHINGTON NEWMAN-- Mustered out May 24, 1864
ISAAC C. PERKINS-- Mustered out May 24, 1864
CHARLES D. RAMSEY-- Reenlisted as Veteran January 1, 1864
CHARLES ROSS-- Discharged September 26, 1862, disability
JACOB SAMLER-- Mustered out May 24, 1864