Thursday, December 6, 2018
Illinois Medal of Honor Recipient John C. Black-- Part 1
JOHN CHARLES BLACK
(January 28, 1839 - August 17, 1915
Democratic U.S. Congressman and received Medal of Honor as Union Army lieutenant colonel and regimental commander at the Battle of Prairie Grove December 7, 1862.
Born Lexington, Mississippi and moved to Danville, Illinois, in 1847. His father was a minister in the Presbyterian Church. He attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and became a lawyer.
Entered Union Army on April 14, 1861, along with his brother, William P. Black. They mustered into the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment. He enlisted as a private but was made sergeant major in April 25, 1861.
Well, that answers that question.
The Black Brothers from Danville. --Old Secesh