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64th Illinois Reunion Image
This photograph is of the September 18, 1914 reunion of the Yates' Sharp Shooters, 64th Illinois Regiment that was held in Princeton, Illinois.

The individuals in the photograph below are as follows: 1. S.B. Howard, 2. H.C. Igou, 3. Jas. R. Thacker, 4. D.M. Wedding, 5. E. Ary, 6. S. Hoffman, 7. S.P. Cosner, 8. J.W. Whitcomb, 9. J.C. Gaier, 10. William G. Johnson, 11. Agustus Belknap, 12. J.S. Anson, 13. Nath'l Ary, 14. Ryan Ary, 15. S.W. Laughlin, 16. Jacob B. Adams, 17. Adam Piefer, 18. E.W. Doolittle, 19. Mrs. Jno. Anson, 20. Mrs. Nath'l. Ary, 21. Mrs. Mary R. Howard, 22. Ryan Ary, 23. Miss. A. Gertrude Merrill, and 24. Miss. Helen Mercer.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Clara Whitcomb Atkins, the Great Granddaughter of J.W. Whitcomb.

 

Capt. Luther S. Ames, Company H

Luther Stearns Ames (b. c1833) enlisted as a Private in Company A from the town of Waltham, IL on September 25, 1861.  He was promoted to regimental Quartermaster Sergeant on September 25, 1861. He was promoted to regimental Quartermaster (First Lieutenant) on March 30, 1863 and again promoted to Captain of Company H on July 22, 1864.  He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.  He died in 1906.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Stafford-Ames Morse.

 

Pvt. Martin F. Broderick, Company D

Martin F. Broderick (b. c1843) enlisted as a Private in Company D from the town of Ottawa, IL on March 5, 1864.  He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

The back of the photo is marked: "Aldridge & Merriman, Chicago", along with the following notation: "Martin Broderick, Seneca Lassale Co Ill"

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by John Ertzgaard.

 

Capt. James C. Cameron, Company A

James C. Cameron (b. c1839) enlisted in Company A and was shortly thereafter commissioned a First Lieutenant on September 26, 1861. He was promoted to Captain on September 12, 1862.  He was from the town of Ottawa, IL.

He was listed present with the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry (U.S.), detached by special order from 64th Illinois and not aggregated on the March 1863 monthly returns.

On April 15, 1863, he was detailed by order of General Dodge to command the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry (U.S.) as their Colonel.

On April 17, 1863, he was killed in action at the Battle of Barton Station, Bear Creek, Alabama.

After his death, his brother, Captain Alexander Cameron, also of the 1st Alabama, requested permission to be absent from his command for 30 days to take his remains to the family burial ground at Ottawa, Illinois.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Ryan Dupree.

 

Pvt. William J. Cash, Company B

William J. Cash (b. c1842) enlisted as a Private in Company B from  Calhoun County, IL on August 5, 1862.  He was mustered out of the service on May 31, 1865.  This image shows Pvt. Cash with a M1841 "Mississippi" Rifle with fixed saber bayonet, complete with stud attachment.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army Military History Institute.

 

Cpl. Amos E. Courtright, Company F

Amos Evans Courtright enlisted as a Private in Company F from the town of Rockville, IL on December 31, 1861. Also serving in this company with him was Austin Flint (his brother-in-law), Jacob Kneadler (his brother-in-law), and Samuel Franklin "Frank" Courtright (his older brother). He reenlisted as a veteran on December 31, 1863. At some point he was promoted Corporal.  He was mustered out with his company on July 11, 1865.  In this photo, Frank Courtright is on the left and Amos Courtright is on the right. Their sisters are L to R: Abiah Ann Beedy, Mary Jane Kneadler (married to Pvt. Jacob Kneadler) and Alice Martha. Read more about the Flint and Courtright families here.

Images courtesy of Cathy Clare.

 

Pvt. Samuel Franklin "Frank" Courtright, Company F

Samuel Franklin "Frank" Courtright (b. July 23, 1837) enlisted as a Private in Company F from the town of Rockville, IL on February 15, 1864. Also serving in this company with him was Austin Flint (his brother-in-law), Jacob Kneadler (his brother-in-law), and Amos E. Courtright (his younger brother). He was absent, with leave, at mustering out of regiment. He died on December 13, 1921 and is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana near his brother-in-law, Austin Veeder Flint. Read more about the Flint and Courtright families here.

Images courtesy of Cathy Clare.

 

Pvt. Joseph Dir, Company D

Joseph Dir (b. c1843) enlisted as a Private in Company D from the town of Mendota, IL on February 10, 1864.  He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by John Ertzgaard.

 

Pvt. Whitmore Doolittle, Company B

Whitmore Doolittle (b. c1824) is 3rd from the left in the photo.

"My g-g-g-grandfather's name was Whitemore Doolittle. He enlisted as a Private in Company B from the town of Princeton, IL on February 21, 1864. I know he served under General Fuller who he speaks of in his letters. My g-g-g-grandfather served as a nurse in the field hospitals. In his letters he speaks of the horrors he saw, and of the dying and wounded. In some letters he gives death counts. His son, Edwin, was enlisted in the same regiment. My g-g-g-grandfather talks about his constant worry for him, he says that with every battle he expects to hear that his son has been shot. They both survived the war." He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Lara Russell.

 

Pvt. William E. Ferguson, Company A

William E. Ferguson (b. c1842) enlisted as a Private in Company A from the town of Quincy, IL on February 17, 1862. He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

Image courtesy of Michael Cunningham, Ph.D.

 

Pvt. Austin Veeder Flint, Company F

Austin Veeder Flint (b. February 1, 1835) enlisted as a Private in Company F from the town of Rockville, IL on August 23, 1862. According to family history, he served as a musician and stretcher bearer in the company. Also serving in this company with him was Samuel Franklin "Frank" Courtright (his brother-in-law), Jacob Kneadler (his brother-in-law), and Amos E. Courtright (his brother-in-law's brother). He was mustered out with his company on May 31, 1865. He died on May 25, 1905 and is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana near his brother-in-law, Samuel Franklin "Frank" Courtright.  Read more about the Flint and Courtright families here.

Images courtesy of Cathy Clare.

 

Pvt. William O. Hixson, Company B

William Oscar Hixson (listed on the official roster as Oscar Hixon) (b. c1836) enlisted as a Private in Company B from the town of Yorktown, IL on December 14, 1861. He was listed as being 25 years of age, 5' 10" with black hair, dark eyes and dark complexion. William was married at the time. He was born in Warren County, Ohio in 1836 and later died in Blanchard, Iowa in 1917 where he is now buried. He was discharged for a disability on October 21, 1862.

His wife was a cousin of Charles A. Lane, also of Company B.

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Tom Hickson.

 

Mus. George W. Kellogg, Company A

George W. Kellogg (b. c1833) enlisted as a Private in Company A from the town of Freedom, IL on September 25, 1861 and was promoted Musician. He was transferred to the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry on July 7, 1863 where he eventually rose to the rank of First Lieutenant.

Image courtesy of the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry, Company C, USV.

 

1st Lt. Ward Knickerbocker, Company F

Ward Knickerbocker (b. c1834) enlisted as a Private in Company F from the town of New Lennox, IL on October 22, 1861 and was immediately promoted regimental Commissary Sergeant. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and transferred back to Company F on September 2, 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on August 14, 1863. He commanded the Company from November 24, 1863 until November 1, 1864 after Joseph Reynolds was promoted Major.  He was mustered out of the service on December 30, 1864. He died on December 18, 1900. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.

Image courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

 

Pvt. Charles A. Lane, Company B

Charles A. Lane (b. c1843) enlisted as a Private in Company B from the town of Princeton, IL on September 28, 1862. He was mustered out of the service on October 31, 1864.

He was a cousin of Mrs. William Oscar Hixson, also of Company B.

Charles A. Lane is buried at the Leon Methodist Cemetery, Leon, Illinois (just south of Prophetstown).

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Tom Hickson.

 

Sgt. James N. Lukins, Company A

James N. Lukins (spelled Lukens on the official roster) (b. c1839) enlisted as a Private in Company A from the town of Ophir, IL on September 25, 1861 and was promoted Sergeant.  He was transferred to the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry on May 22, 1864 where he eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was mustered out on November 20, 1865.

Image courtesy of the 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry, Company C, USV.

 

Capt. Edwin H. Moore, Company E

Edwin H. Moore (b. c1840) was commissioned the Second Lieutenant of Company E from the town of Shirley, IL on December 31, 1861. He was promoted First Lieutenant on October 4, 1862 and Captain on February 19, 1864.  He was mustered out with his company on July 11, 1865.

Image courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

 

Col. John Morrill, Field and Staff

John Morrill (b. c1827) was commissioned the Captain of Company A from the town of Dayton, IL on September 26, 1861. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Yates' Sharp Shooters on September 12, 1862 after the death of Maj. Frederick W. Matteson, and commanded the Battalion until the unit returned to Illinois in January 1864.  With the addition of four new companies in February 1864, the unit was renamed the 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and Lieutenant Colonel Morrill was promoted Colonel.  He commanded the regiment until July 22, 1864, when he was severely wounded.  He was brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers on March 13, 1865 and mustered out of the service on July 3, 1865.

First Image courtesy of the Generals of the American Civil War Website.
Second Image courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

 

Pvt. Anson Little Musson, Company D

Anson L. Musson (b. c1846) enlisted as a Private in Company D from the town of Colchester, IL on February 18, 1864. He kept a diary of his experiences from January 1, 1865 until he was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

This is an early picture of Anson and Mary Musson, probably a wedding picture, about 1868 or 1869.

This picture was probably taken on occasion of Anson and Mary Musson's 60th wedding anniversary. Front row: Anson and Mary Musson. Back row: Florence Musson Cell, Edward Francis Musson, Jetta Musson Hurst.

Images courtesy of Robert F. and Richard H. Cell.

 

Pvt. Augustus Phillips, Company H

Augustus Phillips (b. 1846) enlisted as a Private in Company H from the town of Elkhart, IL on February 11, 1864. He was mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

My great-grandfather, Augustus "Gus" Phillips, b. February 14, 1847, Logan County, IL was the son of Willis H. and Matilda Phillips. He died August 23, 1917, Lake Fork, Logan Co., IL and was buried in Section B of the Carlyle Cemetery, Logan Co., IL. After the Civil War he laid rails for the Illinois Central Railroad. He became a farmer after he married July 17, 1871, Logan. The photo, above, was taken about 1910 and is of Gus, his wife, and children.

Back row: Jessie E. Phillips; Lee Elizabeth "Doll" Phillips; James Lee Phillips; Lucy Phillips, Bert Phillips

Front row: Joseph Phillips; Hester Ann (Munyon) Phillips; August Phillips; Mary Phillips

Image courtesy of the Illinois in the Civil War Project. Originally submitted by Lois E. (Thomas) Branch.

 

Lt. Col. Joseph S. Reynolds, Field and Staff

Joseph Smith Reynolds (b. c1835) was commissioned the Second Lieutenant of Company F from the town of New Lenox, IL on December 31, 1861. He was promoted First Lieutenant on November 30, 1862 and Captain on November 24, 1863 both of Company F. He was promoted Major of the 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on November 1, 1864. He was afterwards promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on May 8, 1865. Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds commanded the regiment from November 12, 1864 until the regiment was mustered out. He was brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers on July 11, 1865 and mustered out of the service on July 11, 1865.

First Image courtesy of the Generals of the American Civil War Website.
Second Image courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

 

Sgt. John Ryan, Company C

John Ryan (b. c1844) enlisted as a Private in Company C from Chicago, IL on January 1, 1862. He reenlisted as a veteran on February 11, 1864.  At some point he was promoted to Sergeant in the same company. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the same company on July 11, 1865. He was mustered out of the service as a Sergeant on July 11, 1865. He might have been a prisoner at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.  This image was obtained from the Carlisle Barracks archives.

According to family history, John was Irish born in County Tipperary in the year 1843, emigrating to the US about 1845 with his parents. He was working in the Springfield area when the war came on and he enlisted at the age of 16. He served throughout the war and was with the regiment through most of their campaigns. The family history passed down says that after Kennesaw Mountain, John was leading a patrol on the southern end of the Atlanta area when they were taken by the Confederates. He was placed in the Andersonville camp, according to the oldsters, a placement that affected him to a degree for the rest of his life. The family has been unable to definitively verify his attendance there from the lists, but have seen possible matches.

After the war John returned to Springfield, worked in railroad construction, and married Lucinda Laswell, the daughter of a family he had boarded. She was a widow with one child whose father had died almost immediately after the marriage and had not lived long enough to see.

The second photo is of John in his later years. John lived on until April 1914, when he died in Payne, OH where he had relocated. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Champlain, Illinois. Some of his descendants still reside in the Champaign area today.

You can find more on John's family history at http://gen.texsteve.com/.  The site is maintained by Steve Bemrich, the great-great grandson of John Ryan through his daughter Catherine.

Image courtesy of Steve Bemrich.

 

Surgeon (Maj.) James T. Stewart, Field and Staff

James T. Stewart, from Peoria, IL, joined the regiment as their Surgeon and was commissioned a Major on December 1, 1861.  He was discharged due to disability on December 22, 1864.

Image courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

 

Pvt. George Wright, Company B

George Wright (b. c1842) enlisted as a Private in Company B from the town of Princeton, IL on August 6, 1862. He was mustered out of the service on May 31, 1865. He might have been a prisoner at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

Image courtesy of Michael Cunningham, Ph.D.

Do you have an image or artifact from the original 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry that you would be willing to share with others?  If so, e-mail the webmaster and we would be honored to put it on our site. We would of course give you credit for your role in helping to preserve the memory of those men who fought with the 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.


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