had family members who served in the Civil War. The bloodiest of all US conflicts,
the Civil War was fought by more than 3 million soldiers and over 600,000 men,
a staggering 2% of the population died in the conflict. The war changed America
forever and many of our ancestors helped usher in those changes.
The nation saw the end of slavery and the downfall of southern planter aristocracy
and the beginning of big industry as a result of the war. The Civil War was
perhaps the most significant historical event in our nation's history.
Two of my 8 great-great grandfathers fought in the Civil War. Both from Illinois
and both fought in the Union Army.
James Hendy was a Private in the 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
He enlisted on 8 March 1864 and transferred out of the unit to return home on
29 July 1865. The 97th fought in several major battles including the Battle of Fort
Blakely Alabama from 2 April 1865 to 9 April 1865. The battle ended in a victory
for the Union and was the last combined force battle of the war.
Another great-great grandfather, Thomas Riley Gilleland was a private in the 144th
Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F. Thomas enlisted on 10 September 1864
and was transferred out on 14 July 1865. In Jan., 1865, four companies were sent
to St. Louis, where their term of service was spent. The other six companies
remaining on guard duty at Alton Civil War prison.
Whether your ancestors fought on the Union or Confederate side, it is very
interesting to research their involvement in the Civil War. Perhaps you have a war hero
in your family
I would be happy to help you with your Civil War research!