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Jersey County Veterans
Veterans buried outside of Jersey County, Illinois
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Chester Bingham, born 1808 in New York, died 24 June 1864, in Memphis, TN. 1850 US Census, Hillsdale Co. Moscow Twp. Michigan, Carpenter with wife and 3 children. Chester Bingham enlisted 1 October, 1863, Jerseyville, IL. He was mustered into service 14 Oct, 1863, Co. E, 37th Infantry Regiment, (GrayBeards) Iowa. He died on duty in Memphis, TN. on 24 June, 1864. I believe his body was moved to the Memphis National Cemetery. The cemetery has the second largest group of unknowns in the National Cemeteries. Chester Bingham may be one of the unknowns. He is the father of Ransom G. Bingham of Jersey County, who served with Co. D, 61 IL. Infantry. – From Wayne Ricketts
Henry CAREY from Grafton, served in WWI in France. He died at his home in Grafton on 17 October 1951, buried in the Veterans part of the Alton City Cemetery, Alton, Illinois. Submitted by Carol Walsh.
Balfour COWEN, enlisted on August 13, 1862, in Company G, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Infantry, and was honored by being elected Captain of his company. He was captured December 20, 1862, at Trenton, Tennessee, by Forest’s command in a raid on the Ohio & Mobile Railroad. He was marched under guard one week and was then paroled and sent North, where he was exchanged in the spring of 1863. Our gallant Captain then joined his company at Salisbury, Tennessee, and was with his regiment in all its subsequent campaigns and battles until peace was declared. He did good service at the battle of Tupelo, inspired his company to do brave deeds at Nashville, Tennessee, and again gave proof of his excellent soldierly qualities and worth as a leader before Ft. Blakely, Alabama. He was honorably discharged with his regiment at Mobile, Alabama, July 15, 1865 but mustered out at Springfield, Illinois on August 9, 1865. Balfour Cowen biography.
Llewellyn COWEN, 1828 to 1881, enlisted March 8, 1862, in Company D, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, and was promoted to the First Lieutenancy, and then to Captain of his company. He served with honor with his regiment until the close of the war. He died on April 29, 1881 at Virden, Illinois.
Norrenden COWEN, Sr., 1829 to 1872, enlisted in August, 1861, in Company L, Third Illinois Cavalry. He was soon commissioned First Lieutenant of his company, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain. In the winter of 1861 – 1862 he was Judge Advocate of a court martial of the Department of Missouri. He was wounded in a skirmish, and on that account was obliged to resign his commission in May, 1861. He died on October 12, 1872 at Carlyle, Clinton County, Illinois.
Cowen brothers information submitted by Joe W. Cowing.
John H. CYTER was born in Jerseyville in 1847 to Phillip J. and Margaret (Minard) Cyter. He “enlisted under the name of John H. Cyter at Carrollton, Illinois on the 7th day of November, 1861 (making him only 14 or 15 at the time) in Company C in the Sixty-first Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion.” This company saw action at Pittsbury Landing (Shiloh) and Vicksburg among others. On September 2, 1863 John died at DuVall’s Bluff, Arkansas “from the effects of Congestive Chill incurred at DuVall’s Bluff on the 1st day of September, 1863.” He was buried in a hospital or post cemetery at DuVall’s Bluff. “Remainsof soldiers buried in these cemeteries were later disinterred and reinterred in the Little Rock National Cemetery. A large number of these soldiers could not be identified at the time of their of their reinterment and their graves were marked as “unknown”.” John would have been 16 or 17 at the time of his death and is evidently buried with the unknown. Submitted by Jerome and Joyce Sagez.
 photocopies of Military Records, National Archives, Washington DC
 March 11, 1977 letter from Veterans Administration submitted by Joyce Easley Sagez, great-great niece
As a side note I am including an interesting section from the “History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois” (1885) concerning the 61 Illinois Infantry. Very sad that so many young men who made it through battles died from the rigors of the marches. “On the 13th of August  the regiment was assigned to the column of Major General Steele, destined for the capture of Little Rock …. It may not be generally known that this Arkansas expedition of Gen. Steele’s was one of the most destructive of life of any campaign of equal duration during the war. Steele started with 1,200 men and received reinforcements of at least three brigades, making at least 15,000 effective men. Of this force, 100 would cover all his loss in killed and wounded, and yet, by the time he had possession of Little Rock [September 10, 1863], and was fairly settled down to his gambling and horse-racing, he had barely 5,100 effective men. Of Gen. Steele, the writer has the best authority for saying that he had no sympathy in common with the Union soldier, save his opposition to the abstract idea of secession.”
Linley HILLS was born 28 February 1908 in Jersey County and served in Africa during WWII. He died on 27 February 1965 and is buried in Corunna, Michigan. Submitted by Judy Griffin, niece of Linley Hills.
Lawrence Bernard KALLAL, 1920-1943, served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII. He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France. He was killed in action during a bombing raid and his marker is placed at this cemetery in Europe. Submitted by Rich Kallal, nephew of Lawrence Kallal. Note: I have a listing for a Staff Sergeant with this name who died on the 1st October 1943. He had twice been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with the 44th Bomb Group. As he had enlisted from Illinois and it is suchan unusual name, he could well be the graduate you have listed as a 1937 graduate. This is sent in the hope that it expands the information you have on him. Robert Markham, [email protected], December 2003.
John T. McCANN, born in 1934 and raised in Grafton, he enlisted in the Army in 1948. He was killed in Germany in 1950 in a motorcycle accident. He is buried in the veterans part of the Alton City cemetery. Submitted Carol Walsh, friend and neighbor.
Jonathan McGee served in Co “B” 154th Illinois Voluntary Infantry, enlisting 16 Feb 1865, Jacksonville; mustered out 15 Sep 1865. While at Nashville, Tennessee, he and a number of other soldiers was poisoned “by arsenic mixed into bread by a rebel woman – six of the Regiment were poisoned, two died and the other four never recovered. I have suffered from time of discharge to present time from the poisoning.” This statement is dated 16th September 1891. Jonathan was born in 1844 “the year of the high water” in Northumberland Co, PA. He married Elizabeth ?? and lived in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, Illinois “since the war”, stated on 5 June 1912. He died 10 Jul 1921 in Quincy, Illinois. His widow, Elizabeth, filed for his pension. There is no mention of children. Record from the National Archives. Submitted by Shari from Nebraska, [email protected]
John Arthur McGee served with Co “C”, 124th Regular Illiniois Volunteers, from 1 Mar 1864 to 24 Nov 1865. He lived in Illinois until 1882 when he moved to Ottawa Co, Kansas. He married Louise A. Marshaw on 25 Oct 1871 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had 7 children. John died of gallstones in Salina Kansas, 1 August 1924. While in the army his “hearing was impaired from cannonading” and he contracted typhoid fever at Vicksburg, Mississippi, resulting in chronic diarrhea. He was never a well man after the war, apparently. He is reported to have been “a verygood soldier.” Record from the National Archives. Submitted by Shari from Nebraska, [email protected]
Floyd Samuel MELDRUM served 24 years in the Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. He was buried in the Fort Sill, Oklahoma Federal Cemetery. He was a veteran of two tours in Vietnam. Formerly of Greene County, born June 3, 1935, the son of Floyd S. and Helen Hartmann Meldrum. The family moved to Jersey County and resided there for a number of years. In addition to overseas duty in Germany and Korea, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of the following medals: Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, two overseas bars, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Qualification Badge Rifle M-16, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. He retired from the Army on November 22, 1976. He was buried with full military honors at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, and three children: Marion (Jim) Mooneyham, Michael (April) Meldrum, and Patrick (Heather) Meldrum.
William Chappel MILFORD, born 1836 in Devon, England, came to America in 1840 with his parents William and Elizabeth Milford and immediately settled in Jersey County Illinois. He married Margaret A Minard in 1859. The pension application of Margaret A. Milford, for Pension No. 43957, shows that William C. Milford enlisted on August 8, 1862 on the muster roll of Co B, 13th Regiment of United States Infantry, 1st Battalion. He died of dysentery on the “floating hospital,” Nashville at Young’s Point, Lousiana on May 20,1863. He was a Private. Submitted by Susan Milford, [email protected]
Raymond J. SPRINGMAN was born 22 October 1918 at home on the family farm in Piasa Township, Jersey County, Illinois, the son of Frank and Carrie (ADAMS) Springman. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps (1942 to 1946) during World War II, he returned to Piasa Township where he lived and farmed until his death on April 22, 1987 in Macoupin County. On July 18, 1942, he married the former Amelia POHLMAN of Brussels, Illinois, and she died December 16, 1984 in Jersey County. He is survived by two children, Nancy Rae Raymond and James Raymond Springman. He is buried in the Brighton City Cemetery. Submitted by Nancy Raymond, daughter, Bunker Hill, IL.
Benjamin W. SPRY died April 2, 1864 in a Brigade Hospital in Rossville, GA and is buried at Chattanooga, Tennesse National Military Cemetery.
Hugh YOURD, Sgt. Company C, 61st IL Inf., buried Boone County, AR, Davidson Cemetery, federal military marker. Civil War records on the Internet spell it Hugh YUARD from Jersey County, IL. Enlisted 11 November 1861 10th Regiment, IL Vol Inf under Captain Ihre; Mustered in 3 February 1862 Mustered out 7 February 1865; Detached duty Pioneer Corps, 2nd Divison, 7th AC Department of Arkansas, 1863-1864. Went west to engage in agriculture, was in IL when the Civil War began. Born 31 January 1835 Penn Township, Allegheny County, PA to Archibald and Mary (WOODS) YOURD. Died 12-14 April 1912 Boone County, AR. No known children. Married Hannah WOODS(s) 15 December 1887 Boone Co AR. Submitted by Sherry Woods Kaseberg, Wasco, OR
Edward Joseph WALSH, born in 1920 and died in 1954. From Grafton, he was a WWII vet from the Navy and the Army. Buried in the military part of National or City cemetery, Alton, Illinois on Pearl St. Submitted by Carol Walsh.
James M. WALSH, born November 27, 1927 and died on March 1,2002. He servedin the US Army from 1945 to 1947 in Japan and is buried in Woodburn cemetery in Macoupin County. Submitted by Carol Walsh.