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Lieutenant Colonel, through the battles of Port Donelson and ShiloL.


At Shilohjlie received a very severe wound from a schrapnel. He was
wounded in the hand arid leg. The wound in his hand was a very
painful one. He was unfitted for the service by it, for several months.
At the battle of Corinth, on the 3d and 4th of October, he had not yet
been able to join his Regiment. He joined it soon afterward, although
still suffering much from the pain caused by his wound.

During the Fall of 1862 and Winter of 1863, he was much of the
time in command of the Regiment, Col. Mersy being called to the
command of the Brigade. In March, 1863 ; he made application to
have the Regiment mounted for scouting purposes. The Regiment
was .mounted O T I the 20th of March, 1863. During the year that the
Regiment has been mounted, he has led it through 23 battles and

He has frequently been placed in command of a Brigade of mounted
forces, and in one or two instances, of a Division. He had command
of two Brigades of Cavalry and Mounted Infantry, with which he made
A raid in August, 1863/to Grenada, Mississippi. It was one of the
most successful raids of the war. From $8,000,000. to 10,000,000
worth of public property was destroyed; 2,000 negroes, and a, large
number of horses and mules were brought in. But little was said
about it at the time. Many a less brilliant raid has brought forth
a star.

He was in command of the post at Athens, Alabama, for two or three
months during the past Winter. He has lately been assigned to the
command of all the mounted forces at Decatur, Alabama. There is a
great amount of dash and daring about the Colonel, and yet he always
manages to get his boys out of any place, into which he leads them.


Was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 26th, 1833. Emigrated
to the United States, and landed in New York, in June, 1849. He
was, by occupation, a laborer. Hired with a farmer near Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania,' during the first summer. He removed to East Tennessee,
where he spent three years, part of the time in a glass factory in Knox-
ville, and part of the time boating on the Tennessee River. He moved
to Alton, Illinois, in 1854. Was engaged for a time in the lumber
business, and afterwards in a banking house. He had served for about
six years in the State Militia, and entered the service of the United
States, on the call for volunteers for three months. He enlisted with
his company of "Alton Jagers," as their Captain, April 19th, 1861,
and was attached to the 9th Illinois Infantry. He re-enlisted at tha



expiration of three months, for three years. Served, for sometii
Provost Marshal of Paducah, Kentucky. He received his commission
as Major of the 9fch Illinois Infantry, December 2d, 1861. He was
detailed during some months in the Summer and Fall of 1863, in
charge of convalescent camp in Memphis, Tennessee. Rejoined the
Regiment at Athens, Alabama, November 21st, 1863. At present
writing, he has command of his Regiment, Lieut. Col. Phillips being
assigned to the command of the mounted forces at Decatur, Alabama.


Was born in the' city of Schleswig, Dutchdom Schleswig, on the 29th
of November, 1828. 'After finishing his school education, he com-
menced, the study of -Chemistry in particular, but with it the other
branches of the medical science. While quietly pursuing his studies,
the sound of the drum rang through the land, calling all able-bodied
citizens into the field to fight for the independence of the Dutchdoms
from the Kingdom of Denmark. This call was in March, 1848. The
Doctor was then in his 20th year. Obeying his country's call, he en-
listed to do battle for liberty. He enlisted as a private. He was
afterwards engaged as an Assistant in the Medical Department. He
was connected with the army in these capacities until 1851. He emi-
grated to America in 1853. He re-commenced his Medical studies, and
graduated in the St. Louis MedicaJ College, in 1859. He commenced
the practice of medicine during the same year, 'in Alton, Madison
County, Illinois. When the Rebellion broke out, and there was a call
for men to defend the government of his adoption, he offered himself
for that purpose. He enlisted, in the three months' service, as a private,
in Company K, 9th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, on the 26th day of
April, 1861. He re-enlisted, at the expiration of three months, for
three years, July 26th, 1861, and was promoted to the position of
Assistant Surgeon of the 9th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. On the 28th
of April, 1862, he was again promoted to the position of Surgeon. He
has served in that position ever since. He has been almost constantly
with his Regiment. He was on detached duty in the Hospital at Pa-
ducah, Kentucky, during the months of September and October, 1863.


Was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, March 27th, 1828. He
was raised on a farm. Was educated at Crawfordsville, Indiana. He



moved to Illinois in 1849, and graduated at Rush Medical College,
Chicago, Illinois, in the Spring of 1852. From that time, up to the
Summer of 1861, he was engaged in the practice of Medicine. Was
living in Aledo, the county-seat of Mercer County, Illinois, and engaged
in the duties of his profession, at the time of his enlisting in the service
of his country. He recruited a large portion of a Company in Mercer
County. Was mustered into the service of the United States, as 1st
Lieutenant Company E, 9th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, August
<3th, 1861. Served in that capacity until May 12th, 18H2. During
the time he served as a line officer, he passed through the terrible
struggles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh. He was slightly wounded at
Shiloh, in the left shoulder, by a spent ball. He was assigned to the
Medical Department of the Regiment, in the capacity of Assistant Sur-
geon, on the 12th of May, 1862. Continued with the Regiment in
this capacity, until the las^of December, 1863, when he was aSlgned
to duty in Pulaski, Tennessee. During the past Winter, he has had
charge of the U. S. General Hospital of tho left wing, 16th Army
Corpse, at Pulaski, Tennessee. He has under his charge there, about
an average of two hundred patients, including a Small-Pox ward of
from ten to fifteen patients.


Was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, March 5th, 1830. Read Medi-
cine with Dr. Haskall, Hillboro, Montgomery County, Illinois, 1850,
1851 and 1852. He graduated at St. Louis Medical College, in 1856,
and commenced the practice of Medicine in Greenville, Bond County,
Illinois, during the same year. Was engaged in pursuing his practice
at that place, until January, 1863. He received a commission as 2d
Assistant Surgeon in the 9th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and entered
upon his duties as such, January 16th, 1863. He was detailed, for
some time, to take charge of the Medical Department of the Contra-
bands at LaG range, and afterwards at Corinth. Has been constantly
with his Regiment since the 1st of September, 1863, having been
relieved from his duties iii Corinth at that time.


Was born in Manheim, Herkimer County, New York, November
27th, 1835. Received a common school education. Removed to Illi-
nois in 1854. Was engaged in teaching public school in Madison



County, Illinois, when he enlisted. Enlisted in the 9th Illinois Infan-
try, Company F, and was mustered in as a private, July 28th, 1861.
Was detailed as Clerk in tne Adjutant's office, from September 1861.
Was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant January 31st, 1862,
to rank from October 3d, 1861. Has been with the Regiment through
most of its battles. Was wounded at Shiloh and Corinth. Is still
acting as Adjutant for the Regiment,, and is devoted to the duties of
his office.


Was born in the Dukedom of Saxony, Altenburg, in the year 1836.
He was trained for the profession of Architect. He emigrated to the
United States in 1855. After his arrival in this country, he was en-
gagea principally in working upon Railroads and Saw Mills, previous
to his entering the service of his adopted country. He enlisted in the
" Three months' service," as a private in the 10th Regiment Illinois
Volunteer Infantry. He re-enlisted, for three years, as a private in the
9th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company K. He was afterwards
promoted to the position of a Sergeant. In December, 1861, he was
appointed Commissary Sergeant. He was commissioned as 1st Lieu-
tenant and Regimental Quartermaster ^October 4th, 1863. He continues
to occupy this position at the present time. Lieutenant Spatee was not
in the military service in the old country.


Was born in Adams County, Ohio, June 2d, 1821. He was trained
as a farmer, receiving a common school education. In the Spring of
1841, he commenced the study of Latin, preparatory to the ministry.
In October, 1842, he entered the Freshman class in Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio, and graduated August, 1846. He studied Theology, at
the A. R. Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Oxford, Ohio, and was
licensed to preach, by the A. R. Presbyterian Presbytery of Chillicothej
Ohio, in the Spring of 1849. He was ordained and installed Pastor
of the A. R. Presbyterian Congregation of West Fork, Adams County,
Ohio, in the Spring of 1850. Was elected Professor of Mathematics
and Natural Science in "Monmouth College," June, 1856. Resigned
the charge of his Congregation, and removed to Monmouth, Illinois,
in the Summer of 1856, and entered upon his duties as Professor,
September of the same year. He had the financial charge of ''The


Western United Presbyterian/' published in Monmouth for several
years. In Juno, 1861, he assumed the entire responsibility of that
paper, financial and editorial, and soon after united it with "The
Christian Instructor," published in Philadelphia. He continues an
Associate Editor to the above paper. In the Summer of 1861, he re-
signed his position as Professor in Monmouth College, and was engaged
as Financial Agent of the College, until July 30th, 1863, when he wa*
commissioned as "Captain of Cavalry, and Chaplain of the 9th
Illinois Volunteer Infantry." Was mustered into the service, and.
entered upon the duties of Chaplain, September 4th, 1863. Has been
with his Regiment ever since, except during January, 1864, when he-
was sent to Illinois on orders. Rejoined his Regiment February 1st, 1864.



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