William POTTER
Rachel WELLS


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  • Born: 1843, Illinois 255
  • Died: 27 Nov 1863 at age 20 254
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois 128

bullet   Cause of his death was Wounds suffered in battle of Mission Ridge; Civil War.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Residence, 1850, Orion Township, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 255

Residence, 1860, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 105 living with his parents.

Occupation, 1860, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 105 where he was a farm hand.

Military Service, 11 Aug 1862, Illinois. 254 Civil War: John W. enlisted in Co. K, 103d Ill. Inf., in 1862, and had served 15 months, when he was mortally wounded at Mission Ridge, dying the next night succeeding the battle. His remains were brought home and now rest in Canton cemetery.

In the section, "Fulton County Volunteers," is found J Silvernail who must be the John W described above. He is listed among the privates in the 103d Infantry, Company "K." It says he enlisted Aug 11, 1862, and died Nov 27, 1863 from wounds. p. 382

About the 103d Infantry is reported the following on page 373.

"Was organized in August '62, and mustered in Oct. 2

"The 103d was exclusively a Fulton county regiment, having been raised entirely in this county. The regiment received Orders Oct. 30 to move to Cairo, and thence to Columbus, Jackson and Bolivar, where it was assigned, Nov. 2, to First Brigade, Fourth Division, Thirteenth Corps. The regiment was engaged in sundry marches and reconnaissances, from Jackson and Bolivar, during November and December 1862. On the 9th of November it engaged the enemy near Coldwater, Miss., driving him, killing 15 and capturing 70 prisoners. On the 28th of November went on a campaign to Tallahatchie river, where they met a strong force of the enemy and drove them from their position. On the 30th of December went into winter quarters at Jackson.

"The 103d took part in the battle of Resaca, Ga., where they sustained quite a heavy loss, and among the brave men who fell there was the gallant Col. Willard A. Dickerman, who gave up his life May 28, '64.

"The regiment was mustered out June 21, '65 at Louisville, Ky., and proceeded to Chicago, where, June 24, '65, it received final payment and discharge."

Cemetery: Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 32 in the Greenwood Cemetery.

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