Jefferson County



Mt. Vernon, IL Register-News - Friday, May 29, 1931


A Patriotic People and Many Have Served Nation With Honor and Glory, 
Many Dying For Their Country.  Soldiers of All Wars Are Buried in This County.

Jefferson County has been directly connected with all wars in which 
the nation has engaged, beginning with the Black Hawk War of 1831 and 
down to and including the World War of 1917-1918.  The county may justly 
claim indirect connection with the Revolutionary War or War of Independence, 
beginning in 1776, and continuing practically eight years, and with the 
War of 1812 because of the fact that soldiers of both wars are buried in 
Jefferson County.

Data compiled by authority of the State of Illinois, and from other 
sources, show that seven soldiers of the Revolutionary War are buried 
in Pleasant Grove, one at Old Union, and one at Pace Cemetery, in this 
county as follows:

Pleasant Grove:  Thomas BADGETT, Asa BATEMAN, B. N. MAXEY, Joseph McMEEN, 
Nathaniel PARKER, Lloyd WARD, and Peter OWEN.

Some of these men served in other wars also:
Old Union:  William TONG
Pace:  Joel PACE  (Joel Pace D.A.R. was named in honor of him)

Many sleep in South Hickory Hill.

A large number who served in the War of 1812 are buried in 
Jefferson County Cemeteries.

It is believed almost every cemetery in the county has the honor of shielding 
the remains of a soldier or soldiers from one or more wars.  Soldiers of five 
wars are buried at Hickory Hill in McClellan Township.

So far as known no complete list has been compiled of the burial places of all 
dead soldiers of the Jefferson County, but the incomplete list embraces hundreds 
of names.

Civil War Veterans Fast Passing - The veterans of the Civil War, all of whom 
have attained a ripe old age far exceeding the Psalmists three score and ten 
are rapidly passing from the scenes of earth, and in a few years taps will sound 
for the last veteran of that great conflict.  Seven of the veterans credited to 
Mt. Vernon died within the year covered by May 30, 1930 to May 30, 1931, and 
others died in various parts of the county within the same period.

When the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club entertained the old veterans in May of last year, 
twelve were present; seven responded to the invitation Tuesday, and were guests 
of the club at a special program in their honor.

The following is thought to be a complete list of surviving Civil War soldiers 
in Jefferson County, although it is possible the list may not be quite complete:

Mt. Vernon:  Captain F. L. FERGUSON, Sylvanus FOSTER, E. M. WALKER, James M. MILES, 
George LIBBY, R. R. #2; Robert FULLER, David H. OWEN, Abram T. SCOTT.  W. H. BEAL 
of this city is at one of the soldier's homes, and Josiah B. CROWDER, a former resident, 
left here some time ago to make his home in St. Louis.

Belle Rive:Thomas WILLIAMSON
Marlow:  Lewis JARROD
Bluford:  John NORMAN and Thomas REDBURN
Dix:  Lanson K. LAIRD
Ina:  George W. DARNELL

Thomas DODSON, a former resident of the vicinity of Woodlawn, now lives 
with a son at Irvington.

If the count is correct, and great pains have been taken to verify it, 
there are still 15 veterans living in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County in 
addition to those mentioned as formerly living in Mt. Vernon or elsewhere 
in the county.

If the names of all Jefferson County soldiers could be printed, the list 
would be a long and honorable one.

Jefferson County furnished a company for the Black Hawk War, 1831; two companies 
for the Mexican War, 1846; three for the Civil War, 1861-1865; and a large number 
who served in the Phillipine insurrection and some in the Boxer Rebellion in China, 
which followed.  The county maintained its record in the World War, furnishing 
for the various branches of the military service, men estimated at a total of 1,000.  
The county was also represented by women as nurses in the World War.

A grateful country honors itself when one day is set apart in the year to pay tribute 
to its defenders, and to lay flowers on their lowly graves.

Nothing we may say can add to the glory of the heroes who proved their valor on a 
thousand blood stained battle fields, as we join the nation in grateful acknowledgement 
of the priceless service they rendered. Their valor will be a never ending inspiration, and, 
while their names may be known to but few, the story of their deeds is emblazoned on 
history's deathless page and will live forever.

Friday, May 29, 1931 by J. Frank BOGAN, Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta


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