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Transcription of the 1863 Joliet Signal newspaper account of the casulties of the 100th Illinois, as prepared by the Sanitary Commission. (Joliet Signal, Joliet, Illinois, Vol. 21, No. 20, Page 2, Tuesday, October 27, 1863.)
Here is a Report From the 100th Regiment Ill.
The undersigned have been sent to Chattanooga by the Sanitary Commission, to look after the interests, and comfort of Union soldiers, in the army of the Cumberland, and especially of those in the 100th Regt, Ill.
I submit the following statement, to those who have friends, relations, and loved ones in the 100th. As soon as requested we hastened to the front; leaving Chicago on the 24th of September, we arrived in Chattanooga the 29th, traveling the last forty miles of our journey on foot. The battle of the 19th and 20th of September, which took place a little south of Chattanooga was certainly a very severe one, and the number of wounded was very great. But many were slight wounds, causing but little suffering comparitively, and giving hope of a speedy relief. There was, in front but a scanty supply of sanitary goods of any kind, for this reason as well, as for other considerations, an order was given to send to the rear all whose lives were not endangered by it. In ther execution of this order, we saw, what to us was a source of grief, and a matter of surprise. We cannot say who was to blame, we only state what we saw. From Chattanooga to Stevenson, it is about fifty miles, and as bad a road, as was ever used by civilized man. Ambulances and waggons were loaded with wounded men to pass over this road to Stevenson -- requiring most of three days to make the trip and yet no rations were given to these men, except a few hard crackers, of these some got four, some got two, some none. As far as we could learn, (and we took pains to find out) none of the men had anything except, what was furnished by the drivers, who in their kindness divided their rations of meat, sugar, and coffee, with their suffering fellow soldiers. When these men, were moved from Stevenson to Nashville they were sent off in the same manner, without rations, laid thickly on the floor of box cars and no candles furnished, or lights of any kind. We mention these things with the hope, that some one may read it, who will know how to correct the evil, and have furnished on such occasions or least the common soldiers rations. If the surgeons detailed for the trains did anything for the wounded in any way, either from Chattanooga to Stevenson, or from Stevenson to Nashville, we were not able to observe it. But the men were generally patient and cheerful, showing they were as brave to endure suffering, as they were to face danger. Quite a number who were able to travel had been moved to Nashville before we arrived and of these we hear of some who had been furloughed, and gone to their homes. With comparatively few exceptions all are doing well -- those of the 100th Illinois, whom we left behind are as comfortable as their wounds and surroundings would possibly admit of. We saw no one of the 100th Regt. die, and as far as were able to judge, all of our regiment may recover, if proper attendance can be given, and no accident should occure. We are unprepared to give any particulars, in regard to the death of those who were killed, or who died of their wounds.
The following is a list of the killed, wounded and missing, as correctly made up as possible.
Lt. Col. A. N. WATERMAN, flesh wound in arm; Capt. John A. BURRELL, severely; Lt. Samuel KOACH, severly; Lt. M. W. STEWART, company A, slightly in face; Lt. Anson PATTERSON, company E, severly in leg; Lt. R. F. BARTLETT, company K, slightly in head.
Col. F. A. BARTLESON, taken prisoner.
Co. A -- George STEWART, Alonso JONES, Phillip WHITE. Co. F -- Patrick SCANLAN. Co. I -- Francis P. KELLY. Co. C Theodore DORKENDOFF, Henry KARCH, Thomas PARKER, Sergt. John BEZ. Co. H -- Corpl S. M. LYON, Priv. Ahas YOUNG. Co. E -- Sergt, Milton J. SMITH, Sergt. Stephen M. SPAFFORD, Corp. Chas. P. SPENCER, Corp. Daniel LINEBARGER. Co. K -- Sergt. E. S. MINER, Priv. J. B. MOREY, Albert DEAL, Matthew BUSH, Corp. Gotleib WEDIMIRE. Co. B -- Corp. Justin STEINMETZ, Priv, John BARRETT.
Co. A -- Sergt. E. P. SMITH, severely, Corpl Elias YATES, Priv. Francis BUTLER, Peter BRODIE, Edgar C. BUSS, Peter BURKER, Wm. GUMLY, Wm. HAWLY, Thomas McQUEEN, H. W. CLARK, all severely; James PROSSLEY, James DAWLING, Leroy JEWELL, Roger BRAMDIE, all slightly. Co. F -- Sergt James GLEASON, in hand; Priv. Joe BUTLER, in thigh; Geb GRANGE, in hand; Edward FLANNERY, in hand; John MALLON, in head; John YOUNG, in arm; Geo. SIMPSON, in arm. Co. D -- Sergt. John FELLOWS, Sergt. Franklin BACKUS, and Priv. Peter PETERSON, Christopher LOOKENTARY, Roswell HARTONG, Charles AMAN, all severely; Corp. Eliea BROWN, Amasa CARTER, Geo. KINES, Joseph COUNTRYMAN, Loudon JACOBS, all slightly. John DECKER died Sept. 30th, of typhoid fever. Co. I -- Sergt. John HAYS, slightly; Priv. Jerry O. LEARY, Henry PARKENSON, William STONEROCK, George IRISH, Levi C. PRICE, all severely; John ROBSON, John MAHONY, John H. BUTLER, Sam ASPINWALL, all slightly. Co. C -- Sergt. Henry M. STARN, thigh and leg; Jos. ZELLER, in arm; Corp. Anson DODGE, concussion slight; John HAMMOND, right hip; Priv. B. S. ABBOTT, Benjamin BEVER and Albert N. CHAMBERLAIN, all severely; Martin FISHBAUGH, slightly; Gulhard FREEHOFF, in leg; Christian LONG, breast; Daniel MAST, head slight; Wm. PETERS, head slight; Louis A. BROUSER, bowels, died Sept, 29; Peter SCHMITT, bowels; W. Augustus WELSCHLIEN. Co. H -- Sergt. Chas. H. RUSSELL, hip; Wm. B. CONNOR, arm; Corp. Wm, STRUNK, foot and side, slight; Priv. John ALBRIGHT, arm; Jos. A. ALBRIGHT, leg; Isaac J. JENKS, face; Henry C. KING, through hips; Barett W. HENNINGAN, leg; Wm. C. MORSE, leg; Deratus T. MORSE, foot and leg; Geo. W. MURRAY, side and shoulder; Washington H. THOMAS, body; Wm. E. TEMPLE, severely. Co E -- Corp. Van D. PERKINS, supinsed and mortally; Corp. Andrew J. FRIES, slightly, PRIV. Giles DIXON, mortally; Jas. McCUNE, in leg; John MARPLES, Henry BRIDGE, Geo. A. FABRICK, Richard F. SMITH, Patrick McHUGH, Wm. REED, all slightly; Wm. H. BRACE, Malon W. HARRINGTON, both severely. Co. K -- Sergt. A. W. MORFORD, severely, since died; Privates Francis GREEN, M. C. SNYDER, A. J. PURINGTON, Wm. MUNDY, Orson CHURCHILL, all slightly; A. DAVIS, severely, Jos. SLOAN, leg broke. Co. G -- Corp. Chas. H. SNOAD, leg, captured; Priv. Frank ADAMS, Enoch DODGE. Decatur GOODNOW, all slightly; John C. BUTTERMAN, Wm. B. HUNT, Frank LAFAYETTE, Alexander MOAT, Jeptha PIERSON, Geo. PRICE, Wm. SHAW, Jos. W. TUCKER, all severely; Simon BARSE, arm; Lewis L. WARREN, leg. Co. B -- Sergt. Hiram H. HARTER, severely, Sergt. Lewis LINEBARGER, slightly; Corp. Henry SMITH, slightly, Wm. B. BURR, Samuel RODGERS, both severely; Charles SAMSON, mortally,; Samuel WINEHOLD, slightly.
Co. A -- Privates John HAY, Warren S. NOBLE, captured. Co. F -- Chas. H. GREEN, Priv. Phineas McLAUGHLIN, Wm. H. JACKSON, Felix DURC, Sidney S. CAMPBELL, Wm. W. CASE. Co. D -- Corp. George M. DAKE, Corp. John ROBERTS, Priv. Rufus BOLTON., Albert A. FRANK, John LYMAN. Co. I -- Wm. JONES, John AUGUSTINE, Owen EVANS, captured; Henry C. NOBLES, captured; Dennis SMITH, deserted. Co. K -- Erastus RUDD, captured. Co. G -- Sergt. Jas. J. Harley. Co. B -- Marquis D. L. DAVIS, Geo. McINTYRE, captured.
Commissioned Officers --
" Wounded, 6 "
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Enlisted men --
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Total loss to the command, 164
A list of names of well men, acting as surgeon, nurses and cooks, in the hospital on the battle-field: Henry WOODRUFF, Acting Surgeon. Oliver P. STUMP, Hospital Steward. Felix CALKINS, Co. C; G. F. SADREIN, Co. H; G. W. HILL, Co. D; W. NEWBERRY, Co. C; W. PETERS, Co. B; Wm. KING, Co. K; Geo. PICKLE, Co. E; John COTTON, Co. H; Enoch DODGE, Co. C; Erastus Rudd, Co. K; Geo. W. McINTYRE, Co. B; Eugene SLY, Co. C. These were all captured and required to report at Atlanta, Georgia Van D. PERKINS, reported by his Captain dead, but in the surgeon's report of Sept. 30th, he is mentioned as probably mortally wounded, but still alive. Of his whereabouts we know nothing.
A. W. BOWEN, H. CREWS.
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