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161st Illinois Infantry      
Company Unknown
Charles Allen Chatfield - 2nd Lieutenant   
Charles A. Chatfield was born in September, 1838, in Albany, New York, the son of English immigrants Stephen T. and Naomi (Wilson)Chatfield. After his father's untimely death, the rest of the family moved to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Charles, a carpenter and, after the war, a bottling company owner, married Susie Conklin, a native of northern Illinois, and that is probably why Charles enlisted in an Illinois regiment. Charles died in 1903, supposedly from complications deriving from illnesses he contracted while stationed in Mississippi. He was my paternal grandmother's father.
Contact Name:  Richard Leach
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Date Added:  5/5/2009
Company B
Noah Buck - Private   
Enlisted as a Private on 9 August 1862.
Died on 17 September 1863 at Corinth, MS.
Contact Name:  Eric Stone
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Date Added:  5/7/2010
Company B
Edward L. Chatfield - Private   
Ed's Civil War letters and 3 diarys survived the passage of time, enabling their publication in 2009. The Chatfield Story (www.chatfieldstory.com) gives Ed's account of the war while marching with Company B of the 113th Illinois. Ed mentions well over 100 boys with whom he marched, including his friend Pvt. Noah Buck and Lieut. Charles A. Chatfield--a distant cousin. Ed was one of the boys captured by CS General Nathan B. Forrest at the battle of Brices Crossroads. After 9 months imprisonment in Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, and Florence, Ed, barely able to walk, found a way to escape back to Union lines, surviving the war. In 1879, Ed, his bride, and his extended family relocated from Kankakee, Illinois, to Littleton Colorado, his ranch site and family name honored today by Chatfield State Park and Recreation Area.
Contact Name:  Terry McCarty
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Contact Homepage:  www.chatfieldstory.com
Date Added:  8/24/2011
Company B
Richard Hix Smith - Private   
Family Tree 'The Smith-Freeman Family'
Contact Name:  Sharon Freeman-Hunt
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Contact Homepage:  www.ancestory.com
Date Added:  8/2/2007
Company C
Samuel Newland - Private   
Samuel was born & raised in Abingdon, Wash. Co. VA. In 1861, his family moved north & west. First to Easton, MO, then to Quincy, Adams Co. Il, & then to Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL. He lied about his age when he enlisted saying he was 18, when he was only 16 years old. He also was a POW at Andersonville Prison. His brother in law, James Deadmore served as a Capt. for the Confederacy in VA.
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'Camp Butler- Dec the 16, 1863-Dear sister. I seat my self to rite [write] you a few lines which leaves me in good health and I hope when this reaches you it will find you enjoying the same blesing [blessing]. I am now at my regiment in Camp Butler in the 113 reg Co C Infantry. We have a good time here. We have a dance here every night and we expect to have thre [three] thousand prisoners here soon and we will have some hard gard [guard] duty to then. I stayed one week at Camp Yates but am in Camp Butler now. I have a beter [better] time now than I did in Camp Yates for we go out a hunting every day we like but I hardly think that we shall have a good tine [time] when the prisoners gets here for we will have to stand gard [guard] about one half of the time. I wish I could be at hom [home] with you for I would like to se [see] you. I like soldiering fwrs[??] rate. I received my bounty yesterday and I am a going to express 40 Dol s to you for you to use as you like. I do not have time to rite [write] but a few lines for it is geting [getting]
late so nomore at present. As soon as you get this go to the express office for I ex to send them at the same time.
As ever your brother
Samuel Newland
rite [write] soon'
Source: Samuel's letter to his sister, Mary Jane Newland during the Civil War. Samuel was later to become a prisoner at Andersonville, GA, Ray Durley is caretaker of the letter
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Note- Camp Butler [1861-1866] was major mustering-in site for Civil War. It is located east of Springfield, Sangamon Co. IL on 'Clear Lake.' The first troops arrived in Aug 1861. It has become a national burial site of both Union & Confederate soldiers. It was also a POW prison for Confederate soldiers. Camp Yates[1861] was located in Springfield, IL & was later moved to Camp Butler.
Source: IL Camps, Posts, & Prisons by Victor Hicken, IL Civil War Sketches, No. 9, published by IL State Historical Library for the Civil War Centennial Commission of IL
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Name: Samuel Newland, Residence: Jacksonville, Illinois, Enlistment Date: 05 December 1863 Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Side Served: Union, State Served: Illinois Unit Numbers: 289289, Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 05 December 1863 Enlisted in Company C. 113th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 05 December 1863 Transferred Company C. 113th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 13 June 1865
Transfered in Company C. 120th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 13 June 1865

Name: Samuel Newland, Enlistment Date: 03 November 1863,
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Side Served: Union, State Served: Illinois Unit Numbers: 298298, Service Record: POW, Enlisted as a Private on 03 November 1863 Enlisted in Company C. 12Oth Infantry Regiment Illinois on 05 December 1863
Mustered out Company C. 120th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 10 September 1865 in Memphis, TN Source: Ancestry.com, ' American Civil War Soldiers
Contact Name:  Lesley Ann Johnson Hager
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Date Added:  10/31/2005
Company D
Andrew S Harper - Private   
Died 24 Dec 1862 at Holly Springs, Mississippi
Contact Name:  Marty Craig
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Date Added:  8/15/2010
Company D
Samuel J Harper - Private   
Died 25 Feb 1863 at St. Louis, Missouri
Contact Name:  Marty Craig
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Date Added:  8/15/2010
Company F
Samuel Cory Butler - Private   
Sam joined the 113th then transferred to the 120th Illinois in 1864. Captured by Grneral Forrest at Brices Crossroads. Was at Andersonville from june 1964 until August 1965.
Contact Name:  Gordon Butler
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Date Added:  5/1/2008
Company G
Martin Ceperley - Private   
Joined on 2 October 1862, died on 23 July 1863 at Vicksburg regimental hospital of typhoid fever.
Contact Name:  William m. emslie
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Date Added:  7/20/2018
Company I
Smiley J Dawson - Unknown   
Recruit Milford Illinois Dec 9, 1863. Died, Cahawba, Ala., Sep 8, 1864, while pris. of war
Contact Name:  Charles Dawson
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Date Added:  10/1/2005
Company K
Edward Burroughs - Private   
Edward was enlisted twice in the Civil War. First was in Co E, 40th Reg., Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged because of wounds he received at Shiloh. He re-enlisted six months later with Co K, 113th Reg., Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Edwards was born in Meigs Co, Ohio. He passed away at the age of 82 years, 12 days in Jeffersonville (NW of Geff), Illinois. He is buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL. He was a cooper and wagonmaker.
Contact Name:  Tracie Donnelly
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Date Added:  6/5/2009
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