Twentieth Illinois Reunion in 1911

Published in Kendall County Record, June 21, 1911

May 11, 1861, eighty men left Newark to become soldiers. They had neither arms nor uniforms but had been drilled for nearly a month in the schoolyard by Lieutenants Watson and McKean. They were taken as far as Lisbon in wagons. From Lisbon they walked to Morris. At Morris, they took a train for Joliet and there went into camp with others from different counties to form a regiment.

The Kendall County squad lacked just a few men of having the minimum number required for a company but expected recruits from Kendall County. In a few days they got enough to make the company number above one hundred men. The first to arrive was Andrew Brown. He had signed the muster roll at Newark and intended to go with the company. His mother offered very strenuous objections. She thought the army was not the place for a boy of 17 years of age. When the morning came to start, Andrew found his clothes had been gathered up during the night and put away and he was obliged to stay in bed all day. The next day was Sunday. When the cows were milked and the other chores done, Andrew slipped away barefooted across the fields and in six hours was in Camp Goodell, a mile east of Joliet.

Lieutenant Watson ordered the company out. Ranks were formed and three cheers were given for the boy that was left behind. Some days later DeWitt Wilson also came in on foot from Kendall County. He was in a field working. He unhitched, left his team tied to a fence and started right off for Joliet.

The 20th Illinois regiment was here organized and the men from Kendall County became "K" Company. Twelve of this company who camped together fifty years ago met again at Joliet last week at the state encampment of the G. A. R. Their names follow: Emerson Barrow, Andrew Brown, shot twice at Raymond and captured by the enemy, also slightly wounded at Britton's Lane; Samuel Hagerman, who was shot through the shoulder at Raymond and had a finger shot off near Atlanta; Edwin Howes, wounded and captured at Britton's Lane; James Jennings, shot through shoulder at Britton's Lane; John Leach, Benjamin Olin, Warren Rockwood, Richard Springer, shot near Atlanta; Samuel Trenter, shot at Britton's Lane; Alonzo White, and DeWitt Wilson, shot at Britton's Lane.

Besides these there was also present James Springer, who enlisted in August 1862, as a recruit for the company, and Pease Barnard, who enlisted in February 1864.

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