Prisoners of War from Kendall County During the Civil War

Introduction by Elmer Dickson

John McElroy, who was not from Kendall County, was captured by Confederate troops in 1864 and sent to Andersonville prison camp for internment. The next paragraph describes his introduction to Andersonville.

"Five hundred men moved silently toward the gates that would shut out life and hope for most of them forever. A quarter of a mile from the railroad we came into a massive palisade with great squared logs standing upright in the ground. Fires blazed up and showed us a section of these and two massive wooden gates with heavy iron hinges and bolts. They swung open as we stood there and we passed through into the space beyond. We were at Andersonville."

McElroy's description of the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia, could have come straight out of Dante's Inferno. Like Dante's characters, McElroy and his companions could not have imagined the horrors that awaited them inside Andersonville. Approximately 45,000 prisoners would enter Andersonville's gates during the fourteen months of its existence. An estimated 13,000 to 16,000 would never see freedom again. Andersonville came as close to hell on earth as man could create.

Andersonville exemplified man's inhumanity to man to such a degree it would not be forgotten, either by those who experienced it or by later generations of Americans. Today Andersonville is a National Historic Site and the site of the National Prisoner of War Museum. Andersonville continues to symbolize the prisoner of war experience, the arduous physical conditions and mental suffering, and the need to cope with almost unbearable conditions to survive.

The following is a list of the men from Kendall County who were prisoners of war. Included, when found, are their first hand experiences as prisoners of war and their obituaries. To date, 51 men from Kendall County have been identified as prisoners of the Confederates. Additional prisoners may be identified in the future.



KENDALL COUNTY MEN CAPTURED BY CONFEDERATE FORCES

Barber, James S.: Co. I, 15th IL CAV.

Bishop, William: Co. K, 127th IN INF.

Blackmer, Luke H.: Co. I, 23rd IL INF Cons.

Prisoner in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA

Luke H. Blackmer's Obituary

Boomer, Solon Smith: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Captured with John Buffham, Albert H. Cooper, Joseph Haigh and William G. Ward while out  foraging. Spent eight months in Andersonville Prison.

Solon S. Boomer's Capture
Solon S. Boomer's Obituary

Brown, Andrew: Co. K, 20th IL INF. Prisoner for two months.

Andrew Brown's Obituary

Budd, Isaac "Sebring": Co C, 1st MI CAV.

Captured and held at Lynchburg, VA, where he died Oct 16, 1864.

Buffham, John: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Captured with Albert H. Cooper, Joseph Haigh, Solon Boomer and William G. Ward while out foraging.

Burgess, William P.: Co. D 36th IL INF.

Burnside, Delmar: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Chickamauga Sep 20, 1863. Prisoner at Andersonville.

Cary, John: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Christopherson, Aven, Co F, 36th IL INF.

Aven Christopherson's Obituary

Clifford, Franklin: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta Jul 22, 1864. Prisoner for seven months and 10 days.

Cliggitt, James: Co. H, 13th IL INF.

Captured at Chickasaw Bayou, Dec 29, 1862.

Cliggitt, Michael: Co. I, 36th IL INF.

Died at Andersonville, Sep 14, 1864.

Connor, Anderson: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Held in Libby Prison for 17 days before being paroled.

Cooper, Albert H.: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Captured with John Buffam, Joseph Haigh, Solon S. Boomer and William G. Ward while out foraging.

Cox, Joseph H.: Co. F, 127th IL INF.

Coyle, James: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta, GA Jul 22, 1864. Held in Andersonville Prison until Sep 11, 1864 when he was transferred to another Confederate Prison.

James Coyle's Obituary

Dann, Jerome B.: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta Jul 22, 1864. Prisoner for several months. Escaped and was recaptured.

Jerome B. Dann's Obituary

Delancy, William H.: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Taken prisoner at the battle of Stones River. Confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA, for seven months before being exchanged.

Dewey, Herbert E.: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Chickamauga Sep 20, 1863. Spent 604 days in Andersonville, Belle Isle and Libby Prisons.

Doty, Charles W.: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Little Kenesaw Mountain, GA. Held in Andersonville Prison and at Florence, South Carolina.

Eastman, William H.: Co. F, 36th IL INF.

Died in Andersonville Prison.

Erwin, Lucian: Co. I, 27th MA INF.

Prisoner for 13 months. Held in Andersonville and Libby Prison. Buried in Little Rock Cemetery.

English, Ambrose A.: Co. A, 127th IL INF.

Farrington, George "Dallas": Co. E, 91st IL INF.

Prisoner of war in Andersonville Prison. Wounded in action.

Fox, William H.: Co. I, 15th IL CAV.

Paroled prisoner.

Fullerton, William: Co. E, 13th IL INF.

Gauer, Fredinand: Co. I, 36th IL INF.

Died in Andersonville Prison, Sep 6, 1864.

Gay, Augustus: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta, GA Jul 22 1864. Spent several months in Andersonville Prison. Transferred from Anderson to Savannah, GA. Remained there until the Union Army captured Savannah, Dec 21, 1864.

Grace, Philip: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Griswold, Albert A.: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Haddon, Lewis: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Haigh, Joseph: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Captured with John Buffham, Albert H. Cooper, Solon S. Boomer and William G. Ward while out foraging.

Hargreaves, Edward: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Edward Hargreaves' Obituary

Hassel, George: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Hatch, James Smith: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Little Kenesaw Mountain, GA. Prisoner for eight months and ten days. Held in Macon, GA; Andersonville, GA; Augusta, GA; Charleston, SC; Florence, SC; Goldsboro, NC and Wilmington, NC.

James S. Hatch's Obituary

Haymond, William: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Hiddleson, James M.: Co. K 127th IL INF.

Howard, John S.: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Died at Andersonville Prison, Nov 3, 1864.

Howard, James F." Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Died in Confederate Prison, Raleigh, NC, Feb 26, 1864.

Howes, Edwin: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured twice. Wounded and captured at Britton's Lane. Paroled on the promise not to return to the army for 90 days. Captured a second time near Atlanta, GA, Jul 22 1864. Spent eight months in Andersonville Prison. Escaped with James Jennings while being transferred by railroad to a prison camp at Florence, SC.

Edwin Howes Obituary

Hughes, William: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Prisoner at Andersonville

Iliff, John F.: Co. E, 13th IL INF.

Captured at Chickasaw Bayou, Dec 29, 1862

Jennings, James: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta, GA Jul 22 1864. Imprisoned in Andersonville Prison. Escaped from Andersonville twice recaptured each time. Escaped a third time near Wilmington, NC, while being moved by train from Andersonville to a prison stockade at Florence, SC. Remained at large until the Union Army captured Wilmington

James Jennings POW Experience

Ketchum, Justus G.: Co. K, 13th IL INF.

Captured at Madison Station, AL May 17, 1864.

Kirkpatrick, James E.: Co. I, 15th IL CAV.

Paroled prisoner.

Leach, Greenbury: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta, GA Jul 22, 1864. Died in Fortress Monroe, VA, Apr 20, 1865.

Leach, James M.: Co. D, 36th IL INF.

Died Jun 22, 1864 while a POW of wounds received at Marietta, GA.

Lloyd, Elisha E.: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Chickamauga Sep 20, 1863. Prisoner at Andersonville, GA for fourteen months.

Elisha E. Lloyd's POW Experience
Elisha E. Lloyd's Obituary

Odell, Eugene D.: Co. I, 15th IL CAV.

Paroled prisoner.

Platt, James: Co. D, 100th IL INF.

Held in Andersonville Prison

Pollard, Thomas: Co. A, 127th IL INF.

Died at Andersonville Prison, Jun 12, 1864.

Prickett, Aaron: Co. I, 15th IL CAV.

Paroled prisoner.

Seymour, Edward: Co. D, 36th IL INF.

Shepard, William H: Co. E, 91st IL INF.

Captured by General Morgan's troops at Elizabethtown Kentucky while guarding a
            railroad. Exchanged for Confederate prisoner.

Smith, Charles T.: Co. K, 127th IL INF.

Sutherland, George W.: Co. I, 13th IL INF.

Captured at Fort Steadman, VA Mar 25, 1865. Prisoner at Libby Prison.

Tallmadge, Chauncey B.: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Died at Andersonville Prison, Jan 6, 1865.

Todd, William: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Captured near Atlanta, GA Jul 22, 1864. Was held prisoner for many months.

Walker, Irwin J.: Co. E, 13th IL INF.

Ward, William G.: Co. H, 89th IL INF.

Captured with John Buffham, Albert H. Cooper, Joseph Haigh and Solon S. Boomer while out foraging.

West, Jacob Burdick: Co. E, 91st IL INF.

Captured by General Morgan's troops at Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Welt, George: Co. A, 127th IL INF.

Wheeler, Barney: Co. E, 36th IL INF.

Captured at Chickamauga Sep 20, 1863. Prisoner at Andersonville, Georgia and Danville Virginia.

Wilson, George: Co. K, 20th IL INF.

Prisoner at Andersonville. Escaped with James Coyle. Recaptured and sent to POW camp Millen. Remained there one day before executing his second escape. Recaptured and held in the municipal jail at Augusta, GA. Remained there for two days before making his third escape.





Last Modified on 2012-12-29 14:20:28-0600 CST by Elmer Dickson