SMALL GROUP OF ITEMS RELATED TO BATTERY B, 1ST ILLINOIS LIGHT ARTILLERY

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This battery was more commonly known as “TAYLOR’S BATTERY” and served with the Union Army in the west being engaged at Frederickton, Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, LaGrange, Holly Springs, Memphis, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Champion’s Hill, Mechanicsburg, Richmond, Resaca, Dallas and Kennesaw Mountain. In July of 1864 the battery was ordered to Springfield, Illinois where it was mustered out on July 12, 1864. During its service the battery lost 219 men.

This small paper group consist of a modern copy of an invitation to a Battery reunion in 1886 and a copy of a picture of the Battery’s flag.

Also in this group is a list of members who were present at the reunion of August 29, 1900 and a letter written by the chairman of the reunion. These two documents were printed in 1900 and mailed to members of the battery after the reunion.

Next is a typed list dated August 29, 1900 titled “NAMES OF OUR DEAD COMRADES” This list contains 90 names of men in the battery.

Next is a list typed the same day as the one mentioned above. This list gives the names of members of the battery whose addresses are not known. 44 names appear on this list.

The next document is a handwritten letter on George H. Thomas Post No. 5 stationary dated Chicago, May 31, 1917. The letter is written by Charles W. Pierce of Taylor’s Battery to a Mrs. Georgia Lapham giving the names of 14 Comrades who attended her father’s funeral.

The last item in the group is a pamphlet written on heavy stock titled “REMEMBRANCE.” When open the pamphlet has a two page poem written by Walter Sereno Whittle and read by Joseph F. Whittle at the reunion of Battery B, on August 29, 1900.

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