ID’D HARDTACK - 7TH ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS

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Piece of Civil War hardtack is inscribed in ink with three lines. Top line is soldier’s name, which is illegible. Lower two lines read, “CO. H. 7 ILL V.”

Hardtack has cracked at the top and the reverse side is crumbling, therefore is wrapped in plastic to prevent further damage. Measures 3” x 3”.

The 7th Illinois Infantry was formed for three months' service. Officers were Col. John Cook; Lieut.-Col. Wilford D. Wyatt and Maj. Nicholas Greusel. A number of regiments raised in response to the president's first call for volunteers claimed to be the first ready for the field, but the honor of being the first was finally accorded to Col. Cook, and his regiment became the 7th. Co. A was recruited in the vicinity of Elgin; B at Mattoon, C at Aurora, D at Litchfield, E at Atlanta, F at Bunker Hill, G and I at Springfield, H at Lincoln, and K at Carlinville.  The regiment was mustered in at Camp Yates, Springfield April 25, 1861, for three months.  Its term of service was spent about Alton, St. Louis, Cairo and Mound City, and it was mustered out on July 25, 1861.   [sl]

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