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Biographical Sketches of Illinois Officers engaged in the War against the Rebellion of 1861 was published by J. Barnet of Chicago in late 1862. What makes this resource of particular interest is the fact there were so many Union officers of note from Illinois; many of those listed in this work were veterans of Shiloh and/or Corinth, including:

  • U.S. Grant                                      page 12 (with then-current explanation of Shiloh)
  • T. Lyle Dickey                                 p. 78 (cavalry officer at Shiloh and Fallen Timbers)
  • Augustus L. Chetlain                      p. 31
  • John Pope Cook                            p. 99
  • Napoleon Buford                            p. 21
  • Stephen Hurlbut                             p. 93
  • John A. Logan                                p. 96 (the other John Logan is included, too)
  • John McArthur                                p. 18
  • John A. McClernand                       p. 83
  • Richard Oglesby                             p. 104
  • John Pope                                      p. 86
  • Benjamin Prentiss                           p. 19 (Still in custody as POW at time of writing...)
  • Julius Raith                                     p. 43
  • WHL Wallace                                  p. 49
  • Joseph Webster                              p. 47 (Grant's Artillery Commander at Shiloh)
  • Thomas Ransom                            p. 33

Available at archive.com [not all listed alphabetically: scroll along scroll-bar at bottom of page to find to find all recorded officers.]

http://archive.org/stream/biographicalsket00wils#page/n9/mode/2up

 

Cheers

Ozzy 

 

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Very good read, Ozzy!

I particularly like that they added a few others of note from Shiloh:

From Veatch's Brigade, monuments at the Crossroads: (I knew these names stuck out to me for some reason, then I recalled Bjorn's Anniversary Program on Veatch's Brigade a couple years ago.)

  • Lt. Col E.F.W Ellis - 15th Illinois (Killed on the 6th) 
  • Colonel Cyrus Hall - 14th Illinois 

And of course, C. Carroll Marsh from McClernand's 2nd Brigade. 

-Paul 

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Does anyone have a picture of Col. C. Carroll Marsh? I cannot find a picture of that man anywhere. He was eventually promoted to brigadier general if that helps, though the appointment was later withdrawn. He came up through the 20th Illinois Infantry eventually becoming its colonel before eventual promotion to brigadier general. He was born in Oswego, New York but must have moved in childhood to Illinois I suppose.

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Billy

Thought I would have a go at finding that picture... and was amazed at my lack of success. First, I tried Wikipedia (and found  the bio of Charles Carroll Marsh to be incomplete.) Then I tried Google Images: and although there are CDVs of other members of the Marsh family on offer, there are none featuring C. Carroll Marsh.

http://www.findagrave.com  Next attempted "find-a-grave" and searched Cook County and Chicago for burial site. With no result, expanded the search to all of Illinois; and although found "C. Carroll Marsh, died 1908" and "Charles C. Marsh, died 1907" neither of these are Colonel C. Carroll Marsh, formerly of 20th Illinois Infantry.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov  The Library of Congress online newspaper collection at Chronicling America offers (free) access to back-issues of newspapers, that may be searched by State of publication for the information desired. Just under the heading, "Humanties: Chronicling America" is "Search pages." By entering Illinois and 1862 and 1863 and Carroll Marsh into the four boxes below "Search pages," and pressing "GO" I received the following hits:   http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/results/?state=Illinois&date1=1862&date2=1863&proxtext=Carroll+Marsh&x=14&y=16&dateFilterType=yearRange&rows=20&searchType=basic  [The entry for April 19th 1862 contains a "Listing of killed and wounded officers from Battle of Shiloh" that records Colonel C. Carroll Marsh among the "wounded," (without revealing the nature of his wound.)] But the most revealing detail of the Chronicling America search of Illinois newspapers -- out to 1917 -- lies in the fact nothing comes back "as a hit" on Colonel C. Carroll Marsh after 1864.

http://www.familysearch.org/search   Next went over to the (free) family heritage site -- Family Search -- and entered "Charles Carroll" and "Marsh" born New York 1827 to 1831; resident of Chicago Illinois 1858 to 1871: United States records -- Search -- and the following results were returned: an 1860 Chicago census (with Charles C. Marsh -- misspelled Marshe -- and wife Harriet, with three children) and a number of Alameda California voting registration documents, the last being dated 1896.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov   Returned to Chronicling America, and searched the California newspapers: in Search pages, entered California and 1891 and 1917 and Carroll Marsh into the four boxes, and pressed, "GO" ...and this came back. The San Francisco Call for Tuesday, October 4th 1904 page 14, column 3 "Died" and column 4 "Marsh, Charles C., Colonel 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, beloved husband of Harriet Cooley Marsh and father of Mrs. C.J. Mattison of Oswego New York [two other adult children also listed], passed away October 2nd 1904 in East Oakland [funeral details and "private burial" indicated.]   http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1904-10-04/ed-1/seq-14/#date1=1888&index=6&rows=20&words=Carroll+Marsh&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=California&date2=1917&proxtext=Carroll+Marsh&y=15&x=15&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1

The above information recorded to illustrate how this search may be attempted. Once it was determined that Colonel C. C. Marsh resigned in 1863 and settled in California (in or near Alameda), and died in California in 1904, the ability to uncover a "family photograph" presents, either at find-a-grave, some California library, his California workplace, or in possession of family members (possibly not published on the Internet, but likely in existence.)

Happy Hunting!

Ozzy

 

N.B.  Of course, now that "Harriet" is known to be his wife, with residence in California, and death date October 1904, a more thorough Family Search investigation may be attempted (and perhaps "place of business" or "political offices held" will return as a "hit" and allow search of those sites for photos...

Update:  although unable to find Colonel Marsh's grave (as yet) here is Harriet Cooley Marsh at find-a-grave.   http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180219283/herriett-marsh

 

 

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Update to info.
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Just a couple more useful sources... because Illinois had so many regiments of infantry, artillery and cavalry at Shiloh; many of the Federal leaders were from Illinois:

http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/search?query=Marsh&query_type=exact_match&record_types[0]=Item&page=3  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with the Search Box permitting access to persons and documents (and images) not to be found anywhere else. (Unfortunately, no image of Colonel Marsh.)

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.696.8023&rep=rep1&type=pdf  Bibliography of Illinois Regiments.  Updated frequently, this reference lists mostly regiment-specific sources of information: diaries and regimental histories, and most dated before 1920. These can usually be found in their entirety on HathiTrust and archive.org. (And this reference is particularly useful for finding sketches and CDVs/photographs, which are often included inside the listed resources.) Eight resources are listed for "20th Illinois Infantry" and I have not been able to investigate them all (so it is possible an image of Colonel C.C. Marsh resides in one of these.)

Cheers

Ozzy

 

N.B.  Just remembered... probably the most famous member of the 20th Illinois Infantry (before he transferred to 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, Battery F) was John Wesley Powell. There are any number of CDVs/photographs of Powell (and Powell and Colonel Marsh appear to have been "out West" at the same time, after the Civil War concluded, so it is not impossible that they "ran into each other.") In addition, Powell and Marsh served in Missouri together in 1861 (so perhaps a Missouri online site possesses a picture of the two men together, possibly at Cape Girardeau.)

http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/resources  Missouri State Archives (and research portal)

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/merwin/jwpowell.htm  brief bio of John Wesley Powell

 

 

 

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Possible JW Powell connection.
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