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Prentiss's Staff


In prior posts, we have touched on some of the Staff officers in the employ of Brigadier General Benjamin Prentiss during that commander's truncated Civil War career. As we know, Staff officers can provide insights to their General not available through other means; and some of those details may include the General's more guarded thoughts and beliefs; his drinking habits; minor medical niggles, such as frequent back pain, occasional headaches, or allergy to horses (and how the commander circumvented those weaknesses); expressions of satisfaction (or displeasure) with subordinates and superiors, not to be repeated outside the General's tent...

These are the Staff officers already discussed:

  • Division Surgeon Samuel Everett, KIA at Shiloh 6 APR 1862.

  • Colonel Joseph D. Webster, “Paymaster” under Prentiss, with experience in artillery via the Chicago militia; and acknowledged as talented engineer, this veteran of the War with Mexico remained employed at Cairo when BGen Prentiss departed Illinois for assignment in Northern Missouri (and was subsequently incorporated on the staff of General U.S. Grant in SEP 1861)

  • Captain Benjamin Grierson, VADC to Prentiss, this former music teacher discovered his true talent resided with the Cavalry (and he was used on special assignments by U.S. Grant after June 1862)

  • Lieutenant W. F. Brinck, Ordnance officer at Cairo (transferred to staff of U.S. Grant)

  • Captain Henry Binmore, AAG to Prentiss, this former Personal Secretary to Stephen A. Douglas was sent away north by General Prentiss just prior to collapse of the Hornet's Nest and thus evaded capture. Later employed by MGen Stephen Hurlbut as AAG.

  • Lieutenant Edwin Moore, detached from service with 21st Missouri, ADC to Prentiss who acted as courier delivering messages and requests for assistance from General Prentiss (and who avoided capture by being at the Landing delivering a message when the Hornet's Nest collapsed.)

  • Lieutenant Richard Derickson, Division QM for Prentiss' Sixth Division, only taking the role in April 1862. He was aboard steamer Iatan (which was full of ammunition and ordnance and tied up at Pittsburg Landing on 6 April 1862.)

Just today, two more members of General Prentiss staff during the Battle of Shiloh were uncovered, hiding in plain sight: both men are listed on the Madison Georgia Prison manifest (so it is obvious that both men were captured on 6 April 1862😞

  • Robert Porter, described on the Madison Georgia manifest as “servant to General Prentiss.”

  • Edward Jonas, described on the Madison manifest as “Secretary to General Prentiss,” and with additional clarification: “Private in Company C, 50th Illinois.”

As revealed this information has only come to light today; but what it offers is potential letters and diaries of men knowledgeable of General Benjamin Prentiss (in particular as regards “what took place in the days prior to Battle of Shiloh,” and “When did General Prentiss REALLY arrive at Pittsburg Landing; and what was he doing from the time he left St. Louis in mid-March until he arrived in-theatre?”)





http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/turningpoint/harg/cw/pdfs/harg0455-001-001.pdf  Madison Georgia Prison manifest (page 10 lines 1, 2 & 3).

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The following is not directly related to the above fascinating topic, but it may be close enough for government work, as it involves POW's, Shiloh and its aftermath.. John King was born in Randolph MA in 1816, graduated from Harvard in 1839, then studied law in the Boston office of the immortal Rufus Choate. He was a lawyer in Elgin, Illinois by the mid 1850's. In 1861, well into his 40's, he attempted to raise a 90 day independent Cavalry Unit in Geneva, Illinois. He was progressing well and had obtained 0.69 cal percussion cap muskets after communicating with General R.K. Smith in Chicago. A rival Elgin attorney, E. Joslyn , with a mob comprised of members of the Elgin Continentals (drilled by the immortal Ellsworth) stole by force the muskets from the jury room at the Kane County Court House in Geneva. Members of both groups were injured. The "collision" was noticed locally but quickly all but forgotten.

When John King left Geneva he had three young children named John Reginal, Lincoln, and Geneva. John King was mustered into William Ford’s Independent Cavalry Company at Ottawa as a 2nd Lieutenant on 2 January 1862.[1] This Company was attached to the 53rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and assigned to District of Columbia, KY, south of Louisville. Before that King had seen action with Fremont's Body Guard in Missouri. By the time of the Battle of Shiloh Ford's Cavalry had been incorporated into the 15th Il Cav as Company L. This company became Halleck's escort and the company arrived at Shiloh with Halleck after the battle. After Halleck's departure for Washington, Company L became Grant's escort for a time.

Captains King[2] and Elgin's Addison Keyes were part of a complicated campaign that began on 21 April 1863. The plan called for Col. Abel Streight and General Granville Dodge to move from central Tennessee into northwestern Alabama. Capt. King’s Cavalry company was with Col. Streight and Capt. Keye’s H Company of the 127th Illinois was with Gen. Dodge. Ford’s unit had been assigned to 15th Illinois Cavalry as Company "L" on December 25, 1862.

During 1862 Ford’s company had acted as General Halleck’s escort from St. Louis, Missouri, to Shiloh, Tennessee after the Battle there, and then to Corinth, Mississippi. It was then assigned as an escort to Gen. Grant. Private Painter was detailed as courier and perform this duty well until captured. Private Uriah Painter was “joined in” to Ford’s Company via the same path as Lt. King.

Painter’s biography includes the fact that he was captured in a skirmish at Bear Creek, Alabama, and was taken to several southern prisons and finally transferred to Libby prison. Being a strong healthy man when he was captured he weighed only 80 pounds when exchanged and passed through the lines at city point. He immediately joined his company and was in every battle in skirmish with them until he was captured again in 1864.[3]

The engagement at Bear Creek, Alabama, involved Roddey’s Regiment, CSA, of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Cavalry and elements of Granville Dodge’s force, USA, 23 April 1863 near Tuscumbia, AL. This action occurred before Streight’s force was detached to make a raid on Rome, Ga.

Dodge’s force was to screen Streight’s raiding force and then make a diversionary attack on Tuscumbia, Alabama. Then Streight would be detached to take nearly 2,000 troopers across northern Alabama and into Georgia with Rome the object. At the same time a Union force about the same size as Streight’s was to raid deep into Mississippi.

Col. Benjamin Grierson with two Illinois calvary regiments and one from Iowa was to penetrate down the middle of Mississippi tearing up RR’s and and wrecking communications. Grierson, who had been kicked in the head by a horse as a child and disliked the beasts, was spectacularly successful. He arrived in Union occupied Baton Rouge on 2 May 1863 having suffered a total of 24 casualties.[4] Grierson became nearly as revered in the north as Nathan Bedford Forrest was in the south.

Many moving parts existed in the Western Theatre as Grant maneuvered to take Vicksburg in the spring and early summer of 1863. In short, Grant “invented” the amphibious assault and blitzkrieg. Facing a numerically superior but divided Confederate force, Grant defeated it in two strokes. He floated his empty transports past the Vicksburg batteries and gathered them below that citadel. He crossed his army at Bruinsburg, abandoned his supply lines, and rapidly advanced on Jackson, Missisippi. There he defeated Confederate forces under General Joe Johnston. Then he turned back west moving on Vicksburg, tearing up the railroad from Jackson behind him as he went. Vicksburg fell on 4 July 1863. Lincoln sighed, “Thank God,” and declared “The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.”  Cut in half, the Confederacy was doomed, though the war brutally continued until 9 April 1865 at Appomattox.

Captain King was captured sometime in 1863, probably when Streight surrendered. He and Streight ended up in Libby Prison.  Streight took French leave from Libby via the famous tunnel, was hidden for a time by family friends in Richmond until the coast was clear and then walked to Union lines. Whether King took the tunnel also is not known but he did not escape Libby and was transferred to Andersonville in Nov. 1864. He arrived via steamer from Wilmington, N.C at Camp Parole in Annapolis in March 1865 per the NY Times. 

John King ended up in Boone, Boone County Iowa, where he was the mayor in 1878 and was a long time Justice of the Peace. His nemesis, Ed Joslyn, was at Shiloh and emerged unscathed. He left the service shortly thereafter. His son's wrote a 2 Vol History of Kane County. 

I have not been successful is identifying much more that a few clues to John King, such as his muster record and pension card, plus other census odds and ends. Ed Joslyn's brother was the editor of the Elgin Gazette at the time of the "War at Home". The Geneva newspaper of the time, The Kane County Advertiser, contained a spirited editorial and report of a meeting of outraged Genevans, but only two unrelated issues of that paper are known to exist. 

[1] Military, Illinois., Naval Dept, J.N. Reece, and I.H. Elliott. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. Phillips Bros., state printers, 1901. p518. https://books.google.com/books?id=sAQTAAAAYAAJ

[2] A record of King’s promotion to Captain has not been found. He was “out of sight and mind” as a POW for much of the War.

[3] History of LaSalle County, Vol I, p639.

[4] Laliki, Tom. Grierson's Raid: A Daring Cavalry Strike Through the Heart of the Confederacy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2004.

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Thanks for the fascinating footnote to History, and further proof that, "With the continual editing, simplification, and condensing of Approved History, the truly interesting stories get lost."

The contributions of Grenville Dodge, Joseph D. Webster and Benjamin Grierson are virtually unknown to Eastern Theatre focused Civil War scholars; and the significance of Navy-operated 13-inch mortars, inland river ironclads and tinclads, and strategic importance of sleepy Cairo... all a mystery.

Was recently surprised to find mention of two additional Staff officers belonging to Benjamin Prentiss (focus of post at top.) And when I checked the Madison Georgia Prison Record... there they were, their names below that of General Prentiss, recorded on lines No.2 & 3 on page 10. And the only two Privates at a Prison set aside for captured Union officers. Will begin posting their stories as I complete research, in the next day or two.

Thanks for tracking down and revealing a few more "unexpected connections."


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It was good to see my old friends Patrick Gregg and his son John on your list. They arrived three weeks apart. Streight occupied Forrest so the latter never bothered Grierson. Grenville Dodge "screened" Streight's raid and he, in turn, effectively screened Grierson. 

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A couple of points: Benjamin Grierson after initial service with BGen Prentiss as VADC disappeared from the spotlight and reappeared in June 1862 as a Cavalry Officer assigned to BGen Isaac Quinby at Columbus Kentucky. Sent to Memphis after Colonel Slack assumed control of that captured Southern city, Colonel Grierson and his 6th Illinois Cavalry were put to use by Major General Lew Wallace on a reconnaissance mission south of Memphis (which helped disprove Halleck's theory that “the Rebel Army is disintegrating before our eyes; we can concentrate on rebuilding railroads.”) With Lew Wallace gone, Colonel Grierson reported to MGen U.S. Grant... about the same time that Confederate raids against the Memphis & Charleston R.R. began to be aggressively and effectively conducted. And this encounter with Grant (and Grierson's report of accurate intelligence) began the beneficial association of the two men.

And I agree, the Madison Georgia Prison document is invaluable. It records precise times of arrival of the many Federal prisoners; indicates names, ranks (at time of incarceration) and unit attachment; and acts to verify some stories (Dr. Gregg going to Washington to report on the state of affairs, and afterwards returning to prison voluntarily to report to his commander, Benjamin Prentiss; and in order to share the President's message of Hope with as many inmates as possible.) Without the Madison GA prison manifest, the ability to verify claims that “Private Porter and Private Jonas were on the Staff of BGen Prentiss at Shiloh” would have been extremely difficult.

As regards the recent investigation of the Picket Skirmish of Friday 4 April 1862, the Madison GA manifest verifies that the three Federal officers involved (and subsequently recorded as “missing” ) were indeed captured, and not killed. Major Leroy Crockett is recorded page 12; 2/Lt W. Herbert is to be found page 13; and 1/Lt J.J. Geer is recorded on page 16. [And this confirms Geer's later claim that “he was held in the same prison as General Prentiss.” ]

A consuming fixation by Confederate authorities with East Tennessee insurrectionists is to be found throughout the document: hundreds of names of political prisoners taken into custody and held in Georgia are recorded, beginning Page one.

And the release date of General Prentiss and the other surviving Shiloh officers is confirmed as 7 October 1862 (page 32, is also marked as Release Page No.13). [This 7 OCT 1862 date is important because it confirms that enlisted soldiers were released from captivity a day or two later, and that Federal officers proceeded in advance (and boarded a separate steamer at Aiken's Landing, the New York) while enlisted Paroled soldiers followed after, and boarded a different transport, the steamer John A. Warner.] This use of separate transports north from Aiken's Landing to Annapolis (where officers disembarked, and were hurried on by rail to Washington for debrief, and receipt of thirty days furlough) inadvertently kept the Paroled officers unaware that their enlisted comrades were disembarked at the old Naval Academy wharf and subsequently held in confinement in the Annapolis Parole Camp. And this helps explain why the story of Captain John Stibbs, 12th Iowa Co.D is so poignant.





SDG topic "See You in Memphis"

SDG topic "The Friday 4 April 1862 Picket Skirmish"

A Perfect Picture of Hell by Genoways & Genoways (2001) pp.123 - 125 Story of John and Joe Stibbs.


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Memoirs of Francis T. Moore, 2nd Illinois Cavalry


Serendipity. The result of research by which something truly interesting is uncovered while searching for something else. Such occurred with the subjects of this post, revealed as more neglected members of the team associated with Brigadier General Prentiss.

In part because of my recent exchange with Rbn3 the search for information regarding the staff of General Prentiss was done in a different way; a modification or two applied to the search terms. And in consequence a Hit returned that revealed the existence of Francis T. Moore. A carriage maker from Quincy, Moore enlisted as a Private in the Adams County Dragoons in Summer 1861; that unit became Company L of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry. And before Summer was over Private Moore and Company L found themselves in Missouri, operating in vicinity of Pilot Knob and Iron Mountain, and incorporated onto Prentiss's staff as his bodyguard. While performing that duty, Company L was present for “the second seniority dispute” IRT Prentiss vs. BGen Grant. As Francis Moore later wrote: “We were just informed that General Prentiss had been superseded by General Grant; no reason given, but there must be some cause. And it was a shame General Prentiss had to go, because he was well liked by the entire command, and we shall be sorry to lose him.”

Revealing what was known at the time of Grant, Moore states: “He was late Colonel of the 21st Illinois. We have had no access to newspapers for days, perhaps weeks; so we have no knowledge of what has taken place and why... General Grant we know little or nothing of. He was an officer in the Mexican War and belongs to the Regular army.” [And the brief affiliation of Company L with General Prentiss came to an end... Interesting that “Captain Grant” and “regular army” were successfully traded as valid currency for Civil War rank and status.]

This Memoir was created by Francis T. Moore (who eventually rose to Captain of Company L) after the war, making use of newspaper clippings, Harper's Weekly magazines, and his own daily diary. The Grant versus Prentiss dispute is contained pages 30 – 35 and also features thorough description of the Battle of Belmont. Period sketches created by the author are scattered throughout. And a clear depiction of Civil War cavalry tactics, and how they evolved during the four years is presented. Captain Moore wandered further and further afield from Quincy after the war, and eventually found himself in California. While resident of National City he wrote his Memoirs; and they mostly rested on a shelf, unread, in the Special Collections of University of California at San Diego until noticed by a Librarian. She and her husband had a read, tidied them up, and re-released them in 2011 on amazon.com as “The Story of My Campaign: the Civil War Memoirs of Captain Francis T. Moore, Second Illinois Cavalry.”





https://www.hsqac.org/quincy-s-memoir-chronicles-civil-war  Bio of Francis Moore of Quincy Illinois.

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=c628DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT2&lpg=PT2&dq=Memoir+of+francis+t.+moore+2nd+illinois+cavalry&source=bl&ots=9QuxmcYR_6&sig=ACfU3U0kZbRdj2CRpBZFmE4PqiUBiC99_g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiykI3-2-ToAhXFxzgGHXG6B4IQ6AEwB3oECAsQKA#v=snippet&q=Prentiss&f=false  Limited access to "The Memoirs of Captain Francis T. Moore"

https://www.amazon.com/Story-My-Campaign-Captain-Illinois/dp/0875804411  Full access to "The Memoirs of Captain Francis Moore" (2011) by Thomas Bahde, with Forward by Michael Fellman.


N.B. At the end of the war, Francis Moore revealed that his favorite Generals were Grant and Grierson. [And “Grierson” is the other search term I used to find this Memoir.]

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Private Robert Porter

It appears Robert Porter was residing in Quincy when the Civil War erupted... Born in Ireland in 1833, Robert migrated to America about the time of the potato famine; and following the trend of so many migrants ahead of him, he journeyed west. He may have picked up skills as a glazier/ window framer along the way (still to be confirmed) and in the late 1850s he married, had two children; and then war broke out. And Robert Porter was among the first volunteers from Illinois, joining the 10th Illinois in April, under command of Colonel Benjamin Prentiss of Quincy. With the organization at Springfield yet incomplete, but with Southern Illinois under threat, the 10th Illinois was hurried south; Colonel Prentiss and his force replaced militia commander Richard Kellogg Swift; and the 10th Illinois completed organization (and was subsequently joined by more regiments of infantry and artillery) until the Brigade-sized force holding the the strategic confluence of the Ohio with the Mississippi River required a commander; and Benjamin Prentiss was affirmed by vote of the Illinois volunteers of five regiments on 7/ 8 May 1861 for advancement to Brigadier General. And General Prentiss commenced blockade of suspicious cargoes and conducted delicate negotiations with militia forces and politicians representing Neutral Kentucky... until late June, when the soon-to-expire 3 months terms of service of the regiments comprising his brigade demanded immediate attention. Enlisting the help of his friend from the Mexican War, WHL Wallace, in command of the 11th Illinois Volunteers, all of the term-affected regiments were re-mustered on 3-year contracts; and a majority of men belonging to the 3-month regiments signed on to the reorganized regiments [see Life of General WHL Wallace pp. 116 - 118 for description of the reorganization process that took place at Cairo.] Private Porter was one of many who agreed to extend his commitment to serve an additional three years, and he merely transferred from Company E to Company C.

In August 1861 BGen Prentiss was assigned to duty in the field in Northern Missouri; and it is likely at this time that Private Porter was detached from service with the 10th Illinois and joined the staff of General Prentiss (Prentiss had been forced to leave most of his close associates behind, such as Colonel Webster, Captain R. B. Hatch, and Lieutenant Brinck.) Requiring new staff officers to replace those left at Cairo, General Prentiss called on Robert Porter, and the recently unemployed Henry Binmore (Senator Stephen Douglas died 3 June 1861) to initiate that new staff family.

It is unclear why Robert Porter was specifically selected: had he known Benjamin Prentiss in Quincy? Did he possess special talents required by General Prentiss? Some sources indicate Robert Porter was a Servant to General Prentiss; another indicates he was on Special Service; and yet another suggests he was on Secret Service (which could indicate operations as Scout.) Whatever his role, it appears Porter (who kept his rank as Private) was successful, as he was still employed on the General's staff in April 1862.

How and when Private Porter was captured on April 6th is uncertain: Prentiss makes no mention of his performance in his Official Report. But Private Porter was one of a handful of enlisted soldiers held at the Officers' Prison at Madison Georgia; and there is little doubt that Porter continued his duties in service to General Prentiss during their confinement.

Upon release in October 1862, it is likely that Private Porter remained in close contact with General Prentiss (there is no indication of ill health) and with both men being residents of Quincy, it would make sense that Porter accompanied General Prentiss there in November 1862; and continued with the General during Prentiss's assignment as Commander of the District of Eastern Arkansas. But, shortly after the resounding success at Battle of Helena, General Prentiss resigned from the Army. And Robert Porter, still technically attached to the 10th Illinois Co.C was able to take “recruiting leave” in order to help organize the Quincy regiment of Black soldiers: Captain Robert Porter organized and commanded Company A of the 29th U.S.C.I. And he served with that unit for the duration of the war. Mustered out of service in Texas in November 1865, Captain Porter returned to his wife and two children in Quincy. He died in 1907.


https://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/010-3e-in.html  Private Porter recorded in 10th Illinois Co.E

https://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/010-c-in.html  Private Porter recorded in reorganized 10th Illinois Co.C

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/turningpoint/harg/cw/pdfs/harg0455-001-001.pdf   Private Porter recorded at Madison GA prison (page 10)

https://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r155/29usc-a-in.html  Captain Robert Porter recorded as commander Co.A of 29th U.S.C.I.

https://www.hsqac.org/quincy-organized-black-regiment-for-civil-war  Brief History of Quincy's 29th U.S.C.I. Regiment


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[Image taken circa 1890 and in the Public Domain; on file with Library of Congress. From left to right in above image: Major Cavander (Second DIV Chief of Artillery), Andreas (12th Illinois, involved with creation of the Shiloh Cyclorama displayed in Chicago), Judge Dickey ( 4th Illinois Cavalry, father of Ann Wallace), BGen Tuttle (Second DIV, 1st Brigade, led the last bit of Second Division away north before collapse of Hornet's Nest on April 6th 1862), Major George Mason ( Secretary of State of Illinois “Shiloh Battlefield Commission”), General Prentiss (stands on the actual spot where he surrendered his command on Sunday 6 April 1862 at 5:29 pm), Doolittle (18th Michigan Infantry), Cuthbert Laing (2nd Michigan Light Artillery).]


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Edward Jonas

Tracking this man is difficult because there were two Edward Jonas, both accorded credit as belonging to the 50th Illinois, an Uncle (1817 - 1867) and his nephew, and it is obvious that researchers have combined the experiences of the two; and in some cases credit has been given to the wrong man for accomplishments of the other. The subject of interest is Edward Jonas, the nephew.

Edward was born into one of the first Jewish families in Quincy: his father, Abraham is recognized as bringing Freemasonry from his native England to Illinois; and Abraham had many and varied business interests; and Abraham Jonas belonged to a circle of friends that included Senator Orville Browning and the politician Abraham Lincoln. Following the Inauguration of Lincoln as President, Abraham Jonas, with support from Orville Browning was installed as Postmaster of Quincy. And Edward Jonas was appointed as Principal Assistant to the Postmaster (and he was only 17 years old in 1861.) Later that year the 50th Illinois Volunteers began recruiting; and on September 12th the underage Edward got his father's approval and became a Private in Company C.

About that same time in September 1861 Brigadier General Benjamin Prentiss was back in Quincy, cooling his heels, under arrest for failing to obey the lawful orders of his superior officer, Brigadier General U.S. Grant. The Court Martial expected by Prentiss failed to eventuate; and General Prentiss was returned to duty in Northern Missouri. And the 50th Illinois was sent to St. Joseph Missouri (in Prentiss' District) and operated between that Missouri River port and Hannibal, on the Mississippi River, from October through December 1861. And it was most likely during this period that Benjamin Prentiss, still short of staff, found a position for Private Edward Jonas as Orderly (some references record “Secretary.”) The 50th Illinois Infantry left Missouri in January and joined General Grant's operation in Kentucky at Smithland. And General Prentiss left Missouri mid-March and joined General Grant's operation on the Tennessee River no later than the First day of April 1862.

The next time Private Jonas appears in the historical record is in the Madison Georgia Prison manifest on page 10, his name and Robert Porter's name just below the line entry for Brigadier General Prentiss; so Jonas, Porter and Prentiss were all captured on 6 April 1862. And they all remained confined together until the 7 OCT 1862 release of all the Shiloh Federal officers from Madison Prison, after which Private Jonas likely remained in company with General Prentiss to Illinois, enjoyed a welcome respite with his family at Quincy; and early in 1863 returned to duty (as Second Lieutenant) as Prentiss (promoted to Major General) gained assignment as commander of the District of Eastern Arkansas. The Battle of Helena was fought in July 1863; and soon afterwards General Prentiss resigned from the Army. Suddenly in need of employment, Lieutenant Jonas was initially incorporated on the staff of Major General Stephen Hurlbut. But in 1864 Lieutenant Jonas was taken onto the staff of Major General Grenville Dodge:

image.png Edward Jonas is 4th standing man from right.

[Above image of Major General Grenville Dodge and his Staff in the Public Domain.]


Performing the duties of ADC, Edward Jonas was promoted to Captain, and gained two brevet promotions before the end of the war.

After the war, Edward Jonas briefly returned to Quincy. But, his father, Abraham, had passed away in 1864; and most of the Jonas family relocated to Louisiana. Edward soon joined them and settled in New Orleans, where he appears to have become a property developer. Edward Jonas died in New Orleans in 1918.

But, for those of us at SDG the revelation with most potential interest was brought to my attention by Author and SDG contributor, Joseph Rose: Edward Jonas wrote a paper titled, “Reminiscence of Battle of Shiloh.” In 1889/ 1890 Mr. Jonas was contacted in New Orleans by Henry M. Cist, a former soldier in the Volunteer Army from Ohio (several different regiments; who rose from Private to Brigadier General) who at the time was corresponding secretary for the Society of the Army of the Cumberland. In response, Edward Jonas provided a 14-page paper (and it appears that document is on file with the Missouri Historical Society.) I will be in contact with them soon – COVID 19 permitting – in order to arrange to get a copy of Edward Jonas' recollection.

[There is also indication of an early April 1862 (April1st?) Letter from Private Edward Jonas to his parents in Quincy. ]



Madison Prison manifest

Rosen, Robert N. “Jewish Confederates” ( 2000) Uni. South Carolina Press, page 152.

https://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/050-k-in.html   2/Lt Jonas to Co.K 50th Illinois.

Dodge, MGen Grenville, “The Battle of Atlanta and Other Campaigns” (1911) page 137 for above Staff photograph.

New York Times of Monday 21 APR 1862 page 8: “Edward Jonas, son of the Postmaster of Quincy was wounded and taken prisoner with Gen. Prentiss.”

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89149678/edward-jonas  Find-a-grave Edward's uncle (1817 - 1867).

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82425289/edward-l-jonas  Find-a-grave Edward Jonas b.1844

mohistory.org Civil War manuscripts.

St. Tammany Farmer of 7 JAN 1905 pg.5 col.2 “Judge Bossier is now connected with Mr. E. Jonas of New Orleans, a brother of Mr. Jonas of the firm Farrar, Jonas & Kruttschnitt.”

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Thanks for these details! Pieces of the puzzle that start to form a picture. I like the Dodge staff photo. John King joined Ford's Independent Cavalry. Ford was from Ottawa, Il as was WHL Wallace. 

Thanks gain for the pains taking research.


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