|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1836|
|Death: ||May 20, 1915|
Archibald "Arch" Odum, was the 2nd of 8 children born to Thomas Odum (b. 16 Nov 1811 in TN; d. 15 Nov 1887 in IL) and Elizabeth Allen (b. 10 Jun 1813 in TN; d. 09 Jun 1890 in IL).
Arch, and his brothers Wiley and Thomas (Jr.) all joined the 128th Illinois Volunteers during the Civil War; when that brigade was disbanded, they transferred to the 9th Illinois Volunteers. Arch was mounting up on a mule to go on patrol when his mule bolted. Arch's foot was caught in the stirrup, and he was dragged at break-neck speed for a short distance, and was injured (sprains and bruises). While recovering from this injury, he worked in the mess tent. He was delivering a meal to the pickets on duty when the pickets and Arch were captured and sent to Andersonville Prison. (Information taken from Arch's Civil War pension records.)
Arch's brother Wiley was also taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville. Wiley succumbed in only a few short months to scurvy and pneumonia and was buried at Andersonville. Arch, being 6'4" and very strong, survived, but he was badly scarred from scurvy, and suffered lifelong from debilitating bronchitis and arthritis.
Arch was a farmer in Williamson County, IL. He was married three times: (1) Adaline Sanders (d. 1875), married 10 Apr 1862), with whom he had five children; (2) Nancy Lyons (b. 20 Oct 1838 in TN; d. 08 Jan 1909 in IL, married 06 Sep 1876), two children; and (3) Cynthia Ann Hunter (b. 22 Oct 1837 in IL, d. 11 May 1912 in IL, married (20 Jan 1889), no children.
Military: Taken prisoner August 17, 1864. Reported as missing in action by John A. Logan. Paroled March 3, 1865. Sent to Andersonville Prison. Brother Wiley died there. He and others dug a tunnel under the wall. Negroes with their dogs would track down escapees; one such dog tracked him to a bushy-top pine tree in which he was hidden, awaiting darkness. The negro marched him back and would give him a cut with a rawhide whip from time to time to hurry him along.
Biography: He was born in Smith County, TN, Feb 20, 1836, died in Benton, IL, May 20, 1915, age 78. A life-long Democrat and a Mason. He was 6 ft. 4 in. tall, white hair and beard. A dead ringer for "Uncle Sam" and sometimes acted the part in parades
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: Carrie Odum
Record added: Jan 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17416858
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Rest Peacefully, to a proud member of the Masonic Order.|
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Added: Mar. 24, 2014
You survived the Hellish Andersonville Prison and I know you were welcomed into Paradise with Opened Arms for you had been thru the worst of times. Rest in Peace in Heaven where there are no Wars. With Respect from Oregon,|
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Added: Mar. 23, 2014
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