John Shores is still remembered by the Shore and Sinclair families. We are honored and grateful for his service and the Shore family's sacrifice for our country.
John was the son of James Shores Sr and Mary Ann Rampley.
His brother Levi fought with the 12th Illinois Infantry, Co K.
He married Mary Matilda Rounds Sept 30, 1858 in Fulton County Illinois.
John Shores fought with the 85th Illinois Infantry, Co. G. He was killed in action in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864. He left a young widow and small child at home in Fulton Co. IL.
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought on June 27, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. It was the most significant frontal assault launched by Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman against the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. It ending in a tactical defeat for the Union forces.
Sherman's army consisted of 100,000 men, 254 guns and 35,000 horses. Johnston's army had 63,000 men and 187 guns. Over 5,350 soldiers were killed in the battles fought from June 19, 1864 through July 2, 1864. **************** History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers Illinois Volunteer Infantry by Henry J. Aten 1901 CHAPTER XXXIII. Pages 433 - 449
CORPORAL JOHN SHORES, aged twenty-seven, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, married, and a farmer, when he enlisted from Woodland, Fulton county, Illinois. He was promoted corporal, and served with his company until killed in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 27, 1864. Is buried at No. 9286 in the national cemetery at Marietta, Ga.
So many of the young men from the south part of Fulton county had entered the army in 1861 that few were so sanguine as to expect that more than one company could be raised in and around Astoria when recruiting began in the summer of 1862. But by the middle of August enough had enlisted to form two full companies.
Company G was enrolled by the Hon. S. P. Cummings between the 11th and 16th of August, the nucleus of the company being the overflow form Company H, it having been the first organized. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: William McClelland, captain; Lafayette Curless, first lieutenant, and John M. Robertson, second lieutenant.
The record shows that 20 of the officers and men belonging to his company were hit with shot or shell in battle, 8 of who were killed, 1 died of wounds, while 11 received wounds which did not prove fatal while in the service, 9 died of disease, 11 were discharged fro disability, 16 were transferred and 36 went home together when the regiment was disbanded.
The company was commanded by officers who were brave and enterprising, and, for genuine loyalty and devotion to duty, Company G was the peer of any organization in the service. While the writer feels that his heart is big enough to take in the whole of the Eighty-fifth, there will always be a warm corner reserved for the "boys of Company G".