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Maj Barclay C Gillam
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1820
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct., 1888
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA

Father: Simon Gillam, b.1793, Philadelphia, PA., d.1857, Schuyler Co., IL.
Mother: Ann A. Clayton b.~1799, Delaware, d.1838, Younstown, PA.
Major Barclay C. Gillam was born March 6th, 1820, in Youngstown, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. His father, Simon Gillam, was born in 1793, in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his early education in the common schools of that city. He learned to art of nail making, and it was his vocation through life. In the year 1819 he married Miss Ann A. {Clayton}, daughter of John M. Clayton, Esq., of the state of Delaware. He then removed to Youngstown, Pennsylvania. They had a family of seven children, four of whom reached mature age - three now living, of whom the subject of this sketch is the oldest. Mr. Gillman's wife died at their residence in Youngstown, Pennsylvania, in 1838. The Major's father removed to Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1851, and located as a farmer. Here he married Miss Jane Harbison. They raised a family of two children. Mr. Gillam died at his residence in this county, October 13, 1857. Barclay C. received his education in the common schools of Pennsylvania. After leaving school, he learned the blacksmith trade. At the age of twenty-one he was married to Miss Mary A., daughter of William Beatty, Esq. In the spring of 1844, he moved to the city of Rushville, Ill. Here he has carried on blacksmithing ever since. They had six children, only two of whom are now living - both sons. On the break out of the late rebellion he recruited a company of eighty-six men, of which he was elected captain, and immediately repaired to the seat of war. After being in the service four months, he was promoted to the rank of major. He was engaged in several battles, among which were Fort Donaldson, Fort Henry, Little Bethel, Shiloh, Hatchey, and others. At the battle of Shiloh he lost a horse and was badly wounded. He was appointed census marshal in 1870, to take the census of Schuyler county. He is now residing in Rushville, and since the organization of the Republican party he has firmly adhered to its principles.


Note: both the spelling of Gillam and Gillman was use in the above.
Name Relationship Sex Martial Status Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's birthplace Mother's birthplace
***(spaced separations above, are same as below)***
Barclay GILLAM Self M M W 60 PA Ret. Blacksmith PA DE.
Mary GILLAM Wife F M W 57 PA Keeping House PA PA.
Fannie DOYLE Dau F S W 12 IL At Home --- ---.
David DOYLE Son M M W 38 PA Showman Circus PA PA.
Ann DOYLE Dau-L F M W 33 GERM. Showman Circus GERM. GERM.
Nellie DOYLE G-Dau F S W 11 IL At Home IL GERM.
Walter DOYLE G-Son M S W 6 IL At Home IL GERM.

SOURCE: 1880 Census - "Circus Personnel"
Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, National Archives Film T9-0250, Page 460D.
"Roster of Men from Schuyler County in 28th Illinois Volunteer Infantry"
Gillam, Barclay C. Major, resigned Nov. 21, 1862, wounded in left arm at Shiloh.

SOURCE: [link]
Rank: CPT
Company: G
Unit: 28 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics:
Age: 40
Height: 5' 9
Hair: DARK
Eyes: GRAY
Complexion: LIGHT
Marital Status: MARRIED
Occupation: MECHANIC
Service Record:
Joined When: AUG 15, 1861
Joined Where: RUSHVILLE, IL
Joined By Whom: B C GILLAM
Period: 3 YRS
Muster In: AUG 19, 1861
Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL
Muster In By Whom: N/A
Muster Out: N/A
Muster Out Where: N/A
Muster Out By Whom: N/A

SOURCE: Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database.
Rank: MAJ
Company: HQ Unit 28 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics:
Age: N/A
Height: N/A
Hair: N/A
Eyes: N/A
Complexion: N/A
Marital Status: N/A
Occupation: N/A
Nativity: N/A
Service Record:
Joined When: N/A
Joined Where: N/A
Joined By Whom: N/A
Period: N/A
Muster In: N/A
Muster In Where: N/A
Muster In By Whom: N/A
Muster Out: N/A
Muster Out Where: N/A
Muster Out By Whom: N/A
Remarks: RESIGNED NOV 21, 1862

SOURCE: Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database.
Regimental History ILLINOIS 28TH INFANTRY

28th Infantry Regiment Illinois: 15 August 1861 - 15 March 1866 Infantry

Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded = 9
Officers Died of Disease or Accident = 2
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded = 97
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident = 182
Twenty-eighth Infantry:

Col.: Amory K. Johnson;
Lieut-Cols.: Louis H. Waters, Thomas M. Kilpatrick, Richard Ritter;
Majs: Charles J. Sellon, Barclay C. Gillam, Hinman Rhodes.

This regiment was composed of three companies from Pike county, one from Fulton, one from Schuyler, one from McDonough, one from Mason one from Scott, and two from Menard. It was organized at Camp Butier, Aug. 15, 1861, and was mustered into the service for three years. On Aug. 28, it was ordered to St. Louis, Mo., where it was armed. On Feb. 13, 1862, a detachment of 48 men and 12 officers met Col. Claiborne's Confederate cavalry, 500 strong, at Little Bethel Church, 5 miles west of Fort Heiman, and immediately attacked them, taking 2 prisoners. In the opening of the battle of Shiloh the regiment was assigned to a position on the left of the line, in the Peach orchard, which position the enemy immediately attacked, but was repulsed with heavy loss, and the regiment held its position, against great odds from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. In this conflict it lost heavily in killed and wounded. On the morning of the second day the regiment held a position on the right of the line and was hotly engaged until the battle closed and the victory was won. In the two days' fighting it sustained a loss of 239, killed, wounded and missing. It was engaged in the siege of Corinth during the month of May. At the battle of Davis' bridge in the following October, Gen. Lauman ordered the 2nd brigade, of which the regiment formed a part, to take the bridge and cross to the east side of the river, which was done amidst a most terrific fire. A battery in front of the 28th was dealing death and destruction, and the regiment was ordered to charge and take it at all hazards, which it did most gallantly, capturing 6 guns and caissons, 1 flag, and 1 officer in uniform. On Oct. 28, it returned to Bolivar, bearing a tattered flag, with the loss of 97 men killed, wounded and missing. It was engaged in the siege of Vicksburg from June 11, to July 4, 1863, and occupied a position to the left of the center, on the Hall's Ferry road. On July 12, near Jackson Miss., the 28th, with other regiments of the brigade, not exceeding 800 men, charged across an open, level cornfield, some 600 yards under a destructive fire of grape, canister and minie bullets. The enemy appearing upon both flanks as it reached the ditch, the Federals were compelled to fall back, with a loss of more than half of the rank and file killed and wounded. The eight companies of this regiment in line, numbering 128 men, lost 73 killed and wounded, and 16 taken prisoners. On Jan. 4, 1864, the regiment, having reenlisted as a veteran organization, was mustered for three years' veteran service, and on May 18, proceeded to Illinois for veteran furlough. Returning to the front, it served as a regiment until the following October, when it was consolidated into a battalion of four companies.
Twenty-eighth (Consolidated) Infantry.

Cols.: Richard Ritter, Hinman Rhodes,
Lieut.-Cols.: Richard Ritter, Hinman Rhodes, Edwin P Durell;
Majs., Hinman Rhodes, Edwin P. Durell, Albert J. Moses.

On Oct. 10, 1864, the original 28th regiment was consolidated into four companies, and on the 12th embarked for Morganza, La., Brig.-Gen. Lawler commanding 1st brigade, 19th army corps. On Nov. 22, at Memphis it received 200 recruits, which were organized into two companies, and the battalion was assigned to the 1st brigade, district of West Tennessee. In Jan., 1865, it was transferred to Louisiana and in March, was in the advance upon Spanish Fort, occupying the extreme right of its division and corps. It held this position during the entire siege of 14 days, losing 14 killed and wounded, including 2 captains. On April 7, Cos. G and H joined the regiment from Camp Butler, Ill., and on April 13, the regiment marched to Whistler Station and skirmished with the enemy. On April 15, Cos. I and K joined the regiment from Camp Butler, Ill., and this gave the regiment its full complement of companies. In the following July, it was sent to Texas and remained in that state until March 15, 1866, when it was mustered out at Brownsville, after a total service from the date of its first organization of four years and seven months. During that time 1,720 men had enlisted in the organization, and of these, 61 were killed, 34 died of wounds, 284 were wounded, 4 commissioned officers were dismissed, 17 enlisted men were missing in action, 5 were killed accidentally, 141 died of disease, 494 were discharged, and 21 were transferred.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
Battles Fought
Fought at La Grange, TN.
Fought on 06 April 1862 at Shiloh, TN.
Fought on 07 April 1862 at Shiloh, TN.
Fought on 05 October 1862 at Metamora, TN.
Fought on 12 July 1863 at Jackson, MS.
Fought on 12 July 1863 at Jackson, TN.
Fought on 16 July 1863.
Fought on 15 July 1864.
Fought on 22 July 1864 at Vidalia, LA.
Fought on 20 September 1864 at Natchez, MS.
Fought on 27 March 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 28 March 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Major, resigned Nov. 21, 1862, wounded in left arm at Shiloh.
Died about 20-Oct-1888.
Interment 23-Oct-1888
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  Mary A Beatty Gillam (1824 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship
Rushville City Cemetery
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA
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