|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1864|
Private HENRY A. ANDREWS, Co K, 86th Illinois
Henry A. Andrews was born about 1842 in Princeville, Illinois the oldest of at least seven children born to George Andrews and Cordelia (Alford) Andrews, both of whom are buried in the Princeville Township Cemetery in Peoria County. The Andrews family had come to Peoria County from Connecticut about 1841. The Andrews family is found residing in Peoria Township at the time of the 1850 census. By the time of the 1860 census of Peoria County, the Andrews family is found residing in Princeville Township in northern Peoria County. It was there that Henry grew to manhood farming the land beside his father.
On August 8, 1862, Henry volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Princeville, Illinois by a Princeville area School Teacher by the name of John F. French.
ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name ANDREWS, HENRY A
Rank PVT Company K Unit 86 IL US INF
Residence PRINCEVILLE, PEORIA CO, IL Age 20 Height 5' 10 Hair BROWN
Eyes HAZEL Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Nativity PRINCEVILLE, PEORIA CO, IL
Joined When AUG 8, 1862 Joined Where PRINCEVILLE, IL
Joined By Whom CPT FRENCH Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A
Remarks KILLED IN ACTION AT ATLANTA GA AUG 5, 1864
When French had 100 volunteers he led the Princeville volunteers into Peoria where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, French and 95 of his volunteers were mustered into service as Co. K of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. French was elected by the men of Co. K to serve as their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Two weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, chasing Confederate troops in Kentucky. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering the first of many casualties to come. After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate troops withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade marched on the Nashville, Tennessee where they went into winter camp.
During the next two years, Private Henry A. Andrews served faithfully in Co. K and the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. For much of his time in the service, Henry was a mess mate and tent mate of Corporal and later Sergeant Levi A. Ross. On April 22, 1863, Levi A. Ross wrote the following in his journal. "One soldier does not nor will not play cards, smoke nor chew tobacco, nor take in vain, the name of his God. The name of that soldier is L. A. Ross. There are a few others, too, in Co. 'K', who are so moral that they do not participate in any of the evils common to the camp. among the number are my friends Charles Alter and Henry Andrews, also the Auten Brothers.
Also during this time, Henry was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, and Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, to name a few.
By early August of 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's Army, of which McCook's Brigade was a part, was nearing the prize, which his army had been fighting so hard for, Atlanta, Georgia. On August , 1864, the men of the 86th Illinois were participating in the fighting and seige of Atlanta. Colonel Allen L. Fahnestock, the Colonel of the 86th Illinois, wrote the following in his diary that night. "August 5, Friday Morning Clear and Hot. Orders to move move to the front and advance on our lines, the 85th Illinois as skirmishers. They captured 15 rebel outposts, not loosing a man. There was many captured along the line. We moved close to the rebel works and forts and they shelled us killing and wounding several, but none in my regiment. We built good breastworks. The weather intensely hot. In the evening we had one man killed. We buried him at night. Company K - 1 man killed. Pvt. Henry A. Andrews."
As stated by Col. Fahnestock, Pvt. Henry A. Andrews body was initially buried right on the Battlefield of Atlanta, but shortly after the war, his body was exhumed and laid to rest in the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. His earthly remains lie in Grave #6393 in Section E of the Marietta National Cemetery.
by Baxter B. Fite III
George Andrews (1815 - 1872)
Cordelia Alford Andrews (1820 - 1899)
Henry A. Andrews (1842 - 1864)
Mary Jane Andrews Ward (1856 - 1929)*
Marietta National Cemetery
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Janet
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
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