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Birth: Aug. 27, 1841
Kirchheim unter Teck
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Sep. 14, 1928
Adams County
Illinois, USA

Private CHRISTOPHER HARTMAN, Co. D, 86th Illinois

Christopher Hartman was born on Aug 27, 1841 in Germany, probably in Kirchheim, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg, Germany. His parents are thought to have been Heinrich & Christina Schmid Hartmann of Kircheim. Heinrich Hartmann and his family arrived in New York City in June 1847. Christopher next appeared in Trivoli, Peoria County, Illinois in 1860 and his father Heinrich (Henry) appears to have been living in the same general area as a farm hand.

On August 8, 1862, both Christopher, now age 21, and his father, Henry, now age 43, volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Trivoli, Illinois by James S. Bean for service in the Union Army. Both Christopher and Henry list Trivoli as their place of residence at the time they volunteered.

Rank PVT Company D Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence TRIVOLI, PEORIA CO, IL Age 21 Height 5' 3 1/2 Hair LIGHT
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Nativity GERMANY

Service Record
Joined When AUG 8, 1862 Joined Where TRIVOLI, IL
Joined By Whom J S BEAN Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

On the afternoon of August 15th, Bean led about 90 Trivoli volunteers into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, 83 of those Trivoli volunteers, including now Privates Christopher Hartman and Henry Hartman, were mustered into service as Company D of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. James S. Bean, who was elected by the men of Co. D to be their Captain, was elected and promoted to Major of the entire regiment, so the men of Co. D then elected Frank Hitchcock to be their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of 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 their first casualties. There would be many more in the years to come.
During the next two and a half years, the Hartmans served faithfully in Co. D as the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, they were witness to and a participants 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, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, to name a few, and marched with Sherman to the Sea.
On June 27, 1864, during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, Private Christopher Hartman was slightly wounded in the head during the 30 minute charge and assault of the Confederate breastworks on Cheatham Hill. He may have spent some time in a Union Hospital but was soon back with his father and the men of Co. D and marched with Sherman to the Sea.
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Briagde marched on to Washington, D.C. where on the 24th day of May, 1865, they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on the 2nd day of the Grand Review. The surviving members of the 86th were finally mustered out of the service on June 6, 1865 in Washington and soon they were on a train bound for Chicago where they received their final pay and were discharged from the service. Shortly after that, the Hartmans were back home in Trivoli, working their way back into their civilian lives.
Christopher Hartman was married Abigail Hunt on Jan 1, 1866 in Peoria County. Abigail was born on March 13, 1846/47 in Trivoli Township, the daughter of Joseph Clark Hunt, who died in 1849, and Susannah (Knapp) Hunt. Five children are known to have been born to Christopher and Abigail. They are;
1. Charles Henry Hartman, born December __, 1869 in Trivoli Township, Peoria County, Illinois. At the time of 1900 census, Charles is found in Peoria boarding on S. Washington St., Hartman Charles, Boarder, Dec 1869 31 Single Illinois Germany Illinois Laborer
2. William Lewis "Lew" Hartman, born March 9, 1871 in Trivoli Township.
3. Cliff B. Hartman, born c. 1879/78 in Trivoli Township.
4. __________ Hartman
5. __________ Hartman

Christopher and Abigail are found in Trivoli Township in Peoria County at the time of the 1870 and 1880 census records of Illinois. In the 1870 census;
13 Hartman Cristian 28 farmer Germany
13 Hartman Abigail 24 wife Illinois
13 Hartman Charles Henry 1 Illinois
13 Gipson Seth 19 Illinois .

Christopher is farming for a living. In 1880, they are residing in Section 35 near Brunswick, Illinois in Peoria County. Abigail is known to have been a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Christopher and Abigail were divorced in 1891 and Christopher was married at least twice more, including a marriage at age 86 just a few months before he died. His 2nd marriage occurred c. 1893 when he was married to Eliza J. ___________, who was born in July of 1832. In 1895, Christopher and Eliza J. Hartman are believed to be still residing in or near Trivoli, Illinois. At the time of the 1900 census, Christopher is found residing in Richwoods Township in Peoria County;
303 Hartman Chris Head Aug 1839 60 M 7 Germany Germany Germany 1846 54 Day Labor
303 Hartman Eliza J. Wife July 1832 67 M 7 5 2 Missouri Kentucky Virginia

In the early 1900's, Christopher is believed to have resided 908 North Street in Peoria, Illinois. But, he is not longer there at the time of the 1910 census. At the time of his death on Sept 14, 1928 he was living at the Illinois Veteran's Home (previously called the Soldiers & Sailors Home) in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. Their records give Christopher's date of birth as August 27, 1839. Private Christopher Hartman's earthly remains were laid to rest in Grave #4419 in Division 2, Row 20 in the Sunset Cemetery near the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy.
Abigail (Hunt) Hartman died on October 21, 1913 in Peoria County and her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Brunswick Cemetery near Trivoli, Illinois.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would love to hear from anyone, especially descendants of the Hartman family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private Christopher Hartman and the Hartman family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any pictures of Christopher Hartman that may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

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  Henry Hartman (1819 - ____)
  Abigail Hunt Hartman (1846 - 1913)*
  William Lewis Hartman (1871 - 1945)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Cemetery
Adams County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Grave #4419, Division 2, Row 20
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Mel Slane
Record added: Sep 16, 2009
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