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Corp William Henry Fountain
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Birth: May 3, 1841
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1862
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Corporal WILLIAM HENRY FOUNTAIN, Co. E. 86th Illinois

William Henry Fountain was born on May 3, 1841 near Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, the son of William Fountain and Jane (McGinnis) Fountain. William Fountain was born on April 26, 1808 in Sussex County, New Jersey. As a youth, William Fountain's family moved west to Ohio, where they settled in Muskingum County. It was there that William met Jane McGinnis. They were married about 1833 in Muskingum County, Ohio and their first child, Orlando Fountain, was born the following year. Jane was born on March 5, 1813 in ___________, Pennsylvania. Through the years, William made a living as a Shoe Maker, Cooper and Farmer.
In 1836, William and Jane moved west where they settled about one mile east of Farmington, Illinois in Peoria County. Their farm may have actually been in Elmwood Township in Peoria County, as William claimed Elmwood Township as his place of birth. William and Jane are found in Peoria County at the time of 1840 and the 1850 census. The children listed in the 1850 census are Orlando, age 14 OH; Elizabeth, age 12 IL; Martha, age 10 IL; William H., 9 IL; Milton, age 4 IL; and Edward W., age 1 IL.
The Fountains remained there farming the land until 1852, when the Fountains moved to Marshall County, Illinois, just north of Peoria County, where William and Jane remained the rest of their lives. The family is found in Marshall County in the 1860 census. One more child was born to them in the 1850's. That was James Fountain, who was born about 1853. William died on November 3, 1891. Jane died six weeks later on December 17, 1891. Their earthly remains were laid to rest in the Sugar Grove Cemetery west of Henry, Illinois in Marshall County.
Now to continue with the biography of William Henry Fountain;
On July 1, 1862, with the Civil War now over a year old, President Abraham Lincoln made an appeal to the Governors of the northern states for an additional 300,000 troops. In August, William Henry Fountain's older brother, Orlando Fountain, decided that he would recruit a company in Marshall County for service in the Union Army.
Orlando signed his name to the company roster on the morning of August 13, 1862. On August 13th, 14th and 15th, Orlando received about 60 volunteers from Marshall County, about 20 men from Stark County and about 15 from Bureau County. On the 14th of August, among the Marshall County volunteers was Orlando's younger brother, William H. Fountain. A few days later, Fountain assembled the Marshall/Stark/Bureau County company and led them to Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. Orlando was elected to be the Captain of this company and on August 27, 1862, Orlando and 88 of his volunteers were mustered into service as Co. E of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Orlando's brother, William H. Fountain, was elected to fill the position of 2nd Corporal.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Company E Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Age 21 Height 5' 11 Hair BROWN
Eyes GRAY Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 14, 1862
Joined By Whom O FOUNTAIN
Period 3 YRS Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom

On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon through the streets of Peoria with much fanfare down to the railroad depot and boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862 the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the coming years. Though the 86th only suffered 13 casualties during the Battle of Perryville, one of them was one of Orlando's volunteers from Co. E, Private Benton Corrington.
After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate army withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade moved on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they began a long period of garrison duty. During their first few months in the field, even before the men had left the Louisville area, many troops began having health problems from the poor living conditions and from the quality of the food. When the 86th left the Louisville area, a number of men were left behind in Army Hospitals in Louisville. After the Battle of Perryville and before the men reached Nashville, many more were sent back north to the Army Hospitals in Louisville. One of these sick soldiers was William H. Fountain. It is not known whether he was one of those left behind when the 86th left the Louisville area or whether he was one of those sent back after the Battle of Perryville. In any case, William's condition continued to deteriorate. Finally on December 16, 1862, Private William Henry Fountain died of his ailment at Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 21 yrs, 7 months and 13, as his tombstone reads, "in defense of his country". Williams's body was probably initially buried in a Union burying ground near the hospital, but, at some point the family is believed to have had the body exhumed and returned to Illinois where, today, the remains of Private William H. Fountain are believed to be buried in the Sugar Grove Cemetery near those of his parents.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Fountain family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on William Henry Fountain and the Fountain family. Baxter would alsolike to see copies of ANY photographs of William Henry Fountain or his brother, Orlando Fountain, which have survived the years, added to their Find A Grave Memorials for all to see and enjoy.)

Family links: 
  William Fountain (1808 - 1891)
  Jane McGinnis Fountain (1813 - 1891)
  Martha Fountain Pierson (____ - 1909)*
  Orlando Fountain (1834 - 1913)*
  Elizabeth Fountain Proctor (1836 - 1907)*
  William Henry Fountain (1841 - 1862)
  Milton Fountain (1844 - 1899)*
  Edward W. Fountain (1849 - 1890)*
  James Fountain (1852 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Sugar Grove Cemetery
Marshall County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Sam
Record added: Oct 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30327478
Corp William Henry Fountain
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Corp William Henry Fountain
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