|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1836|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1917|
Bio of Capt Stephen F Grimes from the History of Belle Rive and Dahlgren, IL and Surrounding Territory:
Steven F. Grimes was born January 26, 1838 in Gibson County, Indiana, one of eleven children. He was educated in different counties in Illinois and Indiana. He farmed in early life, worked at the printer's trade one year, then studied medicine three years. On September 15, 1861, Mr. Grimes enlisted as a private in the Forty-Eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company I. He was later commissioned as a second lieutentant, and after the Battle of Shiloh was promoted to first lieutenant; he was wounded, and after his recovery was promoted to Captain of Company A, serving in that capacity until after the battle of Ft. McAllister, where he was wounded a second time. He participated in many thrilling scenes and famous battles, among them those of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Jackson, Mississippi, and Mission Ridge. He was with General Sherman on his world-famed "March to the Sea" and participated in the battles which occured in that march and after reaching the coast. Finally, he was honorably discharged at Savannah, Georgia and returned home.
Mr. Grimes went into merchandising after the war, first keeping a general store in Piatte county, Illinois. In 1866 he moved to Spring Garden, Illinois and kept a store there until the spring of 1873, when he moved to Belle Rive. Mr. Grimes married the former Laura A. Hoskinson, who was born January 26, 1847 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. To this union were born the following daughters: Florence B., born November 26, 1864; Minnie M., born December 2, 1867; and Lora A., born January 26, 1873.
Capt Grimes suffered a gunshot wound at Shiloh. The bullet was never removed. Capt Grimes is best known for his actions at the second Battle of Fort McAllister when he demanded CSA Capt Nicholas B Clinch surrender his sword. Clinch refused to do so and initated a saber battle with Capt Grimes. Clinch was eventually overpowered, taken prisoner and survived the war.
Steven F. Grimes was the grandson of Steven Grimes, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, the Florida War and the Black Hawk War. The first Steven Grimes was a famous Indian fighter, and was scalped and tomahawked; however, he survived, though he lost his eyesight. He lived to a ripe old age and died near McLeansboro, Illinois.
William Hensley Grimes (1799 - 1863)
Spicy Ellen Farris Grimes (1809 - 1872)
Laura A Hoskinson Grimes (1846 - 1931)*
Florence Belle Grimes Baker (1864 - 1900)*
Minnie M Grimes Stonemetz (1867 - 1956)*
Lora Ann Grimes Spiller (1875 - 1965)*
Mattie Alice Grimes (1880 - 1881)*
Stephen Frank Grimes (1836 - 1917)
David Crockett Grimes (1842 - 1866)*
New Hope Cemetery
Created by: Scott Lee
Record added: Jan 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47156521
Lady In Black
Added: Mar. 18, 2012
A true hero of the Civil War. Wounded at Shiloh and carried that bullet to his grave. Again wounded during a famous sabre fight at Fort McAllister with CSA Capt Nicholas Clinch. Called from labor to rest.|
Added: Jun. 24, 2010