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Sgt John Milton Glasford
Birth: 1828
Coshocton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1864
Clayton County
Georgia, USA

1st Sergeant JOHN MILTON GLASFORD, Co. I, 86th Illinois

John Milton Glasford was born on __________ __, 182__ (c. 1828/27) in ____________, Ohio in Coshocton County, the son of William Glasford and Nancy (Bell) Glasford. John Glasford came west to Illinois, settling in Peoria County sometime before 1850.
John M. Glasford was married to Margaret Fuller on April 11, 1850 in Peoria County. Margaret was born on August 9, 1833 in Guernsey County, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph Fuller and Alice (Cowgill) Fuller. Six children are known to have been born to John and Margaret. They are;
1. Alice Glasford, born February 2, 1851; married to Jacob C. Cowser on May 2, 1867 in Peoria County.
2. Amy Glasford, born January __, 1853.
3. Elizabeth Glasford, born September __, 1856.
4. William Glasford, born __________ __, 1857.
5. Abby Glasford, born __________ __, 1859; married to Charles Asbell on August 23, 1874 in Peoria County.
6. Marion Heenan Glasford (son), born July 19, 1861.

At the time of the 1850 census John and Margaret are fouhd in Peoria County;
2844 Glassford Samuel 26 Farming 600 Ohio
2844 Glassford Sarah 27 Va
2844 Glassford Benjamin 1 Ill
2844 Palinor Rosanna 8 Ill
2845 Glassford John 23 Cooper Ohio
2845 Glassford Margaret 19 Ohio

The annual town election was held at Lancaster on Apr. 3, 1860. Following are the results:
Supervisor, Allen L. Fahnestock
Clerk, Wm. F. Fahnestock
Assessor, John M. Glasford
Collector, John Congleton
Commissioners, Harry Griggs, S. L. Scott, Jacob M. Doll
Overseer of Poor, Richard Charlton
Constable, John Ernest
At the time of the 1850 census in November of 1850, John and Margaret are found residing in Peoria County in the Lancaster, Illinois area. John is listed as 23 and is a Cooper, while Margaret is 19. They are both listed as being born in Ohio. Residing next door is a Samuel and Sarah Glasford. Samuel is listed as being 26, is farming and was born in Ohio. He may very well be an older brother of John's.
On August 8, 1862, John M. Glasford volunteered at Lancaster, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised in the Timber Township/Lancaster, Illinois area for service in the Union Army by a local, well known business man by the name of Allen L. Fahnestock.

Rank SGT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL Age 34 Height 6' 1/2 Hair LIGHT
Eyes GRAY Complexion LIGHT Marital Status MARRIED Occupation COOPER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 8, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK 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

When Fahnestock had about 100 recruits, he led the Timber Township/Lancaster, Illinois company into Peoria, Illinois, where they went into camp at what was then called Camp Lyons, near what is today Glen Oak Park. Fahnestock was elected Captain of Co. I by the men of the Timber Township/Lancaster, Illinois company. John M. Glasford was elected by the men of Co. I to serve as their 2nd Sergeant. On August 27, 1862, Fahnestock and 96 of the Timber Township/Lancaster, Illinois volunteers, including 2nd Sergeant John M. Glasford, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out of Camp Lyon through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot and boarded the trains bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, which was located across the Ohio river from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade in pursuit of Confederate troops. On October 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 coming years.
After the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the Confederate troops withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, arriving there on November 7, 1862. There they went into camp at Edgefield, Tennessee, located on the outskirts of Nashville. On the 9th of December, McCook's Brigade were moved into Nashville, where they would go into winter camp. Sometime before January 5, 1863 something occurred involving 1st Sergeant Albert L. Bollinger, the 1st Sergeant of Co. I. Whatever it was, Bollinger was demoted to the rank of Private. An election was held among the men of Co. I and 2nd Sergeant John M. Glasford was elected to serve as 1st Sergeant. John would serve in this capacity for the remainder of his time in service.
During the next year and a half, John would serve faithfully as Co. I's 1st Sergeant. In the fall of 1863, the men of McCook's Brigade would participate in the Campaign for Chattanooga, and were engaged with Confederate troops again in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. On October 13, 1863, after the Battle of Chickamauga, Captain Fahnestock was promoted to Major in the 86th. 1st Lt. Abner A. Lee, of Co. I, was promoted to Captain to replace him. Now, almost 16 months after they had left Peoria, on a good day, Captain Lee could muster 50 men out of those original 97.
In late December of 1863, the men of the 86th began preparing for winter again and were busy building shanties in north Georgia near McAfee's Church on the edge of the Chickamauga Battlefield about six miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. They remained here until February, when the opening movements of what would become known as the Atlanta Campaign would begin. During the next four months, the men of the 86th were witness to and participants in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting to be seen in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia and Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. It was at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia on June 27, 1864 where the 86th suffered the most.
On that fateful day, June 27, 1864, approximately 500 men of McCook's Brigade were killed, wounded or captured in less than 30 minutes. Over 110 men of the 86th Illinois of the approximate 400 men who made the charge on Cheatham Hill, were killed, wounded or captured in less that 30 minutes. Captain Lee certainly led a company with less than 50 Timber/Lancaster men, perhaps less than 40, up the hill that morning. Thirty minutes later, 16 of them had been killed or wounded.
After Kennesaw was finally taken, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on toward Atlanta. In July the men of McCook's Brigade were briefly engaged at Peach Tree Creek, the 86th suffering 10 casualties. In August of 1864, the 86th suffered 6 casualties in fighting around Atlanta. On September 1, 1864, the men of McCook's Brigade were heavily engaged with Confederate troops in the Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia. The 86th suffered 16 casualties. 1st Sergeant John M. Glasford was killed by a bullet in the chest.
After the battle, the body of 1st Sergeant John M. Glasford was buried on the Jonesboro battlefield. Allen L. Fahnestock and the men of Co. I, saw to it that John's grave was marked with a wooden marker indentifying him.
Several years later, in 1866 and 1867, the Union dead who had been killed in the fighting around Atlanta, were exhumed and moved to the Marietta National Cemetery, north of Atlanta. By the time this occurred, the identification of many of the Union dead had been lost. Today, nearly 10,000 Union soldiers lie buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, more than 3,000 of whom are unidentified. For more than 140 years, the earthly remains of 1st Sergeant John M. Glasford lay buried in the Marietta National Cemetery under a tombstone marked simply, UNKNOWN U.S. SOLDIER.
Years later a monument was purchased by one of John's great granddaughters, Nellie Glasford Frison, of 2228 N. Lehman, Peoria, Illinois, which was placed in the Lancaster Cemetery near the earthly remains of many of the men that 1st Sergeant John M. Glasford fought and died beside during the Civil War.
Then in 2011, the grave of 1st Sergeant John Milton Glasford was located. The story was told in the February 3, 2011 edition of The Glasford Gazette:
A wreath was laid today at the grave of John Milton Glasford, late of Lancaster, Illinois. This act had been impossible for the past 146 years, as Glasford's remains have been lost since his death in the Civil War Battle of Jonesboro, GA, September 1, 1864. But earlier this year they were found!
Glasford served in Company I of the 86th Illinois infantry, under Col. Allen Fahnestock. His brother Samuel is considered the founded of the town of Glasford, after the war in 1868.
Brad Quinlin, originally from Monmouth, IL, is a Georgia historian devoted to identifying remains of Union soldiers interred in the Marietta National Cemetery. In March 2010 Quinlin appeared in 'Who Do You Think You Are,' a TV show which delves into ancestors of famous people. In that episode, he identified the grave of the great-great grandfather of the actor Matthew Broderick, who died at the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
Carol Sleeth, a great-great granddaughter of Glasford's, lives in Atlanta and saw the show. She called Quinlin the next day and asked whether he could do the same for her...and he did!
Glasford enrolled in the Union Army on August 8, 1862. He was recruited by Col. Fahnestock, a neighbor and fellow cooper, who wrote the following in his journal: 'In the charge (of CSA lines in Jonesboro, GA, 1 Sep 1864) I lost my old friend and orderly John M. Glasford. We buried him in the field and put a board to the head of his grave...he was taken up and buried with the unknown. He always said he would be killed and never live to get home and had a fear of being buried in the accursed South so far away from home and friends.'
Then Fahnestock lists two casualties that day: Glasford from Company I and Silas Smith from Company F. These two were buried by their comrades where they fell, 'on the farm of James F. Johnson, 1 mile N of Jonesboro and 50 yds N of the rebel works.' They placed a headboard at the site and made notes of the arrangements and clothing of the bodies.
Almost three years late, on June 16, 1867, both bodies were removed by a re-interment squad to the new Marietta National Cemetery. Because the headboard had disappeared and personal effects had been taken home to the families, the squad could not identify them.
Quinlin already had in his possession the location of the two numbered graves filled in Marietta that day. The only remaining task was to sort them out, and he did that by scouring records in the National Archives in Washington DC. There he found the notes of the re-interment squad which made it clear that Glasford was placed in the plot in Section K now numbered 3288. Thus nearly a century and a half later, that plot received its long-overdue recognition and a salute on National Wreath-Laying Day."
So today, Thanks to some hard work by Brad Quinlin, the earthly remains of 1st Sergeant John Milton Glasford are now known to rest in Grave #3288 in Section K of the Marietta National Cemetery.
After her husband's death, Margaret (Fuller) Glasford was married to James Owens on December 18, 1864 in Peoria County. Margaret died on __________ __, 1901 and her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lancaster Cemetery in Lancaster Cemetery, not far from the cenotaph to her first husband, Sergeant John Milton Glasford.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Glasford family, who might be able to add the biographical material that we have on Sergeant John M. Glasford and the Glasford family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any other pictures of John M. Glasford that may have survived the years added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

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  Margaret Fuller Owens (1833 - 1901)
  William D. Glasford (1857 - 1891)*
  Marion Heenan Glasford (1861 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section K, Grave # 3288
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Apr 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68204929
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