|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1839|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1897|
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 450 - 469
CAPTAIN IRA A. MARDIS was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, December 23, 1839, attended Granville college at Granville, Ohio, removed to Illinois in 1861 and was teaching in Fulton county when he enlisted from Woodland. He was chosen first sergeant at the organization of the company, was promoted first lieutenant May 14, 1862, and to be captain August 29, 1864. He served with his company through all the campaigns in which the regiment was engaged, commanded the company from the time he was commissioned captain until the close of the war and was mustered out with the regiment. He returned to Illinois and engaged in teaching, but some years later removed to Denver, Colo., where he died April 21, 1897.
Recruiting for Company H was commenced on July 31st, and by the 6th of August, 1862, the first of two companies enlisted at Astoria had been enrolled. As with Company G, this company stands on the record as having been enrolled by the FHon. S. P. Cummings. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Nathaniel McClelland, captain, Luke Elliot, first lieutenant, and William Cohren, second lieutenant.
During the three years' service 29 of this company were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed action , 1 died of wounds, 24 received wounds from which they recovered or were discharged, 6 officers resigned, 11 men died of disease, 24 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and 45 were present at the final muster out.
Of Company H it may be fairly said that it performed its full measure of duty, bore its full share of hardships and suffered it full proportion of loss. The record of the regiment was made brighter by its harmonious action in camp and field, by its steady, soldierly bearing in battle, and its prompt and intelligent response to every call for duty.
Samuel Mardis (1798 - 1885)
Anne Kennedy Mardis (1801 - 1872)
Martha A McLaren Mardis (1844 - 1918)*
Maud Mardis (1872 - 1887)*
Marion Francis Mardis (1833 - 1864)*
Ira Atchison Mardis (1839 - 1897)
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