|Birth: ||Jan., 1838|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1904|
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
SERGEANT JOHN H. CLEVELAND enlisted from Mason county at the age of twenty-five years, was chosen corporal at the organization of the company, and was promoted sergeant. He served with his company through all campaigns and battles in which the regiment was engaged until wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 19, 1864. As a result of this wound his right are was amputated, and he was confined in the hospital to the close of the war. He was absent on account of wound when the regiment was mustered out, and was honorably discharged from the hospital soon after. A piece of a percussion cap from his gun struck him in the face in one of the battles he was engaged in, making what was thought at the time an insignificant scratch. But that slight wound never healed, and now he is supposed to be dying at his home in Easton, Ill., from the effects of a wound from the poisonous caps.
Company B was enrolled at Havana by James R. Griffith between July 18 and August 22, 1862. This company was credited to Mason, but in fact very many of the men enlisted from Fulton county. Unfortunately the muster-in roll of this company is defective, seldom if ever giving the residence at enlistment, and not often the occupation or birth-place of the men.
At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: James R. Griffith, captain; Charles W. Pierce, first lieutenant, and John A. Mallory, second lieutenant.
The company was mustered in with 96 officers and men, of whom 11 were killed in battle or died of wounds received in action, and 19 were wounded who lived to be discharged or mustered out, 12 died of disease, 22 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and but 33 present at the final muster out.
During the three years' service Company B was never found wanting, and now at the end of thirty-five years its survivors look with pride upon its record. Three of its members lost and arm and seven were killed within thirty minutes at the battle of Peach Tree creek
Mason City Cemetery
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