|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1840|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1864|
LTC Elliott was appointed Captain of Co. H, 102nd OVI, on July 23, 1862, and just before leaving for the field he was married to a daughter of Zenas Crane. He was promoted to Major on March 6, 1863 and to LTC on April 23, 1864. On 24 September 1864, while the regiment was stationed in Decatur, AL, he was placed in command of three hundred men--all that could be spared--to march in relief of Ft. Henderson near Athens, AL, that was under siege by confederate cavalry under the command of CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. Within three miles of Athens Elliott's command was met by General Forrest with a greatly superior force. His little band fought and drove back many times its own number and would have entered the fort had it not been surrendered before their arrival. Elliott's force had maneuvered to within a quarter of a mile of it when its guns were turned upon them and he was met by a fresh brigade of rebels under General Warren. Soon his ammunition was gone and he was completely surrounded. At this juncture General Warren commanded his orderly to "shoot that officer" (pointing to LTC Elliott) and a moment later he fell mortally wounded in the head. He lingered for nineteen days under the care of a family in a nearby home, but the ball could not be extracted. Most of the time he was wildly delirious, talking almost constantly of wife and home, but during his lucid intervals he gave good evidence that he was conscious of his approaching death and that he was sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having made a profession of his faith in February 1862. He died of his wounds on October 13, 1864, and was buried near Athens. There is no evidence that he was wounded by Forrest himself as the headstone inscription might seem to indicate. This headstone was executed in Wooster, Ohio, believed to be in accordance with the instructions of the LTC's wife Emily, and sent to his original grave. When the LTC was reburied in the Stones River National Cemetery the stone went with him. After the war, Emily visited the home of the people in Athens who had cared for her husband, thanking them and giving them gifts.
Emily Crane Sturdevant (1841 - 1924)*
102 Regiment O.V.I.
Lt. Col. J. D. Elliott - Wounded September 24, 1864 in a battle fought at this place, between General Forrest and himself. Died October 13, 1864. Aged 24 years.
"Rest thee, Beloved. Eternity will give me back my dead." Wooster, Ohio
Note: This stone is believed to have been erected over the LTC's original grave in Athens, Alabama, and moved with his remains to SRNC. Scratches from the stone being slid onto and out of its conveyance still exist on its back.
Stones River National Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Pamela Kohl Spetla
Record added: Sep 14, 2002
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