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Baxter B. Fite III (#47203738)
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Bio Photo April 2010. I am a soon to be 56 year old genealogist and historian that especially loves tracking down the Civil War Veterans who came from Central Illinois. My primary interest, since 1985, has been to find the last resting place of the 992 men who served in the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. I have traveled extensively to photograph the tombstones of veterans of the 86th, but, I have always been aware that I was never going to get pictures of all of their tombstones. But. then someone told me about Find A Grave. In the five months that I have been a member of Find A Grave, Thanks to the many wonderful people who use Find A Grave, I have seen pictures of tombstones of veterans of the 86th that I never dreamed that I would ever see pictures of. I can't begin to tell you how Thankful I am for all of the wonderful people that have helped me see pictures of those monuments to veterans who gave so much to preserve our union. I will forever be indebted to all of you. Thanks for all you have done!!
I am also trying to consolidate the Find A Graves sites for all of the 86th into Virtual Cemeteries. If you go to my Virtual Cemeteries you will find a number of ways that you can search for the veterans of the 86th. I hope all with an interest will learn more about the 86th and the men who served in her in this way.

P.S. As of December of 2013, I have found the final burial site of all by 89 members of the 86th. I could use any and all help in finding out about these last 89 men.

September 2011. Through the years, there has been a poem which explains why I have been doing what I have been doing. It is one of my favorite poems and I have read it countless times at Memorial Day service and Veteran's Day services. It is now our job to not let people forget "our Boys in Blue."

"When the Boys in Blue Are Gone" by John Hendricks

When the comrades have departed,
When the veterans are no more,
When the bugle call is sounded
On that everlasting shore.
When life's weary march is ended,
When campfires slumber long;
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Who will tell about their marching,
From Atlanta to the Sea?
Who will halt, and wait, and listen,
When they hear the reveille?
Who will join to swell the chorus,
Of some old, Grand Army song?
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Sons and daughters of this nation,
You must tell of triumphs won;
When on earth our work is ended,
And the Veteran claims his own.
You must all cherish Old Glory,
And its teachings pass along.
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

To that flag, our country's emblem,
You must pledge allegiance, too.
To that flag, our nation's emblem,
May your hearts be ever true.
That the nation be protected,
'Gainst injustice, and all wrong;
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

You must keep your country's honor,
From each stripe withhold all stain;
You must take the Veteran's places,
And repeat the roll of fame.
You must keep your country's honor,
And your flag above all wrong,
Then we'll trust you with the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

John Hendricks was the last living Veteran of the 89th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The poem expresses his concern that the Union Soldiers,
the "Boys in Blue", not be forgotten by future generations. And since 1985, I have been trying tel tell their story and will continue to tell their story until the day I die.

I have walked through hundreds of cemeteries in my first 57 years and hope the Lord allows me to walk though a few more. It saddens me to think that most of these people have been forgotten about by too many of us. Ben Franklin once said, "One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead." I have walked through many a cemetery over the years where it truthfully doesn't look like we remember or care for our dead at all. The Old Methodist Church Cemetery in Eureka, where Private John Wiley Adams, of Co. A, is buried, and the plowed over cemeteries or overgrown cemeteries that I have seen and walked through are examples of this. And speaking of Private John Wiley Adams, take a few moments and read about the terrible way his grave and the graves of the other people buried there have been treated.


Wandering among the stones I see
The stones so weathered and worn
‘Tis difficult to find the date
On which the babe was born

I stare at the stone and am struck with awe
At the life that I knew was gone
This was someone's child, a babe so sweet
With loved ones to carry on

So I take a photo for all to see
For the family that remains
An everlasting memory of
A child of God's domain

I brush the weeds back from the stone
And say a silent prayer
For the babes that had no chance to live
And for mothers everywhere

The dove calls out it's mourning song
Among the stones so still
Echoes of the woes, through time
The choirs of despair

The stone will someday perish
The flowers will be gone
But a photo now remains of this
Their memory lives on!

And so my friend, don't hesitate
To film the weathered stone
Those who live within your hearts
Are never truly gone.

Author Unknown

I just want to Thank the creators of Find A Grave for creating this site. It has been a wonderful place for me to leave some of the information that I have accumulated over the past 26 years about the 86th "Boys in Blue." I also again want to Thank all of the photographer volunteers who have taken their time to search out and to photograph so many tombstones of 86th veterans, that I KNEW, that I was NEVER going to see in person and that I was NEVER EVER even going to see a picture of. Thanks for getting those pictures for me and for all who have an interest in them in the future. It is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!



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david thomas
Andrew Scott Co. K

Look up the Sons of Veterans Grave Registration for Andrew Scott. It tells of his being wounded in the left forearm at Stone River.

Also wounded at Stone River while with the ammunition train was:

Private William Jones of Company F. He broke his shoulder while trying to escape or hide by running down a hill and hitting a tree.

You asked if I had a list of the men detailed to the ammunition train...sorry I do not. If there is documentation of James Worrell, of Company B, being with the train, then I would say he was. I have him listed as being wounded twice, but at this time, I don't know where or how.

If you find any mention of men of the 86th at Stone River, such as related in James Worrell's obituary, they must have been with the ammunition train and holding it at all cost until re-enforcements arrived, which took several minutes. Retaining the armies desperately needed ammunition could very well have prompted a field promotion for James Worrell and the presentation of his sword.

How many of the 86th were detailed and from what companies, I have no information of. To teamster and guard a valuable train of ammunition would, I should think, take a large part of the regiment. I only know of the two wounded, William Jones of Company F and Andrew Scott of Company K.

Dave Thomas
Added by david thomas on Mar 01, 2015 8:29 AM
david thomas
RE: Private Andrew Jackson Scott, Co.K, 86th Illinois
Hello Baxter;

We have talked before. As I am reaserching the entire Brigade the 86th Illinois was in. I am not a relative, nor do I have a photo of Andrew Scott. I did send you a photo of another member of the 86th. At present, I do not have my reasearch material in front of me as I am away. I have researched the 85th, 86th, 110th, 125th Il., 52nd Ohio, 22nd and 37th Indiana. All having been in the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 14th Army Corps.

The 86th was not "in" the battle of Stone River, but some of their companies were near it. They were part of the wagon train teamsters and guards for the ammunition train that left Nashville to bring supplies to the army of the field. That is how Stone River comes into play in their history of anyone who may have been detailed to that train. As I stated, the train was captured for some minutes and a fight was held until federal re-enforcements arrived and scattered the rebel cavalry.


Dave Thomas
Added by david thomas on Feb 27, 2015 9:57 PM
Nela and Roberta
Anna Toombs
According to cemetery records her husband Richard is buried next to her. I should have photos sometime soon.
Added by Nela and Roberta on Feb 27, 2015 12:22 PM
B.J. Waters
Mary Wileman
Hello! I am adding the links you suggested. Here is a helpful tip: If you are submitting names of parents of a married woman, please also send a separate Edit request to enter her maiden name. It is not done automatically when links to parents are added. Having the maiden name in its proper field will help people who are searching by that name, rather than the married name.

Also, I would be happy to help you find any Illinois Civil War vet headstones at Inglewood Park Cemetery, near my home. Inglewood has a website with a database that they are currently building, hoping to list all of the vets in that cemetery. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

Added by B.J. Waters on Feb 17, 2015 1:41 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: The men of Co. G, 86th Illinois
Hi Baxter, No I haven't had a chance to do a lot on here lately. I will check it out and see if I can come up with any of them. Have a good week.
Added by Deb McCallister on Feb 17, 2015 5:06 AM
Civil War Vet James Gleason

There is a some confusion I am hoping you might be able to help clear up. James Gleason's Civil War military marker in St. Anthony Cemetery, Hennepin, IL (or, is it in Riverside Cemetery, Hennepin, IL?) notes that he served in Co. F. 46th ILL. INF. I do find records which back the service data. Records also indicate that he transferred to the 46th from the 11th. Another source indicates that both a James Gleason Jr., AND a James Gleason, Sr., served in Co. K. 11th ILL INF.

Earlier, but at different times, I had entered James Gleason to both Riverside and St. Anthony Cemeteries. An obituary for James Gleason's Catholic funeral would seem to validate his burial in St. Anthony. The obit also states he lived in La Salle Co. at the time he mustered in and that he mustered out in 1865, in New Orleans, which may be useful clues for figuring this out.

The original record I used when entering him to Riverside does not discriminate between the two cemeteries in Hennepin, I don't think, so is rather unhelpful. However, as there are other Gleason's buried in BOTH Hennepin cemetries, I am led to wonder if there is a Gleason vet buried in each--father and son (Sr. and Jr. Gleason), perhsps.

To further complicate this, records note a James GLEESON (note "double E" spelling, which differs), also a resident of La Salle Co. (Peru), served in Co. I. 138th ILL INF. He mustered out in 1864.

Could you possibly help determine if there is a James Gleason buried in each of the Hennepin cemeteries and if so, who is which and served in what regiment and company? I am unsure who to contact about cemetery records and thought you might have access to military rosters I cannot access. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can offer--thank you!

cc to Find A Grave members Corey Meyer and SMC
Added by HJ on Feb 16, 2015 10:01 AM
Evelyn Jones Christensen
Harvey Westerfield
Baxter.....Happy to transfer Harvey to you. His memorial was created by my Find A Grave friend that died (read my contributor bio) and Find A Grave was good enough to transfer all his memorials to me to maintain...instead of no one maintaining them. Chuck would be happy to have someone take care of Harvey.

Any others I can transfer to you?

Added by Evelyn Jones Christensen on Feb 13, 2015 7:19 PM
children of Corp Cyrus Reed
You listed a Kate M Reed, born April 8, 1868, as a daughter of Cyrus Reed. I had discovered her in Hallock, IL in 1880 by searching, page-by-page, for any “Kate” of about the age of one James Duffy living there also. Kate Reed was the only Kate. They were about the same age. The James Duffy in my family tree married a Kate, but I do not have any evidence that it is Kate Reed. Do you have any information on Kate Reed’s marriage?
Added by pgduffyjr on Feb 12, 2015 1:36 PM
Sandra Lassen
Thank you for posting the stunning portrait of my 2nd great-grand uncle, Samuel Ross Yates. I have another photo of him from about the same time but this one is so much better!
Added by Sandra Lassen on Feb 10, 2015 12:57 PM
Chuck McKinley
Dewey Pembleton
The cemetery listing shows there was no stone for him I did walk the area any way and I have to agree with them there is no stone. I hope this picture I put in with the area will make up for it.
Added by Chuck McKinley on Feb 08, 2015 7:23 AM
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