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Jonathan Biggs
Birth: Sep. 19, 1826
Crawford County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1883
Westfield
Clark County
Illinois, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He was a successful farmer and dealer in livestock prior to the Civil War. In 1862 he helped recruit what would become Company F of the 124rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but rather than being mustered in as its Captain, he received a commissioned of Lieutenant Colonel for the regiment. He served as second-in-command until October 7, 1863, when the unit's commander, Colonel James Monroe, was killed in action at the Battle of Farmington, Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel Biggs would go on to lead the regiment through to the end of the war, and would be wounded three times during his service. His last wounding, a gunshot through his lungs at the April 2, 1865 Battle of Selma, Alabama, would end his field service, and see him briefly captured by the forces of Confederate cavalry general Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "long, faithful and gallant services", and he would be honorably mustered out on June 28, 1865. His post-war career involved him serving as an Internal Revenue Collector in Illinois, and as an Indian agent in Arizona. Very active in veterans affairs though the end of his life, he never fully healed from his severe Selma wound, and it would contribute to his passing away in October 1883. (bio by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern) 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Biggs (1807 - 1868)
  Jane Boyd Biggs (1807 - 1872)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary E. Brookhart Biggs (1828 - 1904)
 
 Children:
  Catherine Biggs (____ - 1855)*
  Charles Biggs (1852 - 1889)*
  Philena Biggs (1856 - 1875)*
  Dilla Smith (1859 - 1909)*
  Sophia Biggs Tourtillott (1861 - 1934)*
  Lydia Bennett (1867 - 1930)*
  Catherine Biggs Swinford (1869 - 1949)*
  Lilly Jane Biggs Bennett (1873 - 1942)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jonathan Biggs (1826 - 1883)
  Solomon Biggs (1826 - 1873)*
  Rachel Biggs (1832 - 1858)*
  Abigail Biggs Bean (1833 - 1859)*
  James Biggs (1836 - 1892)*
  Adam Biggs (1837 - 1912)*
  Phidilla Biggs Lee (1840 - 1868)*
  Nancy Biggs Stewart (1842 - 1904)*
  Hannah Biggs Redman (1844 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Age 57 years, 1 month and 10 days
 
Burial:
Good Hope Cemetery
Westfield
Clark County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Record added: Jan 16, 2009
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- Linda Davis
 Added: Oct. 29, 2016
General, thank you for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Sep. 19, 2016

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 Added: Sep. 19, 2016
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