|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1839|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1920|
Database of 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor Volume 2 page 685
Friday, August 27, 1920 Daily Register-Gazette (Rockford, Illinois) Page: 20
T.J. Abbott Dead; Civil War Vateran
Rockford Resident For Many Years Expires At Age of Eighty-one
Was Severely wounded at Adairsville, Ga. - Member of Local Masonic Bodies.
Thomas Jefferson Abbott, veteran of the civil warand a resident of Rockford for sixty-one years, died suddenly at 10:30 o'clock Thursday night at his home, 222 Oakwood avenue. He was eighty-one years old.
Mr. Abbott was born at Stony Point N.Y., Jan. 11, 1839, and with his parents moved to Winnebago county to engage in farming in 1859. He enlisted Aug. 1, 1861 in Company G, 44th Illinois infantry.
He accompanied that unit to Camp Ellsworth, Chicago, and from there to St. Louis, where it was placed under the command of General Sigel and in the Missouri campaign engaged in his first battle at Pea Rige, Ark., March 6, 1862. Returning through Missouri his organization participated in the siege of Corinth, Miss. and later went to Lousville and Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati, taking part in the battles of Perryville, Crab Orchard, Stone River and at Tallahoma and Cowan Station, Tenn.
Then came the battles of Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge, with Mr. Abbott's company one of the first units to place the Stars and Stripes on the captured ridge. Continuing southward, the 44th fought at Franklin, Tenn, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. His companyreached Huntsville, Ala., and had just been transferred back to Tennessee when the surrender of Lee and collapse of the confederacy was announced.
Was Severely Wounded.
In the battle of Adairsville, Ga., Mr. Abbott received bullet wounds in eachhip. It was two years before one of the bullets was removed and six years before the wound healed. After the surrender of Lee his company was sent southward into Texas where it was mustered out, Sept. 25, 1865, Mr. Abbott holding the rank of first lieutenant and adjutant of his regiment.
While on a furlough home in 1864 he was married to Miss Adeline Kilburn, daughter of Milton Kilburn, Winnebago county's first probate judge. She died nearly twenty years ago. On Feb. 1, 1906, Mr. Abbott married Mrs. Harriet Griswold. She and four brothers, Asbury Abbott, of Beverly, Kan.; fred and Jacob Abbott, Eldora, Ia, and Spencer abbott, of Wisconsin, Survive. Mr. Abbott was a thirty-second degree Mason, member of Winnebago chapter No. 24, R.A.M., Crusader commandery No. 17, Knights Templar, Freeport Consistory, Tebala temple.
He was also one of the best known members of G.L. Nevius Post, No.2, Grand Army of the Republic.
Adeline E Kilburn Abbott (1846 - 1902)*
Harriet Janet Silsby Abbott (1849 - 1921)*
Harry Phelps Abbott (1889 - 1889)*
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