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Lieut Joseph M. Plunkett
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1820
Cabarrus County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May, 1873
Menard County
Illinois, USA

son of John Houston Plunkett and Elizabeth Purviance Plunkett

Lucy Ann Cone
(has error of Combs on marriage lis.) December 08, 1842 Sangamon Co. Il.


Clara M. Plunkett
Sylvia A. Plunkett
Roscoe H. Plunkett

Their suggestion:
Hi Marge, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the 85th ILL Inf.

How nice that LT Joseph Plunkett is in the hands of family! Thank you for your families service to country.

Could you add some bio from an old history book?

please copy and paste:

History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten

Pages 408 - 419

FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH M. PLUNKETT, aged forty-five, born in Concord, Cabarrus county, North Carolina, and enlisted from Petersburg, Ill., where he was at the time city marshal. He was elected first lieutenant at the organization of the company; served through the Kentucky campaign, and resigned December 21, 1862. He returned to Petersburg, where he died in about 1870.

Company E was the Menard county company and was enrolled by Pleasant S. Scott, of Petersburg, under date of July 17, 1862. In this county were many people who had emigrated from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. These people were hardy, patriotic and brave, and most of them were strongly opposed to slavery. And these pioneers and their sons were prompt to respond to the call of the President for additional troops.

At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Pleasant S. Scott, captain; Joseph M. Plunkett, first lieutenant, and Abraham Clary, second lieutenant. At the organization of the regiment this company became the color company.

The record shows that the company had 3 killed in battle, 5 died of wounds, 2 were accidentally killed, 12 died of disease, 18 were discharged for disability, 13 were wounded who lived to be discharged from the service. Of the 81 officers and men who formed the original company but 21 went home together at the close of the war. Not so strong in numbers as some of the others, nevertheless this company made a record of which all its members should be proud.


thank you Debra for the information on Joseph's service record

Family links: 
  Lucy Ann Cone Plunkett Bacon (1824 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
Richland Baptist Church Cemetery
Pleasant Plains
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Marge
Record added: Aug 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29028346
Lieut Joseph M. Plunkett
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virtual cemetery 85th ILL Inf on my home page
- Debra
 Added: Nov. 19, 2010
For you Uncle Joseph
- Marge
 Added: Aug. 14, 2008

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