Col Andrew J. Weber

Col Andrew J. Weber

Illinois, USA
Death 30 Jun 1863 (aged 23)
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 10, 152
Memorial ID 21594427 · View Source
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Colonel 11 Mo Inf
Wounded at Vicksburg.
Aged 22yrs, 9ms, 21dys.

Son of John B and Sarah A Woltz Weber.

ANDREW J., born Sept. 9, 1840, in Springfield. At the first call for seventy-five thousand men, by President Lincoln, in April, 1861, he, with other young men of Sangamon county, organized a company, but the quota of Illinois was already full. Andrew J. Weber was elected captain, and the company was sworn into the United States service as the 1st Reg. U. S. Rifles. After a number of changes it became Co. B, 11th Mo. Inf. More than nine-tenths of that regiment were Illinois men. Company B united with the regiment at St. Louis, July 20. 1861. It was fully organized on the sixteenth of August, and was in the battle of Fredericktown, Missouri, Oct. 21, 1861.

Captain Weber was promoted April 21, 1862, to major of the regiment. In the absence of higher officers he was in command of the regiment at the battle of Iuka, Sept. 17, and the battle of Corinth, Oct. 3 and 4, 1862, in which General, since Governor, and now United States Senator Oglesby, was shot and thought to be mortally wounded. General Rosecrans, in his report, says that the 11th Missouri, under Major Weber, led the skirmish which opened the battle, October 3, and also led the charge that drove the last rebel from the field on the fourth.

Major Weber was promoted and commissioned lientenant colonel, March 20, 1863, and commissioned colonel May 15, 1863, All his commissions were signed by Governor Gamble, of Missouri. Colonel Weber was wounded in the head by a cannon ball, while on duty, on the Peninsula, in front of Vicksburg, June 29, 1863. The wound at first was not thought to be mortal, but he died the next day, June 30.

According to military usage a single regiment only would have acted as an escort, but after the capture of Vicksburg, July 4, the whole brigade turned out and escorted his remains to the steamer, by which they were brought up the river, conveyed to Springfield, and deposited in Oak Ridge Cemetery, July 9, 1863. His native city may well cherish, with pride, the memory of this young hero, who rose by talent, energy and industry to a position far above his years, and yielded his young and gifted life, a willing sacrifice on the alter of his country. He was but twenty two years, eight months and seven days old when he was commissioned colonel of his regiment in the face of the enemy; an incident unparalleled in the history of our country. EARLY SETTLERS OF SANGAMON COUNTY - 1876, By John Carroll Power

The 16th Illinois Cavalry - Several companies of the 16th Illinois cavalry, under command of Major Beers, stationed at Camp Butler, came into the city yesterday to perform escort duty, to the remains of Col. Andrew J. Webber, of the 11th Missouri infantry, who died at Vicksburg. The remains did not arrive according to expectation, and the soldiers returned to camp. IL State Journal, Springfield, IL, 7-9-1863

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Gravesite Details Buried in Weber family plot; name also inscribed on the Civil War monument located in the middle of the old part of cemetery



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