Hiram H. Shumate

Hiram H. Shumate

Birth
Andrew County, Missouri, USA
Death 1 Jan 1948 (aged 98)
Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot 2, 247-H
Memorial ID 2560500 · View Source
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HIRAM H. SHUMATE, Pvt. 3 Jan 1865 - 2 Jan 1868 13th Illinois Infantry.

"Hiram H. Shumate was recalled as a 'living symbol of the stout-hearted men who fought for the Union under Abraham Lincoln' when he died on New Year's Day 1948. Shumate was 98-years-old and the last surviving Civil War veteran from Sangamon County.

And up until his death, Shumate was devoted to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), a fraternal organization composed of Union Army veterans. He was serving a term as state commander of the organization when he died. Just six months earlier, perhaps feeling the responsibility of his position and despite declining health, he used an ambulance to get to Rockford for the group's annual encampment, or meeting. A nurse and his wife, Emma, accompanied him on the trip. Shumate was the only one of six remaining G.A.R. members living in Illinois who was able to attend.

According to his obituary, Shumate was a familiar site at veteran's ceremonies. 'Standing slightly bent in his dark blue G.A.R. uniform, he wore his favorite medal on the occasions, the colorful Veteran's Medal of the G.A.R., with a tiny Union flag suspended from crossed cannons and holding a medallion on which symbolic figures of the North and South were joined in peace.'

Shumate liked to tell the story about how he enlisted as a 15-year-old, telling the recruiter he was really 18. He enlisted for 100 days on May 20, 1864 and served with Company E, 133rd Illinois regiment in Rock Island. Upon his return to Springfield the next January, he reenlisted and ended up serving two years in the army. He said he never saw any fighting, but saw 'the wounded, and the dead and the dying.'

At the time of Lincoln's assassination, Shumate and his company were serving in Tennessee. He recalled a mock funeral they held for the slain president in which 20,000 soldiers participated. 'We stood at attention on a hillside and almost fell to our knees with every volley the cannon fired.' "
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Hiram H. Shumate was the son of Hiram H. Shumate, Sr., b. abt 1813, VA; and Elizabeth Jane Beauchamp. They were married 5 Dec 1838, Sangamon County, IL.

Hiram married his first wife, Louisa Drenna, 19 Nov 1974, Sangamon County,IL. She was born Jun 1850, Sangamon; d. 21 Jul 1908, Sangamon. Hiram married his second wife Emma between 1910-20. Her maiden name is unknown. In the 1930 census she is listed as being 11 years younger than Hiram. The burial location of both wives is currently unknown.

Hiram and Louisa had 2 children:
Joseph Shumate, b. abt. 1876
Sherman Shumate, B. abt. 1878


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  • Maintained by: Rosemarie Robson
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 2560500
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hiram H. Shumate (3 Apr 1849–1 Jan 1948), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2560500, citing Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Rosemarie Robson (contributor 50188319) .