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Jonathan Biggs

  • Birth 19 Sep 1826 Crawford County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 29 Oct 1883 Westfield, Clark County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Westfield, Clark County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 32954255

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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  • Originally Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
  • Added: 16 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32954255
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Biggs (19 Sep 1826–29 Oct 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32954255, citing Good Hope Cemetery, Westfield, Clark County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .