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John W Breckenridge

  • Birth 12 Jul 1833 Canada
  • Death 20 Dec 1911 Fulton County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 61784934

85th ILL Inf Co B

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

Pages 360-374

JOHN W. BRECKENRIDGE was born in the province of Canada West, July 18, 1837, emigrated to Lockport, Will county, Illinois, in the spring of 1850, and settled in Fulton county in 1857. He enlisted from Fulton county and served through the Kentucky and Murfreesborough campaigns and to Franklin, Tenn. In the winter of 1862-3 he was taken prison and held for a short time, being stripped of nearly all his clothing, pockets rifled, and nearly every thing taken except a small pocket testament. In the summer of 1863 he was transferred to Company C, Eighth Veteran reserve corps, and was discharged there from October 2, 1863. Was a farmer before and since the war, and has held the following offices in Waterford township: School director and township clerk ten years, supervisor (member of county board) four years. His post office address is Lewistown, Ill.

Company B was enrolled at Havana by James R. Griffith between July 18 and August 22, 1862. This company was credited to Mason, nut in fact very many of the men enlisted from Fulton county. Unfortunately the muster-in roll of this company is defective, seldom if ever giving the residence at enlistment, and not often the occupation or birth-place of the men.

At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: James R. Griffith, captain; Charles W. Pierce, first lieutenant, and John A. Mallory, second lieutenant.

The company was mustered in with 96 officers and men, of whom 11 were killed in battle or died of wounds received in action, and 19 were wounded who lived to be discharged or mustered out, 12 died of disease, 22 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and but 33 present at the final muster out.
During the three years' service Company B was never found wanting, and now at the end of thirty-five years its survivors look with pride upon its record. Three of its members lost and arm and seven were killed within thirty minutes at the battle of Peach Tree creek.

History of Fulton County, Illinois; Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 936, Waterford Township

John W. Breckenridge came to Fulton Co. in 1854, and is engaged in farming upon sec. 1; was born in Canada July 18, 1836, and is the son of John and Margaret (Eaton) B. He married Adaline Preyir in 1858, who bore him 4 children, - 3 boys and 1 girl - 2 of the former only are living. He and his wife are both members of the M. E. Church. Mr. B. has been School Director 1 years, Town Clerk 6 years, etc

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John W Breckenridge (12 Jul 1833–20 Dec 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61784934, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Debra (contributor 47324320) .