The 96th Illinois is a favorite regiment of mine, raised close to my home, who had their babtism of fire on Horseshoe Ridge, September 20, 1863. Recently, a descendant of one member of the 96th got in touch with me to share some interesting items.
Here is a picture of Charles Ellis’s weapon and leather gear:
Sergeant Ellis, appears to be Charles Ellis, born in Manchester England in 1820, and who enlisted at Waukegan Illinois as a Private in Company D, the 96th Illinois.
Charles took the oath on July 21st, 1862, just about 151 years ago. At 43, he was considerably older than most of the recruits in Union regiments, but he appeared to be hardy enough.
He was wounded in the foot on September 20th, during that wild struggle for Horseshoe Ridge, but recovered. He would rise to First Sergeant of Company D, and muster out in Nashville on June the 10th, 1865. He died in 1890, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan IL.
Thanks to Ken Ellis for passing on this picture and the other information he has shared with me.