Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stained Glass Windows Dedicated to Civil War Soldiers

Several county churches have windows dedicated to members who fought in the Civil War. A window in the present Sanctuary of the Pisgah United Presbyterian church was dedicated in in the name of John Dennison.

DENNISON, JOHN       1835-1864
91st Illinois Infantry, Company F, (Private)

John Dennison was born February 11, 1835 to Alexander and Mary Ann Crane Dennison in Lukin Township, Lawrence County, IL.  The 1850 census shows John living with his parents and seven siblings.  On October 5, 1859 he married Louisa F. Irish.  A daughter, Mary Ida, was born to them in 1860, and another daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, was born in 1862.

On August 14, 1862, he joined Company F of the 91st Illinois Infantry as a Private for three years service.  He was mustered in with this newly organized Company F on September 8 at Camp Butler.  John listed himself as a married farmer with two young daughters and gave his residence as Lawrenceville.  
On October 1, 1862 his regiment left for the front and arrived in Shepherdsville, KY on the 7th.  

On December 27, after engagements with the forces of General John Morgan, in which the regiment sustained a loss of seven killed and a larger number wounded, the regiment surrendered and the men were paroled.  

On June 5, 1863, they were exchanged, newly armed, and equipped for their return to the war.  The regiment was sent to Louisiana where in September, 1863, they were engaged in a fight with the enemy near the Atchafalaya River, the result of the contest being that the enemy held their ground and the brigade fell back six miles.  On the following day, the brigade again advanced, driving the enemy across the river. 

On November 6, 1863, they started for Brownsville, TX skirmishing all the way with the enemy, reaching Fort Brown on November 9 when they went into winter quarters, where they remained until December 31.  John became ill and died of disease on April 21, 1864 at Brownsville, TX.


A pension application was filed by his widow, Louisa.  She received a pension of $8.00/month.  On February 8, 1872 she married Victor Harrison Gould in Lawrence County.  He filed for a pension as guardian for her two daughters which was to be given until the age of 16 for Mary Ida to end on July 15, 1876, and March 22, 1878 for Sarah Elizabeth.  Louisa died November 2, 1918 in Lawrenceville.

If you think one of your church windows was dedicated to a Civil War soldier please let John King or Flossie Price know (you may contact them at lawrencelore@gmail.com).  The researchers have completed their initial research of all 1200 + soldiers who enlisted and are now reviewing all the files.  So IF YOU have INFORMATION about any soldier NOW is the time to provide it to them.  A book will be written in the future and you want to be sure your ancestor's information is included if he was from Lawrence County.