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                                        REGIMENTAL PERSONAL

Notes:   Highest rank obtained is recorded.  Spelling of names and home of records (which differ between sources) is from the Adjutant General’s Report Illinois Volume 5 dated 1901.  With inter-regimental personnel transfers, the company with the most significant service is used. V.R.C. is Veteran Reserve Corps.

Headquarters Staff and Officers

John E. Whiting  (1821-1866) enlisted on October 22, 1862 as a Colonel.  On October 3, 1862 he was commissioned at the commanding officer of the 87th Illinois regiment, of which he was instrumental in forming.  He resigned his commission on October 8, 1863 and returned to Carmi, which was his residence.  He was a lawyer and involved in local Republican politics, serving one term in the state legislature.   He died of Cholera on Oct 25, 1866.

John M. Crebs, (1836-1890), enlisted on October 3, 1862 as a lieutenant colonel and was mustered into the 87th.  On October 8, 1863 he was promoted to colonel and took command of the 87th.  He mustered out on June 16, 1865 at Helena, Arkansas.  His residence at time of enlistment was Carmi, Illinois. Was a lawyer before and after the war and was one of the largest landowners in White County.  He served two terms in Congress, 1868 and 1870, as the congressman from the 13th district of Illinois. He was the law partner of Chauncey S. Conger Sr.   

George W. Land enlisted on October 3, 1862 as a Major in the 87th Illinois regiment.  He died on December 4, 1864, of disease.  His residence at time of enlistment was Enfield, Illinois.

John S Anderson was promoted to major and replaced Major Land upon his death.  He mustered out on June 16, 1865. His residence at time of enlistment was Hamilton County

Daniel Berry, (1835-1915), was assisted as second-assistant surgeon for the regiment.  He was latter promoted to first-assistant surgeon. .  His letters of the 87th Illinois Volunteer Infantry is an invaluable resource to any conducting research on the 87th.  He was a schoolteacher at Grayville and Burnt Prairie before the war. After the war he went into medical practice with Dr. E.L. Stuart.  In 1867 he opened a local drug store. His residence at time of enlistment was Carmi.

Francis M Coulter was assigned as Quartermaster.  He mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865.  His residence at time of enlistment was Grayville.

John H. Cooper was assigned as Quartermaster for the regiment.  He died of disease on October 4, 1863. . His residence at time of enlistment was Fairfield.

Columbus L. Freedman was assigned as principal musician. .  He mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865.  His residence at time of enlistment was Edwards County.

John L. Handley was assigned as hospital steward.  He mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865. His residence at time of enlistment was Carmi.

John D. Martin was assigned as Adjutant for the regiment.  He mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865.His residence at time of enlistment was Grayville.

Henry M. Phelps was assigned as regimental chaplain. He enlisted on May 12, 1864 and was mustered out on June 16, 1865.  His residence at time of enlistment is unknown.

John Poindexter was assigned as Assistant Surgeon.  He was discharged on January 7, 1864. .His residence at time of enlistment was Hew Haven

Albert Randsom was assigned as the regimental Chaplain.  He resigned on September 4, 1863. . His residence at time of enlistment was Carmi.

William F. Scott was the regimental sergeant major.  He mustered out on June 16, 1865. His residence at time of enlistment was McLeansboro.

Dr. Elam L. Stewart was assigned as Surgeon for the regiment. He mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865. His residence at time of enlistment was Carmi.  After the war the returned to his medical practice and was the first mayor of Carmi.

William H Stokes was assigned as commissary sergeant.  He mustered out on June 16, 1865.His residence at time of enlistment was White County

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