Elgin H. Martin

Company B, 115th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

ELGIN H. MARTIN was born in Ohio June 5, 1842, and came to Illinois in 1858. He was one of four brothers who served the United States in the Civil War. The first brother enlisted in the 14th Illinois Infantry May1861, and died in November the same year. The second brother took the vacant place in the same regiment and was severely wounded a month later in the battle of Shiloh. In July, 1862, Elgin H. enlisted in Company B and participated in all its marches and engage- ments until February 24, 1864, when he was severely wounded in the battle in front of Rockv Face Ridge, Ga., which permanently disabled him from carrying a musket and thereafter his service was mostly on detached duty. He was made sergeant after the Chickamauga campaign, and later had command of the provost guard of the "Iron Brigade." Since the war Sergeant Martin has been continuously connected with the press. During President Harrison's administration he served as postmaster of Shelbyville, Ill., where he now resides.

Source: History of 115th Reg ILL Vol. Infantry
By: Isaac Henry Clay Royse
2nd Lt. Co. E
Published 1900 Windsor & Kenfield Pub. Co. Chicago
Library # 973.7473R892
Terre Haute, IN. July 1900

Submitted by William Baran

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