Morton Wilson

Company H, 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Submitted by: John and Cindy McCachern


Morton Wilson died at his home in Melrose Township, October 13, 1900, aged 61 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was married September 22, 1864, to Hannah M., daughter of Ebenezer and Malinda Bartlett. His death was the first in the family. He leaves a widow and 11 children. They were all with him in his dying hours except Edwin C. of Snelling, California and Mrs. Mary Poorman of Anthony, Kansas. He leaves three brothers, Francis of Arthur, Joseph of Youngstown, Indiana, and George Russell, also one sister, Mrs. Mary L. Smith.

When our country was rent from civil strife, Mr. Wilson was among the first to offer his services to protect the flag. He enlisted June 21, 1861, in Company H of Grants old regiment, the 21st Illinois. He was in many hard fought battles and fell desperately wounded at Stone River. Previous to being wounded he had a severe attack of measles and the exposure on the march and in the field greatly weakened him. Then after receiving his wound he lay in the hospital a long time and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment term of three years. He believed in the God of all and his conscience was his guide.

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