G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10, Snohomish, WA
11th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 4/30/61 Springfield, IL
Mustered Out: 7/30/61 Baird’s Pt., MO
8th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 7/25/61 Cairo, IL
Mustered Out: 5/4/66 Baton Rouge, LA
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (11th)
Organized as a 3 month regiment in July 1861 the 11th was reorganized as a 3-year unit which, until its final muster, was to see hard service throughout the Western Theater of the war.
Early months of 1865 found the unit engaged in operations against Mobile, AL, which were to result in the fall of that city to Federal forces. The 11th next moved to Baton Rouge, LA where it was disbanded.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (8th)
Organized as a 3-month regiment, in July 1861 the 8th was re-mustered for three years. Active service “throughout the west” was to follow with engagements at Forts Henry and Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Mobile, and many “lesser known” locations.
By mid ’65 the 8th was encamped at Marshall, TX where it performed guard duty and took part in “occasional expeditions for the protection of government property and officials.” Lastly, the unit moved to Baton Rouge, LA where it received final muster.
Residence: Brookfield, IL Age: 35/36 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 2/28/65 Springfield, IL Rank: Private
Transferred: 7/14/65 (to the 8th IL.)
Mustered Out: 2/27/66
Highest Rank: Private
Aaron F. Powers, a descendent of one of the families that came to America on the Mayflower, was born in 4/20/1829 in St. Clair Co., IL per family information. The second of 11 children he learned the duties of farm life at an early age. At age 25 he started a farm of his own at Brookfield, IL. In 1856 Aaron married Margaret Leech who bore him one son, Robert W. (4/6/58). Mrs. Powers died in 1862.
In 1865, at the age of 35/36, Aaron entered in the U.S. Army with the 11th Illinois infantry. It was while with this unit at Springfield, IL and at Mobile, AL that he contracted chronic diarrhea and rheumatism. With the ending of the War of the Rebellion and the dissolution of the 11th IL Private Powers transferred to the 8th IL.
Leaving the army in 1866 he resumed farming n Brookfield. In 1874 Aaron moved to Adams Co., NE where he purchased 160 acres of farmland, a timber claim and a tract of railroad land. There he served in community affairs, was a member of the board of education, and active in the local Presbyterian Church.
In 1876 Mr. Powers remarried to Ann Clark, a native of Scotland. The union was to produce five children: John T. (12/26/76), Aaron C., Inez E. (4/30/80), Ida A. (8/20/82), Phebe (9/6/86). 1897 found the Powers family moving to Snohomish Co. They remained there until Aaron’s death on 2/20/05 at the age of 75 years.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
John E. Corbally & Family
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