G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
47th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/16/61 Peoria, IL
Mustered In: 8/16/61 Peoria, IL
Mustered Out: 12/21/66 Selma, AL
Discharged: Springfield, IL
A three-year “western theater” unit, the 47th had its baptism of fire on 5/9/62 at Farmington, MS. In October of that year, following two additional engagements, it lost 30 killed and over 100 wounded at Corinth. In 1863 the 47th, via action at Jackson, moved to Vicksburg where, in the first charge upon the rebel works, it lost 12 killed and “quite a number wounded.” It next participated in the defeat of a Confederate force at Mechanicsville, MS. Spring 1864 found the 47th present at the capture of Ft. De Russy, LA and active in the battle of Pleasant Hill.
They then moved by steamer to Lake Chilcot. Disembarking and moving inland the unit completely routed a force under Confed. Gen. Marmaduke. That same fall, with terms of service expiring, the 47th was “consolidated” and “veteran zed.” Veterans and recruits of the original organization (196 strong) then left Memphis on an expedition into Arkansas and Missouri after Confed. Gen. Price’s raiding army.
The veteran detachment was next ordered to Chicago, IL to assist in quelling any rioting that might occur on the day of the 1864 presidential election. Their services not being required they were ordered to report to the superintendent of recruiting service at Camp Autler, Springfield, RI where ranks were swelled by 200 draftees.
1865 found the battalion-sized 47th moving to Mobile, AL via Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. At Mobile they took part in the reduction of Spanish Fort. Here they also received six new companies, which once more made the regiment “complete.”
Residence: Peoria, IL Age: 17. 8 yrs.
Enlisted: 12/29/63 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 1/1/64
Mustered Out: 1/21/66 Selma, AL
Highest Rank: Cpl.
Louis C. Ruble was born in Clinton, Ohio 4/19/46. All that is known about his birth family is that his Arkansas-born fathers’ name was Martin. In early 1864 the 5’3” teenage farm boy entered the U.S. Army. It appears he either enrolled under the name “Louis” or, at some point while in the service the spelling on his first name was changed. This secondary spelling would remain with him into his later years. Significant to Lewis/Louis’ military tenure is that late in 1864 his Company B was consolidated into Company A. At that time it appears private Ruble advanced to the rank of corporal, one which he would maintain until final muster.
Returning from the service, the former Union infantryman settled in Illinois. There, in 1869, he married Sarah Elizabeth Beam (b. 9/14/47). The couple would produce eight children: Florence (3/20/70), Sophia I. (11/20/72), L.K. (9/14/73), C.O. (2/11/76), Ed C. (4/26/78), R.C. (3/14/82), and F.L. (Frank) 3/20/92. Communities of residence for the Ruble family during these years included Washington (2 x), Grundley (where he married), Piper City, Eureka, and Roanoke, Illinois. In 1907 the Rubles were in Thomas, Austin Co., Oklahoma.
When and why they came to the Puget Sound area is not known. However, it was in Snohomish on 1/21/16 that Lewis/Louis, age 69.8 years, died. His obituary read, in part, as follows: While holding a telephone conversation with Lew Paramore (G.A.R. Row 19 Site 1) L.C. Ruble was suddenly stricken with death… Drs. have not decided what caused his death, whether heart failure or paralysis. Paramore noted nothing unusual except that Ruble stopped talking suddenly…
When Mrs. Ruble returned to her home at noon she found her husband, who was seemingly in the best of health when she left him in the morning, lying on the floor dead with the telephone receiver dangling on its wire, he leaves a widow, five sons and two daughters… and all but (son) Frank live in other parts of the country… Ruble was a member of the Modern Woodsmen of America… commander of Morton Post #10 of the G.A.R. and also held the position of secretary of the G.A.R. cemetery.” At death corporal Ruble was receiving a $23 per month government disability stipend. Sarah died 7/1/36 and is buried next to her husband.
Lewis Ruble was Post Commander in 1911.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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