Civil War & Dundee Township 1861-1865
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Colonel Jerome Davis
Jerome Davis enlisted on the outbreak of the Civil War, as a private
in the 52nd Illinois. During the Battle of Shiloh,
where the regiment lost 170 out of 500 men, he won the commission of
2nd Lieutenant. While bearing the regimental colors he
received a severe wound in the thigh. Comrades, under his
direction, gave as much crude first aid as they could, but he lost
consciousness and was left on the field for dead. Later, he was
moved to the deck of a steamer where he laid on the deck for two
days before his wound was properly dressed. He recovered and
during the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea, he progressed
thru the ranks until reaching the rank of Colonel. As a “Boy
Colonel” he led the 52nd in the Grand Review at
Washington on May 24, 1865.
- After the
War he graduated from Beloit College and entered the Chicago
Theological Seminary in 1866. During part of this time he
lived in Dundee, IL and was a member of the Congregational
Church, where he served as a clerk. Upon his graduation from
the Seminary, in 1869, he and his wife, Sophia Strong, moved to
Cheyenne, Wyoming where they took on the work of “Pioneer
Missionaries” . Two years later they sailed to Japan, being
only the third family to enter that land as Missionaries under
the American flag. With no one willing to sell or rent a house
to these “setter forth after strange Gods”, they finally
obtained shelter in an old heathen temple where their first
daughter was born.
Colonel Davis devoted
almost 40 years of his life in Japan where he finally died on
November 4, 1910.
By Marge Edwards
Dundee Township Historical Society
Opening Day March 11
Annual Meeting May 6
Dundee Township Pioneer Cemetery
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Historical Society Mission
Our mission is to
inspire appreciation in our rich local heritage by encouraging understanding
and preservation of the history of our township.
Dundee Township is an
area where new growth and historic preservation stand side by side. We
seek your active involvement in the Historical Society. Your financial
support by membership dues, donations, and gifts of time as a volunteer
(docent, library aide, special events volunteer, etc.) will allow us to
achieve our goals.
We Are History
Most recorded history starts as a
"word of mouth" story told from one person to another or handed down from
generation to generation. The age of video recording is changing
that, however there are still many "historical treasures" being "kept
secret" inside the memory banks of many making Us all a part of history.
It is our mission to record and share those treasures with everyone because
"We Are History".
Click below to Enjoy our new video
series with more to come:
St. James Episcopal church History
Williams, Church Vestry & Dths Board Member Shares the very interesting
story of how St. James Episcopal Church came to West Dundee, the
difficulties with moving one of the buildings across the Fox River and the
role she played with opening the Cornerstone, exposing a time capsule.
The History of St.
James Episcopal Church You Tube Video
Supplemental History of St. James Episcopal Church Adobe pdf document
2011 Season Opening Day Meeting
Township Historical society President, Marge Edwards, introduces Jim
Zingales who shares "the language of the civil war soldier".
Many sayings still used today, have origins that date back to the civil war.
Jim Zingales is the Former Camp Commander of the Sons of the Union Veteran,
an organization originally formed for the children of the soldiers of the
2011 Season Opening Day
Additional phrases of the civil
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