|Death||April 4, 1938|
Private Andrew G Church
Company H, 86th Illinois Infantry
Church was born in Peoria County, Illinois. Several sources indicate that Church was born on June 20, 1849. That date is probably incorrect. Illinois records indicate that he was 19 years old when he enlisted in the regiment on August 13, 1862. Based on that information, he was probably born in 1843. He was mustered in the regiment on August 27, 1862. Church served about 2 years 9 months before being discharged on June 6, 1865 at Washington DC.
The 86th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on August 27, 1862. During Church’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May-September 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 10-July 2, 1864). During several days of fighting, the regiment lost 31 soldiers and 66 were wounded.
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Church died on April 4, 1938 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Church was a member of the Webb Post (#18) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Fairmont, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the GAR in Lincoln.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.