|Birth||Sept. 26, 1843|
|Death||Jan. 23, 1933|
|Unit||2nd Illinois Cavalry, Company I|
Sergeant Dennis Sweeney
Company I, 2nd Illinois Cavalry
Sweeney was born in Ireland on September 26, 1843. He was residing in Pesotum (Douglas County), Illinois when he enlisted on August 6, 1861. Sweeney was mustered on August 12, 1862. He re-enlisted on January 5, 1864 at New Orleans and served about 4 years and 3 months. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal and sergeant during his tour of duty. His promotion to sergeant came on June 25, 1865. Sweeney was discharged at San Antonio, Texas on November 22, 1865.
The 2nd Illinois Cavalry was organized and mustered at Camp Butler, Illinois on August 12, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (LA) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Operations against Fort Blakely (AL) (April 1-9, 1865).
Sweeney died on January 23, 1933 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Fairbury Cemetery in Fairbury (Jefferson County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.