|Birth||Feb. 25, 1838|
|Death||June 4, 1932|
|Unit||79th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
First Sergeant Isaac N Thompson
Company A, 79th Illinois Infantry
Thompson was born in Elwood (Vermillion County), Illinois on February 25, 1838. He was residing in Elwood when he enlisted as a sergeant on July 12, 1862. Thompson was mustered on August 28, 1862 and served about 33 months. He was discharged on June 12, 1865 at Springfield, Illinois. Thompson was promoted to First Sergeant on March 1, 1863.
The 79th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Mattoon, Illinois on August 28, 1862. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862-January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 26 killed and 18 wounded. It was the most costly battle for the regiment during the War.
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kenesaw (GA) (June 27, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Battle of Jonesboro (GA) (August 31-September 1, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Thompson died on June 4, 1932 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Fairbury Cemetery in Fairbury (Jefferson County), Nebraska. Thompson was a member of 2 Nebraska Grand Army of the Republic Posts:
Russell Post (#77) in Fairbury, Nebraska.
Potter Post (#157) in Reynolds, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.