|Birth||Feb. 27, 1838|
|Death||Aug. 3, 1933|
|Unit||17th Illinois Infantry, Company I|
Private Samuel Watson
Company I, 17th Illinois Infantry
Company A, 8th Illinois Infantry
Watson was born in Millersburg (Mercer County), Illinois on February 27, 1838. He was residing in Millersburg when he enlisted and mustered in the 17th Illinois Regiment on October 14, 1861. He served about 2 years and 8 months before transferring to the 8th Illinois Infantry on June 4, 1864. The term of enlistment had expired and the National Park Service indicates that all “veterans and recruits were transferred to the 8th Illinois Infantry” on that date. Watson served an additional 5 months and was discharged on November 2, 1864.
The 17th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During his enlistment, the regiment in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862).
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 18 killed and 7 wounded over 2 day of fighting.
Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
Battle of Jackson (MS) (May 14,1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Watson died on August 3, 1933 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon (Buffalo County), Nebraska. Watson was a member of the Warren Post (#113) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Gibbon.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.