John Weed


BirthSept. 13, 1839
DeathDec. 18, 1932
CemeteryMaple Grove (Bloomington)
PostAntietam (Bloomington)
Unit65th Illinois Infantry, Company F

Private John Weed

Company F, 65th Illinois Infantry

Weed was born in Pulaski (Oswego County), New York on September 13, 1839. He was living in Fremont (Lake County), Illinois when he enlisted as a corporal on March 6, 1862. Weed was mustered on April 26, 1862 and served a total of 3 years. He was mustered out on April 25, 1865 at Chicago. Weed was demoted to private from corporal during his tour of duty.

The 65th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas, Illinois on May 1, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the Siege of Harper’s Ferry (VA) (September 12-15, 1862). The unit was captured on September 15, 1862 and was paroled on September 16, 1862. It regiment was sent to Annapolis, Maryland and then to Chicago. It was declared exchanged and ordered to Kentucky in June 1863. For the remainder of the War, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (June 4-September 8, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Capture of Wilmington (NC) (February 22, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Weed died on December 18, 1932 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bloomington (Franklin County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Antietam Post (#131) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Bloomington. In addition, he was a member of the Garrison Post (#189) in Fletcher, Nebraska and the Gossard Post (#315) in Herman, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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