|Birth||July 7, 1842|
|Death||Nov. 26, 1933|
|Unit||96th Illinois Infantry, Company K|
Private Ellis W. Buser
Company K, 96th Illinois Infantry
Buser was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1842. He was residing in Warren (Jo Daviess County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 6, 1862. The 20 year old farmer enlisted for 3 years. He was mustered on September 4, 1862 and served for 33 months. Buser was mustered out on June 10, 1865 at Camp Harker, Tennessee.
The 96th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Rockford, Illinois on September 6, 1862. During Buser’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
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 Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 28-November 3, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
During 2 days of fighting at the Battle of Chickamauga, the regiment lost 37 soldiers, 12 were wounded, and 6 were reported as taken prisoner or missing.
Buser died on November 26, 1933 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Heim Cemetery in Dawson (Richardson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Volunteer Post (#164) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Dawson.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.