Aaron Briscoe


BirthDec. 4, 1841
DeathJan. 3, 1932
CemeteryOgallala (Ogallala)
PostThayer (Alexandria)
Unit61st Illinois Infantry, Company G

Sergeant Aaron Briscoe

Company G, 61st Illinois Infantry

Briscoe was born in Madison County, Illinois on December 4, 1841. The 20 year old farmer enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on February 24, 1862. Briscoe re-enlisted on April 5, 1864 at Little Rock, Arkansas and went on to serve about 3 ½ years with the unit. He was mustered out on September 8, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. Briscoe enlisted as a private and was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty.

The 61st Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Carrollton, Illinois on February 5, 1862. The unit fought in several major battles and campaigns during the War. Some of them include:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental casualty count was 14 killed, 11 wounded, 2 were captured, and 9 were reported missing.

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 9-July 4, 1863).

Briscoe died on January 3, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Ogallala Cemetery in Ogallala (Keith County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Thayer Post (#215) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Ogallala.

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


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