|Birth||Jan. 25, 1843|
|Death||Oct. 5, 1920|
|Unit||41st Illinois Infantry, Company G|
Private John Wheeling
Company G, 41st Illinois Infantry
Wheeling (also known as Wheelon) was born in Connecticut on January 25, 1843. He was living in Taylorville (Christian County, Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on July 26, 1861. He was mustered in the unit on August 5, 1861 and served 3 years. Wheeling was mustered out on August 20, 1864.
The 41st Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Decatur, Illinois on August 5, 1861. During Wheeling’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862). Regimental losses were 13 killed and 8 wounded on February 15, 1862.
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 23 killed , 7 wounded, and 1 captured on April 6, 1862.
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 22-July 4, 1863).
Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863). Regimental losses were 19 killed and 7 wounded on July 12, 1863.
Wheeling died on October 5, 1920 at the age of 77 years. He is buried in the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery in Tilden (Madison County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Livingston Post (#282) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Omaha. In addition, he was a member of the Harvey Post (#182) in Tilden and the Emerich Post (#246) in Emerich, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.