|Birth||March 5, 1838|
|Death||Jan. 25, 1912|
|Cemetery||Mount Pleasant (Cairo)|
|Unit||74th Illinois Infantry, Company D|
Private Frederick Welch
Company D, 74th Illinois Infantry
Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)
Welch was born in New York State on March 5, 1838. He was residing in Rockford (Winnebago County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 8, 1862. He was mustered on August 28, 1862 and served about 28 months with the unit. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on January 15, 1865. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from disease/illness. The members performed light duty which allowed for able-bodied soldiers to be sent to front-line duties. The reason for Welch’s transfer was not available.
The 74th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Rockford, Illinois on September 4, 1862. During Welch’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).
Siege of Chattanooga (TN) (September 24-November 23, 1863).
Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).
The Assault on Kenesaw Mountain was very costly to the regiment. The unit lost 18 soldiers, 4 were wounded, 1 taken prisoner, and 4 were missing.
Welch died on January 25, 1912 at the age of 73 years. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Cairo (Hall County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Hackelman Post (#236) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Cairo, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Cameron Post (#92) of the GAR in Cairo.
A point of clarification on the Cairo Posts of the GAR is in order. Post #236 existed from 1887 to 1890 when the charter was surrendered. Post #92 was organized in 1905 and lasted until 1924.
Doc – Welch(74ILL).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.