|Birth||Dec. 10, 1843|
|Death||July 3, 1931|
|Cemetery||Mount Hope (Scotia)|
|Unit||23rd Illinois Infantry, Company B|
Private Joseph Drawbridge
Company B, 23rd Illinois Infantry
Drawbridge was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on December 10, 1843. He was residing in Buchanan (Berrien County), Michigan when he enlisted in the regiment on April 11, 1862. He was mustered in on May 14, 1862. Drawbridge served nearly 3 years and was discharged due to disability. Illinois records do not include a discharge date for Drawbridge. The Sons of the Union Veterans indicate that he was discharged on April 21, 1865.
The 23rd Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Chicago on June 15, 1861. During Drawbridge’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several military campaigns and battles. Some of them include:
General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).
Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).
Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 22, 1864).
Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond (VA) (January-April 1865).
Drawbridge died on July 3, 1931 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia (Greeley County), Nebraska. Drawbridge was a member of the Ransom Post (#36) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Scotia.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.