Samuel Hartzell

BirthDec. 25, 1844
DeathSept. 7, 1934
CemeteryElmwood (Elmwood)
Unit93rd Illinois Infantry, Company G

Private Samuel Hartzell

Company G, 93rd Illinois Infantry

Hartzell (also spelled Hartsel) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 25, 1844. Along with his parents, he moved to Orangeville, Illinois in 1855. He was residing in Buckeye (Stephenson County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment for 3 years. He enlisted and was mustered on October 13, 1862. He served about 32 months and was mustered out on June 23, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

The 93rd Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago on October 13, 1862. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 15-17, 1863).

Battle of Missionary Ridge (TN) (November 25, 1863).

Battle of Allatoona (GA) (October 5, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War. Four officers and 147 enlisted men were killed in combat. One officer and 142 enlisted men died due to disease. The total loss was 294 men. The Battle of Champion’s Hill was the most costly battle. Thirty nine men were killed, 4 were wounded, and 4 were reported missing.

Hartzell moved to Nebraska in 1881. He died on September 7, 1934 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Elmwood (Cass County), Nebraska.

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