|Birth||July 12, 1842|
|Death||Jan. 2, 1933|
|Unit||39th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
Musician Milton Sovereign
Company A, 39th Illinois Infantry
Sovereign was born in Hat Grove (Warren County), Illinois on July 12, 1842. He was residing in Chicago (Cook County), Illinois when he enlisted as a musician on September 14, 1861. Sovereign was mustered on October 11, 1861 and served a little less than 3 years. He was discharged on September 10, 1864.
The 39th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Chicago on October 11, 1861. The unit was assigned to duties in South Carolina and Virginia. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff (VA) from May 12 through 16, 1864. The regiment lost 14 soldiers, 39 were wounded, and 27 were captured in several days of fighting. In addition, the regiment was assigned to the siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia from June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865.
Sovereign died on January 2, 1933 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in York (York County), Nebraska. Sovereign was a member of the Anderson Post (#32) of the Grand Army of the Republic in York.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.