|Birth||March 8, 1845|
|Death||Jan. 17, 1935|
Corporal Levi Clifton
Company F, 85th Illinois Infantry
Clifton was born in Vermillion County, Indiana on March 8, 1845. He was residing in Spring Bay (Woodford County), Illinois when he enlisted as an 18-year old private on June 16, 1862. Clinton was mustered in on August 27, 1862 and served about 33 months. He was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Washington, DC. Clinton was promoted to corporal during his tour of duty. An exact date of the promotion was not available.
The 85th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on August 27, 1862. During Clinton’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (January 3, 1863).
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 25-July 1, 1864). Regimental losses were 25 killed in actions and 4 wounded.
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864). Regimental losses were 12 killed, 5 wounded, and 5 were taken prisoner.
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations in Georgia and Alabama against Generals Hood and Forest (September 29-November 3, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 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).
Clinton died on January 17, 1935 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Nemaha Cemetery in Nemaha (Nemaha County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Culp Post (#53) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Nemaha and the Thompson Post (#309) in Brownville, Nebraska.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.