|Birth||Dec. 25, 1842|
|Death||July 22, 1937|
|Cemetery||Broken Bow (Broken Bow)|
|Post||Washburn (Broken Bow)|
|Unit||15th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
Private Thomas Noonan
Company A, 15th Illinois Infantry
Noonan was born in Scotland on December 25, 1842. He was living in Seneca (LaSalle County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on May 24, 1861. Noonan served over 3 years with the regiment. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 at Cowan, Mississippi and was mustered on March 10, 1864. Noonan transferred to the Veteran Battalion (14th/15th Illinois Infantry) on July 20, 1864. The unit was formed with the consolidation of the 14th & 15th Illinois Infantry Regiments on July 1, 1864. During the spring of 1865, the battalion was reorganized into a regiment with new recruits. Noonan was transferred back to Company E of the 15th Illinois Infantry on March 24, 1865. He served about 6 months and was mustered out on September 16, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
During his initial enlistment with the 15th Illinois Infantry, the unit fought at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) on April 6-7, 1862. Forty-two members of the regiment were killed and 9 were wounded on April 6, 1862. While a member of the Veteran Battalion, the regiment was part of General Sherman’s “War to the Sea” from November 15 to December 10, 1864. After the Civil War, the reorganized 15th Illinois Infantry was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Their service included duty at Fort Kearney, Nebraska Territory.
Noonan died on July 22, 1937 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Broken Bow Cemetery in Broken Bow (Custer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Washburn Post (#98) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). In addition, he was a member of the Steedman Post (#180) of the GAR in Ansley, Nebraska.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.