Charles Shields

BirthAug. 19, 1844
DeathJan. 7, 1912
CemeteryHildreth (Hildreth)
PostWilliams (Axtell)
Unit16th Illinois Infantry, Company E

Private Charles Shields

Company E, 16th Illinois Infantry

Shields was born n Portage County, Ohio on August 19, 1844. He was living in Brown County, Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 22, 1862. Shields served about 34 months before he was mustered out June 12, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 16th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Quincy, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Cannon’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations in Georgia and Alabama against Confederate Generals Forest and Hood (September 29-November 3, 1864).

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

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

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

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).

Shields died on January 7, 1912 at the age of 67 years. He is buried in the Hildreth Cemetery in Hildreth (Franklin County), Nebraska. Shields was a charter member of the Williams Post (#202) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Axtell, Nebraska.

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