The last post drew some great discussion on Facebook, and has brought forth another image I’ve been allowed to share on here.
The soldier pictured above is Private Lebbeus Allshouse, Company I, 78th Illinois. Lebbeus moved from Pennsylvania to McDonough County and farmed here before the war. A veteran of the Mexican war, he enlisted in the 78th in the fall of 1862; a year later he was captured at Rossville Gap, Georgia, during the retreat from Chickamauga. He died in Scott Prison, Richmond, Virginia, of smallpox on February 14, 1864. My thanks to Gregory James for the image, and to James R. Gill for more information about their shared ancestor.