Pvt Charles T Shepard
Charles T Shepard name: Shepard, Charles T
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. E, 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 1/18/1864 - 11/23/1865
Birth: 2/19/1848 Phelps Co, New York
Death: 1/??/1934
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Charles T Shepard

Mustered in at St. Charles IL after enlisting from Libertyville IL. Lists Danian, Lake County IL as his residence, occupation farmer, age 17. The 1860 census shows him living in Libertyville with his widowed mother Mary, his middle initial as T.

Per his enlistment record, he was born in Phelps Co, NY., census as IL. He was 5'6'' tall with light hair and blue eyes. Enlistment record shows T as his middle initial. Census records as both T and F. His 1st wife Miranda Hopkins has been abandoned by 1869 long before Charles is first found in Janesville. She was sent a note that said the body of a man found was ''thought'' to be her husband and apparently she assumed it was. Charles was traveling salesman prior to moving to Janesville. WSHS shows he married Julia A Richards on Dec 25 1877 in Rock County, eight years after his 1st wife assumed he had died. Julia died 24 Sep 1888 in Rock County. Julia was born about 1857 in Illinois, daughter of William and Ann who were both born in England. Charles can be found in the 1900 census with 3 of his children from this marriage living in Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin and he runs a boarding house. Nettie age 21, Frank age 18, and Arthur age 13 all born after his disappearance. He states his father was born in NY and his mother in NH.

His 1st family notes he ''disappeared'' about 1869.

In 1910 he may be the Charles T Shepard living with son Frank in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California. If this is the same Frank R and Charles T, Frank was b. 1 Jan 1882 and died Dec 1975 in LA. By 1920 his son Arthur W is in Spokane Washington. Its possible Charles died in CA or WA and was brought back to Janesville to be buried next to Julia.

Update: Oakhill cemetery records confirm that Charles died in California.

  17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry1

Organized at St. Charles, Ills., and 8 Companies mustered in January 28, 1864. Four Companies mustered in February 12, 1864. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., May 3, 1864. Equipped at Jefferson Barracks and moved to Alton, Ill. Guard prisoners there till August. 1st Battalion, Cos. "A," "B," "C," "D," ordered to St. Louis June, 1864, thence to District of North Missouri. Engaged in Escort and Provost duty at St. Joseph and Weston, Mo., till June, 1865. Cos. "C" and "D" moved to Jefferson City September, 1864. Defence of Jefferson City October 6-7. Joined Regiment. 2nd Battalion- "E," "F," "G" and "H" - ordered from Alton, Ills., to Glasgow, Mo., June, 1864, and duty there operating against Thornton's Command till September. Skirmish at Allen July 23 (Co. "G"). Huntsville July 24 (Co. "F"). Dripping Springs August 15-16 (Co. "F"). Columbia August 16 (Co. "F"). Rocheport August 20 (Co. "F"). Battalion moved to Rolla, Mo., arriving September 23, 1864. 3rd Battalion at Alton, Ills., till August, 1864. Moved to Benton Barracks, thence to Rolla, Mo., arriving there September 19. Operations against Price's invasion of Missouri September to November. Cover Ewing's retreat from Pilot Knob to Rolla, September 27-30. Moved to Jefferson City, Mo. Defence of Jefferson City October 6-7. Moreau Bottom October 7. Booneville October 9-12. Glasgow October 15. Little Blue October 21. Independence October 22. Hickman s Mill October 23. Mine Creek, Little Osage, Marais des Cygnes, Kansas, October 25. Returned to Springfield, Mo., thence moved to Cassville and Rolla, arriving November 15. Duty there till January, 1865. At Pilot Knob, Mo., till April, and at Cape Girardeau till June. Moved to Kansas and duty on the Plains till November. Mustered out Companies "C," "E," "I" and "M," November 23, and rest of Regiment December 15 to 22, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 86 Enlisted men by disease. Total 94.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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