"Pvt. James Logan Stratton" was born on October 8th, 1832, in Richland County, Ohio, the son of David Stratton.

Civil War: Pvt. James Logan Stratton served in the Civil War, in Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment in Henry County, Illinois. He survived 27+ battles and survived "four gun-shot wounds", while "refusing to be promoted, so he could fight with the 'boys". His cousin, David Stratton, son of Daniel & Rachel Logan, was a Captain, and as Major, in the 10th Regiment, Ohio Calvary, G Company. Both participated in Sherman's March to the Sea. The war records of the 112th Illinois were twice captured and destroyed by the enemy, and many diaries were lost or destroyed.

*** 2018 Update ***

Pvt James Logan Stratton - Timeline of Life Events:

1832/3 - Born in Richland County, Ohio. Parents: David Stratton & Mary Logan

1850, 18yo - living in Lost Creek, Ohio (census)

1852, 20yo - Married to Elizabeth Decker (b. 1839, 13yo, d. 1855, 16yo) in Illinois

1852, 20yo - heads West on the Organ Trail with 3 brothers during the Gold Rush (Daniel G., Thomas J., George W.)

1852, 20yo - brother George W. Stratton dies along Columbia River at The Dalles in Oregan/Washington border.

1854, 22yo - sails from Oregon to Cali to Mexico to Panama to NY and back home

1855, 23yo - son James Logan Jr born in Bradford, Illinois (Elizabeth)

1855, 23yo - Elizabeth dies, 16yo

1860, 28yo - married Priscilla Mills (b. 1836, 24yo, d. 1894, 58 yo) in Ohio
- 2 sons, 1 daughter(died infancy)

1862. 30yo - son Frank Leon born in Tontogany, Ohio (Priscilla)

1862, 30yo - Civil War enlisted Aug 22nd. Illnois 112th, Company C (27 battles, 4 gun shot wounds)
- brother John Rigdon - Illinois 52nd Light Artillery
- brother Thomas Jefferson - Illinois 134th Infantry, GAR member

1865, 33yo - Civil War mustered out, June 20th, North Carolina

1866, 34yo - Army of Heaven member

1867, 35yo - dau Mae Lillie born, Ohio

1870, 38yo - living in Strongsville, Ohio

1873, 41yo - son Fred Mills born, Ohio (Priscilla)

1876, 44yo - dau Mae Lillie dies, 9yo in Ohio

1880, 48yo - living in Tontogany, Ohio

1884, 52yo - mother Mary Valerie Logan dies, Ohio

1894, 62yo - wife Priscilla "Lillie Anne" Mills died, Jerico Springs, Missouri

1895, 63yo - came to Cope, Colorado in covered wagon from Jerico, Missouri (Frank's obituary)

1897, 65yo - "lived on plains of eastern Colorado til death" in an adobe house. fuel was dried cow "chips", gathered on the prarie.

1900, 68yo - brother Daniel G. dies in Colorado Springs, Colorado

1900, 68yo - living in Cope, Colorado

1904, 72yo - brother John Rigdon dies, Cedar, Missouri

1913, 81yo - died/burried in Cope, Colorado

Daniel G Stratton (Jame's brother who traveled on the Organ Trail with him) was the founder of the town of Jerico Springs, Missouri on June 09, 1882. The town was incorporated into a village on March 05, 1883 and the first extension of the town was called the Stratton and Bradley edition. The springs were called "The Fountain of Youth" by Mr. Stratton. The name of the town was derived from the ancient town of Jericho and Joseph B. Carrico, one of the original land owners where the springs are located. Obituary: D. G. Stratton, aged 71 years, died at his home, 1603 Colorado avenue, this morning after a long illness. The deceased had been suffering from brain trouble for some time. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, probably from Fairley Bros.' undertaking rooms on Pike's Peak Avenue.

"James Logan Stratton" - Findagrave.com by Linda Berney (6/26/2011)

" James Logan Stratton and his grand-daughter Hazel Stratton" - Findagrave.com by Linda Berney (6/26/2011)


"James Logan Stratton, center, with his 2 sons and their families." - Findagrave.com by Linda Berney (6/26/2011)



*** 2015 Update ***

A member of the Facebook page "112th REGT ILL VOL" found a copy of the 35th Annual Reunion of the 112th Illinois Volunteers at the Cambridge Library, dated to September 6th, 1900. Here is a letter writtin by James L. Stratton to the Reunion in 1900, that he couldn't attend:

"Cope, Colorado - August 27, 1900:

Mr. B. F. Thompson, Dear Comrade - I see by the National Tribune that the 112th would hold their reunion Sept 6. How I would love to meet once more with the boys of the dear old 112th, as back along the past we so often met upon the battlefield. Yes, I see by my discharge I was with the regiment in twenty-seven battles. Let us all remember the grand battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

Now, at this late day, I hasten to send greetings to one and all of the 112th present and absent. I am living in Cope, Colorado. Denver is our county seat. We are not far from the grand old mountains. Stock raising is our business here, and the health of the country is perfect.

Love to all of the old boys. Please send me a paper of the reunion.

With kind regards,
James L. Stratton, Co. C"

BOOK: The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, Nov 30, 1864, written by Jacob D Cox (Commander of Gen. Henderson, of the 112th Ill.)

Source: Wikipedia Commons Battle of Franklin (1864) page

On the 29th, Lieu. Sherbondy of Co. C, with 40 men, was not relieved when the line fell-back, and he and all his men were captured. (History of the 112th Reg Illinois, 1862-1865)

When the fighting started at 4:00 pm on the 30th, the Rebel artillery fire bombarded the 112th as the got into the trenches. Their Union artillery near them fired into the Rebel ranks, but they closed the gaps and continued towards the Union line. As the Rebels broke the main line, Opdyke's and Strickland's men rallied and regained the line. All the while, the entire 112th, the reserve of Henderson's brigade, was upon his feet, looking with breathless anxiety upon the furious struggle, but denied the honor of taking part in it. (When marching, brigades would swap positions each night. The 112th was the leading regiment of the brigade on the 29th, and therefor the rear, or reserve, on the 30th).

"About dark, at 6:15pm, another effort was made to retake the main line west of Columbia Pike as the 112th Illinois was ushered from the other side of the battlefield. The Illinois troops plunged forward only to be likewise repulsed, both by Confederate fire as well as friendly fire (from Opdyke's men)." (reinforcing the 44th Missouri troops). The battle was still raging fiercely, and the darkness added to the dangers and uncertainty of the conflict.

The 112th was moved by the right flank to the turnpike, where they were ordered to move across the pike and report to Col. Strickland. They were told the Union occupied the line at that location... Co. A moved across the gap, where they were met with murderous fire. They dropped to the ground, and waited for a retreat. The front line was in fact occupied by the Rebels, not the 2 Union regiments. Had the Rebels held their fire, they would have marched right into their lines and all been captured.

At Franklin, the Confederates were 20,000 strong, and lost 7,300 men, the Federal casualties totaled 2,600 men. For 5 hours, every 2 seconds a man lost his life. 10,000 deaths total. The 112th Regiment only lost 7, with 20 wounded, and 2 captured (eyewitness Cephas B. Hunt). Col. Thomas J. Henderson of the 112th, stated that at the Battle of Franklin, the 112th was held in reserve until ordered to reinforce Col. Strickland (Chicago Tribune 1865). In the days before the Battle of Franklin on November 30th, the 112th men had not an hour of sleep for 3 nights, some falling asleep while marching at night. They marched 22 miles in 8 1/2 hours to Franklin, and without sleep, began building defensive walls and earthworks.
- Source: Maps of Franklin, Tennessee, Battle of Franklin Animated Map

** The 112th Illinois joined the 23rd Army Corps at the Battle of Franklin, under Maj Gen Schofield and Brig Gen Cox, in the Third Division, Third Brigade. They were part of the Union main line that ran between the Cotton Gin and the Lewisburg Pike, the 3rd Division of Gen Cox, and the 2nd Brigade of Col. Casement.
- Source: Civil War Trust



A Book of Strattons (1908): 54. James Logan Stratton (Born on October 8th, 1832 in Adario, Butler Township, Richland, Ohio. Survived the 27 battles in the Civil War. Died April 1st, 1913. Burried in Cope Cemetary, Washington County, Colorado) (Father - David) - In 1852 with his three brothers, Daniel G., Thomas J., and George W. he went West. Leaving Illinois on April 1st, 1852, they crossed the plains, driving five yokes of exen and two cows, on the Oregon Trail, going by way of Fort Kearny (Nebraska), Fort Hall (Idaho), and Fort Boise (Idaho), and over the Cascade Mountains, arriving in Portland in September. Along the Platte River they encountered many Indians and saw thousand of buffalo. From Portland they took lads of provisions a hundred miles up the Willamette Valley, selling flour at $50 per 100 lbs, beans at 65 cents per lb, and other things accordingly. George W. Stratton died at camp on the Columbia River. After spending some time in the California gold mines, Daniel G. and Thomas J. came East as far as Illinois where for many years they engaged in merchandising. James L. Stratton walked from Portland to Olympia, went down south in an Indian canoe to Seattle, then a little hamlet in the wilderness, boarded a lumber sailing vessel, the Franklin, bound for San Franscisco, which place he reached in 15 days. Traded along the coast of Mexico and South America, going as far as Chile, where he remained in port six weeks, obtaining "good board and lodging at $1.00 per week." Returning to California he spent some time at the Rose Barguba gold mines, and then seailed for New York, via Panama, Aspenwall and Havana, and reached his old him in Ohio after an absence of six years, around 1858. He married Priscella A. Mills in Ohio 1860. She was daughter to Galen A. and Elizabeth (Stratton) Mills. On August 22nd, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment (112 IL US INF), in Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois, "at the age of 27, 5'5", blue eyes, dark hair, married, farmer, nativity butler, richland county ohio, and served 3 years, mustering in on September 20th, 1862, with a portion in Sherman's Army and the Atlanta Campaign/March to the Sea. Was all through the Georgia campaign, took part in 27 hard fought battles and received four gun-shot wounds, mustering out on June 20th, 1865 in Greenboro, North Carolina (muster in note: Peoria, IL, discharged at Chicago, Illinois July 7, 1865)". Mrs. Stratton died in 1895. Mr. Stratton is living in Colorado with his children and grandchildren.
Children born in Berea, Ohio:
- Frank Leon, married Jeane L. Hensley, October 13th, 1887; resided in Cope, Colorado. His Children: Hazel E., Judson C., Naomi P., Priscella J., Audrey M., born in Adario, Ohio.
- Mae Lillie, died in Wood County, Ohio in 1876
- Fred Mills, married Mae Parks, May 20th, 1896, has two Children born in Yampa, Colorado: James Beryl and Rex.

FindAGrave.com (2006): Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, Friday April 11, 1913, page 5. Died, James Logan Stratton was born in Richland County, Ohio Oct 8, 1832. He was of Scotch-Irish extraction, and one of a large family of children. The public schools of Ohio furnished the education of his childhood days. In 1849, during the great rush for gold, at the age of 16, he with his two older brothers went overland from Ohio to California. But, after a few years, returned to the middle west, where, on Dec 26, 1860, he was united in holy matrimony to Miss Priscilla Anne Mills (May 29 1836 - Nov 16 1894), of Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio. To this union were born 2 sons and one daughter. The daughter died in infancy, but the sons survive. Grandpa Stratton enlisted in the 112th regiment of Illinois volunteers, and from 1862 he remained in constant service to the end of the war. His lot was in the most part very strenuous, he having passed through some 27 battles. He repeatedly refused promotion, choosing to remain with "the boys," even through the famous march to the sea, after which he was discharged in 1865. Soon after the close of the civil service he enlisted in the Army of Heaven, where he rendered faithful service until called to cease his earthly activities. His companion was torn from his side 19 years ago. Since then he has made his home with the children. The last 16 years of his life were spent with those who braved the hardships of frontier life on the great plains of eastern Colorado. He was a man whom to know was to love. Grandpa passed away in the arms of his oldest son at 7:45 AM April 1, 1913 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 23 days. Services were conducted from the church by J. M. Moore and H. A. Wheeler, and the remains were laid away in the Cope (Colo) cemetery April 3, 1913.

5. David Stratton (Father: Daniel) (Son: James Logan Stratton) was born in Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey in 1758; went from New Jersey to Greensburgh, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and then settled in Richland County, Ohio. His will, recorded in the Probate Office of Richland County, was made June 15, 1843, and he died a few days later. He married Mary Logan, daughter of James Logan*, in Beaver County.
Children born in Adario, Richland County, Ohio:
- Lucinda, married Vincent Dancer
- Sarah Ann, married Jesse Dancer
- John Rigdon
- Daniel G. (twin), married Emma Dawson, died at Colorado Springs, left two daughters, Minnie and Josephine
- Thomas Jefferson (twin), married Mary Dyke, died in Los Angeles, California. Federal Soldier, 1863 to 1865. Only child, Daniel died 1885.
- George Washington, died in camp at Dalo, Oregon on August 1st, 1852.
- James Logan, born 1832
- Elizabeth, married Charles Malcolm, lived in Cambridge, Illinois
- Mary, married George Robinson
- Rachel, married Josiah Chamberlain
- Naney Jane, married T. K. Jacobs

* "James Logan (David's Wife, Mary Logan's Father) was President of the Colonial Council of Pennsylvania in 1736. When Gov. Gordon died, in August of that same year, Logan acted as Governor for two years until a successor arrived from England. John Logan (son of James) and his only son were drowned in the Ohio River, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, in 1800. His wife died from the shock of this terrible bereavement, leaving three daughters, Rachel, Mary, and Catherine, the eldest seven years and the youngest but a few days old. Their maternal grandfather, James Parks, in whose house the most of their youth was spent, fought in the French and Indian wars, and in the Revolution, and lived to the great age of 111 years old. Rachel became the wife of Daniel Stratton (No 15, Vol 1) and her memory is revered by over 200 descendants. Mary maried David Stratton, and their son married the eldest granddaughter of Rachel and Daniel Stratton - and their children have grown gray in trying to figure out their exact relationship to the rest of teh Strattons" - Daniel Stratton. Catherine married Sidney Rigdon, who for many years was an eloquent and widely known Presbyterian clergyman in the middle west.

Book: A Book of Strattons.... Volume I, 1908

Page 290: The deeds of Sussex County, New Jersey, show that in 1779, two Strattons owned land in that county: Daniel Stratton, born about 1758, and Thomas Stratton, born 1760. They both left New Jersey before 1820; Daniel died in Ohio; Thomas in Pennsylvania. Their descendants believe that they were brothers, and nothing has been found to contradict this belief. No authentic record has been found to show their parentage, or the place of their birth.* Tradition says that they wre grandsons, or great-grandsons of Mark Stratton. The following is all that the writer has thus far found concerning them.

The homes of Daniel and Thomas Stratton were in Vernon township, not far from the line dividing Sussex County, New Jersey, from Orange County, New York. When Captain John Sanford organized his regiment of Orange County men on April, 1777, Thomas Stratton enlisted in his Company, but was soon transferred to Col. Oliver Spencer's 4th New Jersey Volunteers, and the papers granting his pension in 1820 are on file at Trenton. He was then living in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, while Daniel Stratton settled in Hancock County, Ohio. No authentic record of their parentage has been found, though diligent search has been made for it. It seems most probabl that they are decended either from Mark Stratton or Emanuel Stratton of Evesham, New Jersey, but we have no proof of it.

Daniel Stratton (Father of David, Grandfather of James Logan Stratton) was born in New Jersey of Quaker parentage. His name apprears in a list of New Jersey Coast Guards from Sussex County in the Revolution. In 1779 he purchased land in Vernon Township, Sussex County. The records show nothing more concerning him until 1809, when he deeded a part of this same land to Daniel Stratton, Jr. He died in Hancock County, Ohio, about 1824. That he was descendent from Mark Stratton and "his beautiful wife Ann Hancock" is well understood by his descendants. Daniel's grandson, Mark Stratton of Wabash, Indiana, claimed that he was named for his ancestor "the original Mark Stratton." The record of Daniel's marriage has not been found, but we know that he had at least five children, who settled in Ohio. Children born in Sussex County, New Jersey:
- John
- Daniel, born 1781, died 1836
- David, settled in Ohio
- Margaret, married John Burson, lived in Ohio
- Joseph, born 1788, died 1836
- Sarah, married Isaac Newman, lived in Ohio

California Story: In 1852/1853, James headed west with his three brothers: Daniel G., Thomas J., and George W. Leaving Illinois on April 1st, they crossed the plains, driving five yokes of oxen and two cows, going by way of Forts Kerney, Hall and Boise, and over the Cascade Mountains, arriving in Portland in September. Along the Platte River, they encountered many Indians and saw thousands of buffalo. From Portland, they took loads of provisions a hundred miles up the Willamette Valley, selling flour at $50 per 100 lbs, beans at $0.65 per lb, and other things accordingly. George W. Stratton died in camp on the Columbia River. After spending some time in the California gold mines, Daniel G. and Thomas J. came back East as far as Illinois, where for many years they engaged in merchandising. James walked from Portland to Olympia, went down the sound in an Indian canoe to Seattle, then a little hamlet in the wilderness, boarded a lumber sailing vessel, the Franklin, boud for San Francisco, which place he reached in 15 days. Traded along the coast of Mexico and South America, going as far as Chile, where he remained in port six weeks, obtaining "good board and lodging at $1.00 per week." Returning to California, he spent some time at the Roses Bargua gold mines, and then sailed for New York, via Panama, Aspenwall and Havana, and reached his old him in Ohio after an absence of six years.

He married Priscella A. Mills in Ohio in 1860. She was daughter to Galen A. and Elizabeth (Stratton) Mills.

He then married (lic num 01867013) Mary Ann Earl on January 12th, 1867 in Henry County, Illinois. [src]

SOURCE: "Decendants of David Stratton" printout from Ellen

--- 9 - John Stratton - born 1482 in Shriveham, Berkshire, England. married Agnes, born 1484
-- 8 - Thomas Stratton - born 1507, died 1587 in Berkshire. married Joan Stratton, born 1509. Children: William (b. 1530) & Thomas (b. 1532)
- 7 - William Stratton - born 1530, died 1604in Berkshire. married Ms Stratton, born 1531. Children: Christian (b. 1550) & John (b. 1555) & Joan (b. 1558)
6 - John Stratton - born ~ 1555 in Shrivenham, Berkshire, England.
- +++ married Elizabeth
- 5 - William Stratton - born 1585 - Shrivenham, Berkshire, England, and died 1647 in Tenterden, Kent, England. Profession: "jurat" or alderman (11)
- 5 - --- in his Will (in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury): "My executor to pay my wife Margaret, 1,045 pounds, agreed upon before our marriage; ... to Caleb, my son, 110 pounds when 23, ..." (11)
- +++ first married Elizabeth Uln ~ 1612. She was born 1591 in London England, died 1635 in Kent, England. She is buried at St. Loenards, June 12.(11). Had son John Stratton (16)
- +++ married Margaret in 1636 - had 15 children (11)

-- 4 - John Stratton - born Aug 14, 1621 in London, died 1684 in East Hampton, Suffolk, New York, USA. Married Sarah Bancroft (b. 1618), had daughter Sarah Stratton born 1647, died 1684 (17) (18)
-- 4 - Caleb Stratton - born 1635 in London, England, died 1664 in Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (aprox. population in Bostin in 1670 - 4,000 people) OR October 26, 1708 in Windsor, Connecticut (20)
-- 4 --- Caleb was baptized at St. Leonards Parish, Eastcheap, London on June 10, 1635 and came to the US and settled in Boston. In Boston in 1660, he is styled "a mariner" and purchased a house in Boston on December 12, 1661 from William Hudson. On July 4, 1662 sold property "having just returned from ye voyage". (12)
-- +++ married Mary Adams, daughter of Alexander Adams and Mary Coffin (married in 1644 in Boston Mass.) (sister of Tristnam). died in Boston, February 3rd, 1698.
--- 3 - William Stratton - born 1680 (19), died August 28, 1740. "the only son of Caleb Stratton and Mary his wife (in 1703; brothers had all already died)" (13)
--- 3 --- lived in Nantucket in 1708+. James Coffin deeded him "half acre of land" on April 4th, 1712 land where William had a house.
--- ++++ married Susanna Cartwright - on Dec 16th, 1707 (15) (parents: Edward Cartwright and Elizabeth Trott)

--- 3 ----- Mary Stratton - (born Aug 1, 1710 - 1781 - married Thomas Moores Nov 25 1734 (14).
--- 3 - Elizabeth Townsand (sister)
--- 3 - unknown
---- 2 - Mark Stratton - born 1962 - died 1759
----- 1- David Stratton - born 1714 (1732) in Sussex, New Jersey.
----- +++ married Mary Elkington - born November 2nd, 1714 in Burlington County, New Jersey. died February 21st, 1808 in Evesham, Burlington County, New Jersey.
----- 2 ---- Daniel Stratton - born ~1758 in Sussex, New Jersey. died 1824 in Hancock, Ohio.
----- +++++ married Shady Grubb in 1778 in Sussex, New Jersey.
----- 3--------- David Stratton - born June 30, 1781 in Vernon, Sussex, New Jersey. died June 1843 in Richland, Ohio.
----- ++++++++ married Mary Logan - born 1792 in Beaver, Pennsylvania. died June 24, 1884 in Adario, Butler Township, Richland, Ohio.
----- 4------------- Mary Elizabeth Stratton - born ~1809
----- 4------------- Lucinda S. Stratton - born ~1811
----- 4------------- Sarah Ann Stratton - born ~1813
----- 4------------- John Rigdon Stratton - born ~1815
----- 4------------- Daniel G. Stratton - born ~1817
----- 4------------- Thomas Jefferson Stratton - born ~1819
----- 4------------- George Washington Stratton - born ~1821
----- 4------------- Nancy Jane Stratton - born ~1832
----- 4------------- Pvt. James Logan Stratton - born October 8, 1833 in Adario, Richland County, Ohio. died April 1, 1913 in Cope, Colorado, cemetary. Public schools of Ohio
----- +++++++++++ 1st married Elizabeth Decker - born ~1837
----- 5------------------- James Logan Stratton, 2nd - born September 26, 1855 in Oreola Township, Stark County, Bradford, Illinois. died January 24, 1932 in Columbus City, Iowa.
----- +++++++++++++++ 1st married Harriet Jane Scott - born ~1855 in Oreola Township, Stark County, Bradford, Illinois. married July 2, 1871 in Bradford, Illinois. died November 27, 1892 in Indian Creek, Iowa.
----- 6-------------------------- Bessie Stratton
----- 6-------------------------- Lizzie Stratton
----- 6-------------------------- James Logan Stratton, 3rd - born August 9, 1878 in Stark County, Bradford, Illinois. died March 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio.
----- 6-------------------------- Minnie Ellen Stratton - born ~1882 in Columbus Junction, Iowa. died in Tulsa, Oklahoma
----- 6-------------------------- Daniel Elmer Stratton - born December 22, 1887 in Guthrie Center, Harrison County, Iowa. died April 22, 1947 in Muscatine County, Iowa.
----- 6-------------------------- Fred Edward Stratton - born February 25, 1892 in Louisa County. died December 28, 1939 in Conesville, Iowa.
----- +++++++++++++++ 2nd married Mary Margaret Turner on June 5, 1896 in Louisa County, Wapello, Iowa - born November 28, 1867 in Springfield Oquawka, Illinois. died November 28, 1949 in Oroville, Butte County, California.
----- 6-------------------------- Iva Mable Stratton - born February 17, 1894 in Wapello, Iowa. died July 1, 1960 in Washington County Hospital Columbus City, Iowa.
----- 6-------------------------- Inez Louise Stratton - born March 14, 1896 in Wapello, Iowa. died January 19, 1989.
----- 6-------------------------- Lela mae Stratton - born April 12, 1899 in Columbus Junction, Elmore Grove Township, Iowa. died February 21, 1962 in St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, Illinois.
----- 6-------------------------- Iona Irene Stratton - born September 21, 1901 in Columbus Junction, Iowa. died December 5, 1935 in Dodge City, Bagley, Iowa.
----- 6-------------------------- Bertha Beatrice Stratton - born January 27, 1904 in Columbus Junction, Iowa. died March 3, 1980 in Oroville, California.
----- 6-------------------------- Claude Wesley Stratton - born March 22, 1906 in Columbus Junction, Iowa, at home. died August 19, 1961 in Sunnyvale, San Mato, California.
----- +++++++++++++++++++++ married Ada Elizabeth Palmer on February 16, 1927 in Jeffesson, Iowa, Green County - born October 27, 1908 in Township of Orange, Guthrie County. died September 8, 1993 in Carlisle Car Center, Bayard, Iowa.
----- 7---------------------------------- Dorothy Darlene Stratton - born December 19, 1927 in Rock Island, Illinois. died June 9, 1999 in Santa Rosa, California, hospital.
----- 7---------------------------------- William James Stratton - born May 28, 1929 in Columbus Junction, Iowa. died October 10, 1985 in Marioia Nursing Home, Grants Pass, Oregon.
----- 7---------------------------------- Claude Wesley Stratton - born November 20, 1931 in Columbus Junction, Iowa. died February 4, 1981 in Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.
----- 7---------------------------------- Donald Dean Stratton - born October 1, 1933 in Carlon Cliff, Illinois
----- 7---------------------------------- Shirley Alice Stratton - born January 21, 1936 in Rock Island, Illinois. died August 18, 2011 in Floyd County, Charles City, Iowa.
----- 7---------------------------------- Jerald Lee Stratton - born March 5, 1937 in Rock Island, Illinois.
----- +++++++++++++++++++++++++ married Erma Rae Ferguson on January 25, 1958 - born January 25, 1940 in Knoxville, Iowa
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Terry Lee Stratton
----- 9 -------------------------------------------------- Sean Michael Stratton - born 1983
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Jerry Stratton
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Larry Stratton
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Gary Stratton
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Tammy Stratton
----- 8 ---------------------------------------- Michael Stratton
----- 7---------------------------------- Everett Wesley Stratton - born September 20, 1938 in Rock Island, Illinois.
----- 7---------------------------------- Richard Paul Stratton - born March 22, 1941 in Iowa. died December 14, 1975 in Germany in Army
----- 7---------------------------------- Betty Jane Stratton - born July 8, 1944 in Iowa.
----- 7---------------------------------- David Stratton - born April 30, 1951 in Bayard, Iowa. died Masy 17, 1951 in Bayard, Iowa.
----- 6-------------------------- Eva Velma Stratton - born October 7, 1909 in Bagley, Guthrie County, Iowa. died February 26, 1990.
----- 6-------------------------- Reyenolds Stratton - born March 20, 1915 in Dodge Township, Bagley Iowa. Died March 22, 1915
----- +++++++++++ 2nd married Priscila Ann Mills on December 26, 1860 in Huron, Ohio - born 1836 in Of Huron County, Ohio. died 1895
----- 5------------------- Frank L. Stratton - born July 1862. died 1955
----- 5------------------- daughter Stratton - died in infancy
----- 5------------------- Mae Lilie Stratton - born 1867
----- 5------------------- James Beryle Stratton - born 1869
----- 5------------------- Rex Stratton - born 1871
----- 5------------------- Mark Stratton - born 1873
----- 4------------- Elizabeth Stratton - born ~1835 in Adario, Richland, Ohio.
----- 4------------- Rachel Ann Stratton - born ~ 1837 in Adario, Richland, Ohio.
----- 3--------- Joseph Stratton - born May 16, 1788 in Vernon, Sussex, New Jersey. died December 20, 1836 in Wooster, Wayne, Ohio.
----- 3--------- Margaret Stratton - born ~ 1883 in Vernon, Sussex, New Jersey
----- 2---- Thomas Stratton - born 1760 in Sussex, New Jersey. died 1846. burried in Beaver, Pennsylvania, Chippewa, Cemetary.
----- 2---- 6 children Stratton



Civil War:

In 1862, on August 22nd, he enlisted in Company C at Cambridge, Henry County (Established Jan 13, 1825), NW Illinois (his residence at the time was in Tontogany, Wood county, Ohio. His date of Muster was Sept 20, 1862 in Peoria, Illinois, Mustered Out on June 20, 1865) of the 112th Infantry Volunteers of Illinois (112 IL US INF, Age 27, Height 5'5", Blue eyes, Occupation Farmer, Married) (Organized in Henry County, Illinois - 3,077 Served [src]), and served 3 years in Sherman's Army, was all through the Georgia campaign, took part in twenty-seven hard fought battles and received 4 gun shot wounds. He participated with Major General William T. Sherman and the Twenty-Third Army Corps of Ohio, and participated in the famous Sherman's March to the Sea.

Mr Stratton was living in Colorado with his children and grandchildren. Mrs. Stratton died in 1895.


War Stories of the 112th Illinois Infantry [src]:

The ONE HUNDRED AND TWELTH REGIMENT ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS was mustered into the service of the United States on the 20th and 22d days of September 1862, at Peoria, Ill., and was ordered to report to Major General Wright, commanding the Department of the Ohio, at Cincinnati, Ohio It accordingly moved from Peoria on the October 8th, 1862, by rail, and arrived at Cincinnati, Ohio, about midnight, on the 10th day of October, when it was immediately ordered over the Ohio River, to report to Major General Gordon Granger, at Covington, Ky. The Regiment reported to General Granger about 2 o'clock on the morning of October 11th, and immediately went to work to prepare for the field. Having been brigaded with the 33rd Indiana, 77th, 97th and 108th Illinois, under command of Colonel Coburn, of the 33rd of Indiana, and having obtained transportation and supplies, it marched from Covington, Ky., on October 18th 1862, for Falmouth, Ky.; but on October 19th it was detached from the Brigade and ordered to guard a large supply-train to Big Eagle, on the Lexington and Covington pike. The Regiment arrived at Big Eagle on the evening of October 21st, and, under orders, marched to Georgetown, Ky., on the 23d, and to Lexington, Ky., on the 24th.

They remained in camp at Lexington, Ky., for about five months, performing various duties, but was principally engaged in grand guard and provost duty; although detachments were occasionally sent to the ferries on the Kentucky River, to guard against the approach of the enemy. And at one time, 100 men of the Regiment were mounted and kept on active and severe duty for several weeks; and while thus engaged, aided in driving Cluke's command out of Kentucky.

On March 21st 1863, the Regiment moved for Danville, Ky., arriving there on the evening of the 22d, and at midnight on the 23d, it was ordered back to Dick's River bridge, on the Lexington pike, with orders to guard the bridge, and hold the opposite bank of the river, at all hazards. It remained at the bridge until the evening of the 24th, when it fell back to the Kentucky River, at the mouth of Hickman, with the rest of the army, retreating before a supposed to be a superior force of the enemy.

From the Kentucky River, the 112th Regiment marched back to Nicholasville, and from thence moved by way of Camp Dick Robinson, Lancaster and Crab Orchard in the direction of Somerset, Ky., in pursuit of the enemy, by forced marches. But the cavalry and mounted infantry having overtaken and defeated the enemy at Dutton's Hill, near Somerset, and driven them across the Cumberland River, the Regiment having only heard the sound of artillery at a respectful distance, counter-marched and moved back to Stanford.

In October 1862, the Regiment, on its arrival at Lexington, Ky., was brigaded with the 45th of Ohio and the 18th and 22nd of Michigan, under command of General Green Clay Smith, of Kentucky. He remained in command until in January 1863, when Colonel Doolittle, of the 18th of Michigan, took the command.

At Stanford, the Regiment was again detached from the Brigade, and ordered to Milledgeville, Ky., where it was mounted, and remained in camp until the 26th of April, when, with the new Brigade, consisting of the Forty-fifth Ohio, Thirty-second Kentucky and One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois, under command of Colonel Benjamin P. Runkle, of the Forty-fifth Ohio, it marched for Somerset, Ky.

At Somerset, it joined other troops, under the command of Brigadier General S. P. Carter, of Tennessee, and moved to Monticello, Ky., south of the Cumberland River, and aided in driving a body of rebel troops, under command of General Pegram, from that place, and out of Kentucky into Tennessee. There the Regiment was under fire for the first time, and although it was not severely engaged and suffered no loss, it was complimented by Colonel Woolford for its steadiness, who remarked that he could scarcely believe the Regiment had not before been under fire.

From Monticello, the Regiment returned to Somerset, Ky., where it remained until July 1863, and where detachments from it were constantly engaged in active and severe duty, scouting up an down the Cumberland River, often at great distances, by night and by day; and in guarding fords and ferries on the Cumberland River. While at Somerset, Ky., 200 picked men from the Regiment, under command of Captain Dunn, of Company D, with similar detachments from other regiments at Somerset, all under command of Major Dow, of the Regiment, joined Colonel Sanders in his celebrated raid over the mountains into East Tennessee. For rapidity of movement, marching over mountains, and swimming rivers, by day and night, and for successful execution, baffling the enemy doing him a great amount of damage, and, finally, escaping from a vastly superior force, where every mountain gap was supposed to be securely guarded, this raid stands among the most brilliant of the war. It severely tested the courage and endurance of the men and officers who participated in it. The detachment of the 112th lost, in this raid, 11 men captured, and 5 drowned in swimming Clynch River, at night.

From Somerset, Ky., the Regiment moved back to Danville, Ky., and in the month of July, assisted in driving about 1,500 rebels, under command of Scott, across the Cumberland. It was four days and nights engaged in the pursuit of Scott, with but little or no rest or sleep, and for more than a 100 miles was skirmishing with the enemy.

After capturing about 500 prisoners, scattering many others in the woods, and recovering most of the property stolen by these raiders, Scott was finally driven over the Cumberland River and into the mountains, when the Regiment again returned to Danville, Ky., having had 1 man killed and 6 wounded in the pursuit, and began the work of preparing for a campaign into East Tennessee.

From Danville, moved to Stanford, and from Stanford to Crab Orchard, from which place, having completed the necessary preparation, the Regiment marched for East Tennessee, with the army under General Burnside, re-brigaded with the 1st East Tennessee Mounted Infantry, 8th Michigan Cavalry and 45th Ohio Mounted Infantry, under command of Colonel Byrd, of the 1st East Tennessee, on the 21st of August 1863, and arrived at Kingston, Tenn., on the 1st of September.

The Regiment actively participated in all the campaigns in East Tennessee, in 1863, and, up to February 4th, 1864, sharing in the glory of redeeming that truly loyal people, and in wresting what was regarded as the key to the rebellion from rebel rule. Being always at the front and often at great distance from the main body of the army, it was kept constantly on the alert, and compelled to perform the severest duties, always on short rations.

Its operations in East Tennessee were at Kingston, Post Oak Springs, Athens, Calhoun, Charleston, Cleveland, Sweetwater, Philadelphia, Loudon, Campbell's Station, Knoxville, Bean Station, Blane's Cross Roads, Dandridge, Sevinville, Fair Gardens, Kelly's Ford, Flat Creek Cap, and other places, at many of which it was engaged in numerous skirmishes and battles, and being constantly in the presence of the enemy. At Cleveland, 1 Captain was killed, several men wounded, and about 20 captured in a skirmish.

At Calhoun, the Regiment, with the Brigade, was driven back by an overpowering force under Wheeler and Forrest, and the 112th brought up the rear, and for the manner in which it was done, holding the enemy in check and saving all the stores, it was complimented in an official order. It, however, had 20 men captured and 1 Captain, who were guarding a ford on the Hiawassa, and were cut off. At Philadelphia, it made a handsome charge and drove the enemy from a hill, for which it was cheered by other troops, and Major Dow, commanding, as well as the Regiment, was highly complimented by General Sanders and other officers. In this charge, 1 man was killed and several wounded.

At Knoxville, the Regiment, with cavalry and other mounted infantry, was thrown out in front to hold Longstreet in check, while the town was put in a defensible condition, and on November 18th 1863, behaved most gallantly, and lost about 100 killed and wounded, and about 20 men cut off and captured.

At Bean Station, Dandridge and Flat Creek, the Regiment lost several in each engagement, killed and wounded.

At Kelly's Ford, on January 28th 1864, the Regiment had 19 wounded, including 4 commissioned officers, and 1 man killed.

After the fight at Kelly's Ford, the Regiment moved to Maryville, Tenn., and from there to Knoxville, where it was dismounted, and marched on foot over the mountains to Mt Sterling, Ky., a distance of about 200 miles. Arrived there on February 23rd, and remained until April 6th, where the Regiment, after having been refitted as mounted infantry, and about ready for the field, was permanently dismounted and moved to Camp Nelson, Ky., by way of Lexington, where, after refitting for the field, as an infantry Regiment, it marched back again over the mountains, into East Tennessee, and arrived at Knoxville on May 3rd.

From Knoxville, on May 8th, the Regiment moved, by rail, to Cleveland, Tenn., and from thence marched on foot to Tunnel Hill, Ga., in charge of a large ordnance and ambulance train; reported to Major General Schofield, commanding Department of Ohio, and the 23rd Army Corps, in the field. The Regiment had been re-brigaded with the 100th of Ohio, 104th of Ohio, 11th and 16th of Kentucky, under command of Colonel James W. Riley, of the 104th of Ohio, and known as the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division - under command of Brigadier General Cox - 23rd Army Corps.

From this time on, the Regiment participated in the campaign of General Sherman, against Atlanta, and was with the Twenty-third Army Corps in all its movements in that interesting campaign. At Resaca, on the 14th day of May, it was actively engaged, and lost some 50 men killed (two from Company C) and wounded-among the latter the Colonel. (112th Book: 38 killed, including 1 Captain, 1 Corporal, and 3 Privates. Total killed/wounded: 46 (pg 203)

At Utoy Creek, on the right of Atlanta, the Regiment, on the 6th of August 1863, with the Brigade, made an unsuccessful assault on the enemy's works, and lost 71 men killed, wounded and missing. Among the wounded were the Lieutenant Colonel, 3 Captains and 1 Lieutenant. 3 Sergeants and 1 Corporal were killed on the field.

The Regiment was engaged in numerous other battles and skirmishes of this campaign.

On the 8th of August, the Regiment was again re-brigaded with the Sixty-third, One Hundred and Twentieth and One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Indiana and Fifth Tennessee Regiments, under command of Colonel Thomas J. Henderson, of the One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois. The Brigade was known as the Third Brigade, Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, and the Regiment remained in it until it was mustered out of the service at the end of the war.

On the 31st of August, after having cut loose from Atlanta, and struck for the Macon Railroad- General Cox being anxious to be the first to reach the road-an object it had so long and so severely struggled to accomplish-ordered the One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois, under command of Major Dow, to report to him personally, when the Regiment immediately pushed forward, drove the enemy rapidly back, and successfully reached the Macon Railroad, just in time to cut off three of four long trains, with ordnance, etc., and commenced the work of tearing up the track. From this moment, all felt that the fall of Atlanta was certain. After marching down to Jonesboro, learned of the evacuation of Atlanta, and on to Lovejoy, the Regiment returned with the army and with the Twenty-third Army Corps, went into camp at Decatur, Ga., and to rest, after being for four months marching and fighting, constantly in the presence of the enemy, and under fire almost every hour of the day and night. Here the Regiment remained, from the 8th of September until the 4th of October, when Hood having re-crossed the Chattahoochie, the Regiment and Brigade, with Sherman's Army, moved in pursuit, and marched during the month, by indirect marches, nearly 400 miles, passing through Marietta, Ackworth, Allatoona, Carterville, Cassville, Kingston, Rome, Calhoun, Resaca, Snake Creek Gap, Villanow, Sommerville, Gaylesville and Cedar Bluff, Ala., and then back again to Rome.

Here, the Regiment, with the Twenty-third Army Corps, was separated from General Sherman, and sent back into East Tennessee, to look after Hood, who was reported to have crossed the Tennessee. It accordingly marched on foot to Dalton, Ga., and from thence by rail moved to Nashville, and to Thompson Station, below Franklin, and from thence marched to Pulaski, Tenn., on foot.

Remained in camp, at Pulaski, until the 22d of November, when it commenced retreating to Nashville. During the retreat, participated in the battles of Columbia and Franklin, losing some 30 or 40 men killed and wounded.

The Regiment also participated in the battles of Nashville, on the 15th and 16th of December. The battles of Franklin-November 30th- and Nashville, were glorious battles, and virtually terminated the war in the West. The Regiment, with the Twenty-third Army Corps, having pursued Hood's Army to the Tennessee River, was then ordered to a new field of operations, and proceeded by steamboat down the Tennessee and up the Ohio River to Cincinnati, and from that city, by rail, to Washington City. From Alexandria, it went by the steamship "Atlantic" to Fort Fisher, North Carolina. The Regiment then aided in the reduction of Fort Anderson, in driving the enemy from his works at Town Creek bridge, and finally from Wilmington, which place was occupied on the 22d of February 1865. From Wilmington the Regiment marched to Kingston, N.C., passing to Goldsboro, and, with the army, occupied that place. From Goldsboro, moved to Raleigh. At Raleigh, after the surrender of Johnson's Army, moved to Greensboro, N.C., where the Regiment remained until the 20th of June 1865, when it was mustered out of the service, and ordered to Chicago, Ill. The Regiment arrived at Chicago on the 27th of June; was finally discharged on the 7th day of July 1865.

The Regiment was always in the Department of the Ohio, and served in the Twenty-third Army Corps, from its organization to the close of the war.

Illinois 112th Regiment Infantry [src - www.CivilWarArchive.com]
3 Year Service: September 20, 1862 - June 20, 1865 (Transferred to the 65th Regiment during June of 1865)

Assigned to: Army of Kentucky: October 1862 - January 1863
Assigned to: Army of the Ohio: June 1863 - August 1863

Battles/Campaigns Engaged in: Atlanta Campaign [Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesborough], Franklin, Nashville, Campaign of the Carolinas[Bentonville]

Organized at Peoria, Illinois, and mustered in September 20, 1862. (112th Book: Company C had 96 men (pg 14)
Moved to Covington, Ky., October 8, 1862.
Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to January, 1863.
3rd Brigade, District of Central Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to April, 1862.
2nd Brigade, District of Central Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to June, 1863.
1st Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to August, 1863.
1st Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to October, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to November, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 23rd Army Corps, to May, 1854.
3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to February, 1865;
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1865.
and Dept. of North Carolina to June, 1865.

Moved to Falmouth, Ky., October 18, 1862.
Escort supply train to Big Eagle, Ky., October 19-21, thence moved to Georgetown and Lexington, Ky. October 23-24.
Duty at Lexington until March, 1863.
Moved to Danville, Ky., March 21; thence to Nicholasville, Camp Dick Robinson, Lancaster and Crab Orchard, Stanford and Milledgeville, Ky. Duty at Milledgeville until April 26.
Regiment mounted at Milledgeville. Moved to Somerset April 26.
Operations against Pegram's forces in Southeast Kentucky April 26-May 12.
Action at Monticello May 1.
Duty at Somerset, Ky., until July.
Saunders' Raid in East Tennessee June 14-24 (Detachment). (Co C. lost 1 man crossing river (pg 437))
Knoxville June 19-20.
Strawberry Plains June 20.
Rogers' Gap June 20.
Powder Springs Gap June 21.
Pursuit of Scott's forces July 9-13.
Operations in Eastern Kentucky against Scott July 26-August 6.
Battle of Richmond July 28.

Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee August 16-October 16.
Winker's Gap August 31.
Action at Cleveland September 18.
Athens, Calhoun and Charleston September 25.
Calhoun September 26.
Athens September 27.
About Kingston October 16-24.
Philadelphia October 25-26.
Lieper's Ferry, Holston River, October 28.

Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23.
Holston River November 15.
Campbell's Station November 16.
Near Knoxville November 16. (Co. C: 1 Corporal (pg 138))
Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 5. (Nov 17: Co. C: 1 dead, 1 wounded (pg 138)) (Nov 18: Co. C: 1 Corporal dead, 1 motrall wounded, 6 wounded (pg 142)) (112th had 211 men, more than 1/3rd killed, wounded or missing (pg 143))
Skirmishes about Bean's Station December 9-13.
Bean's Station December 10 and 14.
Blain's Cross Roads December 16-19.
Bend of Chucky Road, near Dandridge, January 16, 1864.
Operations about Dandridge January 16-17.
Dandridge January 17.
Operations about Dandridge January 26-28.
Flat and Muddy Creek January 26.
Near Fair Garden January 27.
Kelly's Ford January 27-28.
Moved to Marysville, thence to Knoxville and dismounted, thence moved to Mount Sterling, Ky., February, 1864.
Duty at Mt. Sterling February 22-April 6.
Moved to Camp Nelson, Ky., April 6, thence to Knoxville, Tenn., arriving May 3.
Movement to Tunnel Hill, Ga., May 3-5.

Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 5-September 8.
Demonstrations on Dalton May 9-13.
Battle of Resaca May 14-15.
Cartersville May 18.
Advance on Dallas May 18-25.
Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5.
Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2.
Lost Mountain June 15-17.
Muddy Creek June 17.
Noyes' Creek June 19.
Cheyney's Farm June 22.
Olley's Creek June 26-27.
Assault on Kenesaw June 27.
Line of Nickajack Creek July 2-5.
Chattahoochie River July 5-17.
Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25.
Utoy Creek August 5-7.
Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30.
Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1.
LoveJoy Station September 2-6.
Operations against Hood and Forest in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3.

Nashville Campaign November-December.
Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27.
Battle of Franklin November 30.
Battle of Nashville December 15-16.
Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-29.
At Clifton, Tenn., until January 15, 1865.
Movement to Washington, D.C., thence to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 18-February 9.
Operations against Hoke February 11-14.
Fort Anderson February 18.
Capture of Fort Anderson February 19.
Town Creek February 19-20.
Capture of Wilmington February 22.
Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26.
Advance on Goldsbow March 6-21.
Occupation of Goldsboro March 21.
Gurley's March 31.
Advance on Raleigh April 10-14.
Occupation of Raleigh April 14.
Bennett's House April 26.
Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Greensboro, N. C., until June 20.
Mustered out at Greensboro, N. C., June 20 and discharged at Chicago, Ill., July 7, 1865.
Regiment lost during service: 4 Officers and 76 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer & 153 Enlisted men by disease. Total 234.

Book: History of the 112th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the great War of the Rebellion, 1862-1865

(pg 35) On April 24th, the 112th returned with all they could obtain, but only enough to mount six companies: B, C, D, E, G, & K. On the 26th the regiment was orderd to move at once, and in less than an hour were on the road marching toward Somerset. Tents were left standing, no extra clothing was taken, and no wagons accompanied them. They crossed the river near Mill Springs. They reached Monticello early May 2nd, where a small force of rebels were strongly posted on a hill. The 112th charged up the hill and the rebels retreated. They were closely pursued for about 4 miles, when they were joined by a larger force, under Col. Chenault, and occupied a strong position on a high hill. Capt. Law's battery was brought to the front and gave them a few shells, to which they replied with artillery. They were partially concealed by timber, so their numbers could not be even guessed at, so our troops were ordered to fall back as if to retreat, to draw them from their concealment. But the ruse did not work; they refused to follow, and the Union calvary, supported by the 112th Illinois, dismounted and charged up the hill and routed them from their position. Company C was detached and sent to the left, on a road leading from the south, and deployed and ascended the hill, covered with timber, in splendid style, Lieutenants Mitchell and Petrie being in command. It was now nearly dark and the command was ordered back to Monticello. That was the first time the 112th had been under fire; they suffered no loss, and the regiment was highly complimented by Col. Wolford for its good conduct and steadiness, who could hardly believe that was its first experience under fire.

December 6th, 1863, In Pursuit of Longstreet (pg 169)
The rebels had a strong rear guard, and orders were given not to attack, but to press them slowly and cautiously. Marched about 4 miles and captured 50 prisoners. Company C, while on picket at night, captured 24 prisoners and 13 horses.

Nov 13th, 1863 (pg 271) Captain Mitchell, with his Company C, was directed to go out and meet a United States Paymaster, who was coming over the mountains from Kentucky with a large amount of money, and guard the trasure into Knoxville. Capt. Mitchell successfully performed the perilous duty, and brought the paymaster and the money safely into the city.

Book: The Patriotism of Illinois: A Record of the Civil and Military History of the State

Illinois in the Civil War [src]
Over 250,000 Illinois men served in the Union Army (3,000 Illinois men in the US Navy), - the 4th most of any northern state (3,077 men from Henry County, 112 men from Company C of the 112th Regiment). Illinois supplied 150 infantry regiments, 17 cavalry regiments, and 2 light artillery regiments. Most served in the Western Theater. Illinois also was a major source of military supplies, food, and clothing. National cemeteries were established in Illinois at sites directly connected to Federal prisons, millitary hospitals or training camps - Alton, Camp Butler, Mound City and Rock Island.

Roster of the 112th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War, Union:

Company "C" 112th Illinois Infantry, Civil War
Name Rank Residence Date of
ANDERSON, Thomas Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
ANDERSON, William Private Henry Co Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 21, 1865
ATWATER, Thomas J Private Hinson Sep 20, 1862 Discharged; wounds. Feb --, 1864
AYERS, James E Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
BALDWIN, H H Recruit Cambridge Feb 19, 1864 Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
BARNEY, John F Private Richland Grove Sep 20, 1862 Killed, Resaca May 14, 1864
BAUGH, Lincoln S Corporal Andover Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out, as Serg't. Jun 20, 1865
BENEDICT, Elijah Foster Sergeant Cornwall Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out, as 1st Sgt. Jun 20, 1865
BENEDICT, George W Musician Cornwall Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 12, 1865
BENNETT, Benjamin Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
BENNETT, Daniel F Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Abs.,sick at M.O. of Reg.  
BERRY, Myron H Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
BERRY, Samuel Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Disch.; disabil. Feb 19, 1865
BETCHELL, Emanuel C Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
BIGGS, John J Captain Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Resigned Aug 9, 1863
BOYD, John Jr Corporal Orson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
BOYD, John Sr Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
BUCHANAN, William H Private Cornwall Sep 20, 1862 Was pris. Died Feb 20, 1864.
BUCK, George W Sergeant Hanna Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
CHAPEL, Stephen Recruit Cambridge Nov 27, 1863 Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
CLARK, George M Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
CONDIT, Robert W Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Tr. to V.R.C. Apr 1, 1865.MO July 10, 1865
COX, John W Recruit Cambridge --- Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
CRIGLER, Wesley Private Atchison Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out; was pris. July 1, 1865
CROPLEY, Hiram Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Disch.; disabil. Feb --, 1863
DAVIS, Erastus Private Dearington Sep 20, 1862 Died at Kingston, N. C., Mar 26, 1865
DAVIS, John Musician Weller Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov 18, 1863
DAVIS, John J Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
DEAN, James M Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Disch.; disabil. Feb --, 1863
DECKER, George W Private Weller Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
DECKER, William P Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
DILLEY, William H H Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
DRAPER, Lorenzo Private Kewanee Sep 20, 1862 Died at Knoxville, Tenn., Feb 24, 1864.
DUNCAN, James F Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
DUNCAN, Thomas Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out July 5, 1865.
EDWARDS, Hanford Q Corporal Andover Sep 20, 1862 Disch. ; wounds. Mar 29, 1865
EDWARDS, Lewis Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
ELWELL, Pearley H Corporal Geneseo Sep 20, 1862 Disch., as private;disability. in 1863
FIRKINS, Egbert Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
FIRKINS, Henry H Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
FOLLETT, William Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Killed, Resaca, May 14, 1864.
FRISBIE, George W Private Oxford Sep 20, 1862 Deserted Feb 4, 1865.
FRISBIE, Ira H Private Oxford Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Apr 13, 1865.
GARDNER, John C Recruit Cambridge --- Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
GILLESPIE, William 2nd Lt. Munson Not must'r'd Mustered Out, as Serg't. Jun 20, 1865
GILLESPIE, William Sergeant Munson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out. 2d Lt. Jun 20, 1865
GODFREY, Benton W Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
GODFREY, Dewitt C Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HAMILTON, Francis Private Cornwall Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HAMPTON, Noah Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HAYDEN, Charles J Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HENDERSON, John M Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Discharged Jun 9, 1862.
HENDERSON, Thomas Private Dearington Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HIGGINS, Ira E Recruit Munson Nov 27, 1863 Died at Knoxville, Tenn., Sep 17, 1864.
HILL, Aaron Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
HILL, John D Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 M. O. ,as Corp'l. Jun 20, 1865
HILL, William J Private Willow Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Kenesaw Mt., Jun 17, 1864.
HOOVER, Joseph Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Died at Lexington, Ky., Dec --, 1862.
HORTON, George Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
INGLES, James J Recruit Andover Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov 17, 1863.
JOHNSON, Augustus Recruit Cambridge --- Tr.to 65th Ill. Inf. Died May 31, 1865
JOHNSON, William N Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
JORDAN, William L Private Andover Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Utoy Creek, Ga., Aug 6, 1864.
KELTON, George Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
KESSLER, James W Recruit Cambridge Feb 18, 1864 Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
KNOX, Joseph L Corporal Galva Sep 20, 1862 M.O.; furlough. Jun 20, 1865
LONGSHORE, James T Recruit Cambridge Feb 18, 1864 Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
LOWER, George B Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
MACONNELL, George Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Tr. to V.R.C. Disch.; disability. May 5, 1864
MAXWELL, Reuben Sergeant Weller Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
McCAUSLAND, George Corporal Western Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov 18, 1863.
McIVOR, Thomas T Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
MIDDAUGH, Oscar A Private Burns Sep 20, 1862 Died at Camp Burnside, Ky., May--, 1863.
MILLER, Edward Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Died at Kingston, Ga., July 1, 1864.
MILLER, Ithamar P Corporal Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Parol. pris. M.O. , Feb 13, 1866
MITCHELL, John B Captain Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
MITCHELL, John B 1st Lt. Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Promoted [Aug 9, 1863].
MORRIS, Henry C Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Disch. ; wounds. July 2, 1864
MURDOCK, Henry H Private Center Ridge Sep 20, 1862 Deserted Nov 1, 1863.
NICHOLSON, Joseph Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Deserted Mar 29, 1863.
PELTY, George W Recruit Munson Nov 27, 1863 Trans. to 65th Illinois Inf.  
PETRIE, Alexander P 1st Lt. Rivoli Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
PETRIE, Alexander P 2nd Lt. Rivoli Sep 20, 1862 Promoted [Aug 9, 1863]
PETRIE, Edward R Private Rivoli Sep 20, 1862 Killed at Franklin, Tenn., Nov 30, 1864.
PIERCE, George Private Western Sep 20, 1862 M.O., as Corp'l. Jun 20, 1865
PRATT, Rufus H Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 Tr. to V.R.C. Mar 15, 1865.
REED, Ransom Private Western Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
ROBERTS, Henry J Private Burns Sep 20, 1862 Died, ;accidental wound. July 114, 1863
ROCKWELL, Sylvester Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Corp'l. Disch. for promotion May 9, 1864.
SCHRECK, Griffth Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out July 25, 1865.
SCOVILLE, Benjamin P Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
SELLERS, John N Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Died at Lexington, Ky., Dec --, 1862.
SHERBONDY, Homer 2nd Lt. Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Discharged May 15, 1865.
SHERBONDY, Homer 1st Serg. Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Promoted 2d Lieutenant. Aug 9, 1863
SMITH, Joel C Private Lynn Sep 20, 1862 Died at Chattanooga, wounds. Jun 24, 1864
SMITH, Leonard Private Lynn Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
SMITH, William F Private Bishop Hill Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
SMITH, William H H Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 M.O., as Corp'l. Jun 20, 1865
STRATTON, James L Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865
TARBOX, Alfred J Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
THOMAS, George Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 14, 1865.
THOMPSON, William E Corporal Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Died at Lexington, Ky., Feb --, 1863.
TRAUSNER, William B Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Tr. to U.S.Navy, Jun 24, 1864.
TYLER, David Private Rivoli Sep 20, 1862 Abs't. sick at M.O.of Reg.  
VERMILE, Simeon D Wagoner Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
VINCENT, Martin L Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 M.O., as Corp'l. Jun 20, 1865
WATERS, Joseph S Private Cambridge Sep 20, 1862 Died at Lexington, Ky., Mar.--, 1863.
WELTON, Herman C Private Oscow Sep 20, 1862 Deserted Jan 18, 1863.
WILLIAMS, Samuel Private Lum Sep 20, 1862 Mustered out Jun 20, 1865.
WILLIAMSON, Hiram Private Western Sep 20, 1862 M.O.; wounds. May 26, 1865
WOOD, George C Private Oxford Sep 20, 1862 Drowned Jun 18, 1863.
WOODS, Allen Private Munson Sep 20, 1862 M.O., as Corp'l. Jun 20, 1865



Total Men in 112th Regiment: 112 = .05% of Illinois in the Civil War
Total of the 112th Survived the Civil War: ~85 = 75%
Total of the 112th Killed/Died/Prisoner/Discharged: ~28 = 25%
Mustered Out: 58 of 112
--- Mustered Out, Promoted: 9 of 58
Transferred 11 of 112
Discharged 6 of 112
Killed 8 of 112
Died 11 of 112
Prisoner 3 of 112
Drowned 1 of 112
Resigned 1 of 112
Absent (sick) at Muster Out 2 of 112
Deserted 4 of 112
* 80 Privates, 10 Recruits, 4 Serg's, 8 Corporals, 3 2nd Lt's, 2 Captains, 2 Musicians, 1 1st Serg's, and 1 Wagoner
* Killed: (3 at Knoxville, 2 at Rasaca, 1 at Franklin, 1 at Utoy Creek, 1 at Kenesaw)
* Died: (4 at Lexington, 3 at Kingston, 1 at Knoxville, 1 at Chattanooga, 1 at Camp Burnside, 1 accidental, 1 drowned)


Civil War Flags, Infantry Colors:

Each Civil War Infantry regiment had 2 flags, by military definition these were called the regimental colors--a national color and a regimental color. According to the Army Regulations: "Each regiment of Infantry shall have two silken colors. The first, or the national color, of stars and stripes, as described for the garrison flag; the number and name of the regiment to be embroidered with silver on the center stripe. The second, or regimental color, to be blue, with the arms of the United States embroidered in silk on the center. The name of the regiment in a scroll, underneath the eagle. The size of each color to be six feet six inches fly, and six feet deep on the pike. The length of the pike, including the spear and ferrule, to be nine feet ten inches. The fringe yellow; cords and tassels, blue and white silk intermixed." After February 1862 also inscribed upon the colors of the regiment were the names of the battles in which the regiment "have borne a meritorious part." During the Civil War some of the Illinois regiments carried Regimental Colors that were different from those issued by the Federal government. Perhaps the most striking is that of the 90th Illinois Infantry. In addition to the colors described above many infantry regiments also carried camp, guide or flank markers (also called guidons)--the terms are used interchangeably. These flags were usually eighteen inches square and mounted on an eight foot staff. Early in the War they were white with the number of the regiment in the center. Later in the War they were similar to the national flag. These colors were used in camp to mark the color line and were used as markers during dress parade. In the Illinois flag collection there are some Infantry regimental guidons with a swallow tail pattern, similar to that used by the cavalry.

112th; Illinois Infantry National Flag -
This 35-star National flag has seven horizontal rows of stars in a rectangular canton typi-cal of flags manufactured for the Cincinnati depot. The flag is inscribed 112th REGT ILL. VOL. INFANTRY


112th; Illinois Infantry Regimental Flag -
This is a remnant of a Regimental flag and is probably the flag mentioned in the Regimental history as being inscribed with the battle honors. The complete list of inscriptions is given in the introduction to this Regiment’s history detailed above.


“Upon the National flag and Colors of the regiment were inscribed: “Kentucky,” “Monticello,” “East Tennessee,” “Campbell’s Station,” “Knoxville,” “Bean’s Station,” “Dandridge,” “Atlanta,” “Resaca,” “Kenesaw,” “Utoy Creek,” “Nashville,” “Columbia,” “Franklin,” “Wilmington,” “Fort Anderson;” and these inscriptions marked the places of their fall.”[1]

The One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment Illinois Infantry was mustered into service at Peoria, Illinois on September 20, 1862. The men for the Regiment volunteered from the following counties: Company A—Annawan Township in Henry County, Company B—Osceola Township in Stark County, Company C—Henry Country, Company D—Henry County, Company E—Stark County, Company F—Stark County, Company G—Galva Township in Henry County, Company H—Henry County, Company I—Henry County and Company K—Henry County. On October 8th, 1862 the Regiment was ordered to join the Army of Ohio at Cincinnati. In late October the Regiment served as guard on a supply train and marched south to Big Eagle, Kentucky and then on to Lexington, Kentucky arriving there on October 24th 1862.

On February 23, 1863 a mounted force of twenty-five men of the Regiment, while on patrol, was captured by Morgan’s rebel cavalry and sent to Parole Camp at Benton Barracks in St. Louis where they remained until exchanged the following September. They remained at Lexington on guard and provost duty until March 1863, when ordered to Danville, Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, the Union command believed that an overwhelming rebel force was invading Kentucky and ordered the Union forces to fall back north to the Kentucky River. The “invading force” proved to be only rebel forces gathering horses, mules and cattle and no fighting took place. In April the One Hundred and Twelfth returned to Danville where on April 24, Companies B, C, D, E, G and K became mounted infantry. Two days later the Regiment was ordered to Somerset, Kentucky and while enroute additional horses were obtained to mount Companies H and part of I. In May the Union forces moved further south and the One Hundred and Twelfth aided in driving a rebel force from a fortified position near Monticello, Kentucky. This was the first time that the Regiment was under fire.

The Regiment retuned to Somerset, Kentucky (at this time the remainder of the Regiment was mounted) and remained there until July. On June 10, 200 men from the 112th, along with 400 men from other regiments, rode on a 16-day raid into East Tennessee, capturing prisoners and horses and destroying bridges, railroads and supplies. From the Regiment five men were drowned and nine men were captured. During July, a detachment of one hundred and twenty-nine men under command of Captain Augustus Dunn of Company D scouted the area of Columbia, Albany and Burkesville, Kentucky and across the border into northern Tennessee capturing scattered rebel forces of Morgan’s command. July 26, One hundred and eighty men of the One Hundred and Twelfth were detailed with other Union troops to move from Danville to Richmond, Kentucky to intercept rebel forces moving north from London, Kentucky. At Richmond on July 28 the Union forces were attacked and surrounded but fought there way out and retreated to Lexington with little loss of men. On July 29th word reached Lexington that the rebel forces were at Winchester; Union forces, including the 112th, advanced to Winchester and succeeded in driving the rebel force of 1500 back across the Cumberland River, capturing 500 prisoners and recovering horses and other property taken by the rebel raiders.

In late August, the Regiment crossed the Crab Orchard Mountains and arrived in Kingston in East Tennessee on the Tennessee River on September 1st. During the remainder of 1863, and early 1864, the Regiment was in various actions in East Tennessee including those at Cleveland, Athens, Calhoun, Charleston, Lieper’s Ferry on the Holston River, Campbell’s Station, the Siege of Knoxville, Bean’s Station, Blain’s Crossroads and the area near Dandridge. These actions were often fought by only a detachment of the Regiment. However, in the East Tennessee campaign, losses were heavy, and more than 50 men were captured by the enemy—many of the captured subsequently died at Andersonville. At Knoxville, the 112th had 211 men on the field, and at the end of the fighting, over 70 men (one third) were killed, wounded or missing.

In late January 1864, the Regiment moved to Marysville, Tennessee and while en route skirmished at Flat Creek and Kelly’s Ford; on February 4th the Regiment was ordered to Knoxville and dismounted. From Knoxville the Regiment marched north to Mount Sterling, Kentucky and remained there until April 6. In May the One Hundred and Twelfth arrived at Tunnel Hill, Georgia and from then on fought in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. Following demonstrations against Dalton the Regiment fought in the battle of Resaca losing forty-six men either killed or wounded. Moving south the men also fought at Dallas, New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Lost Mountain, Muddy Creek, Noyes’ Creek, Cheyney’s Farm, Kenesaw Mountain, Chattahoochie River, the Siege of Atlanta, Utoy Creek, Jonesboro and Lovejoy Station.

Following the fall of Atlanta, the Regiment remained in camp in Decatur, Georgia until October 4th, when they marched in pursuit of Hood into north Georgia and Alabama. However, when it was reported that Hood had moved into Tennessee the 112th broke camp at Rome on October 30th and marched to Dalton, Georgia and then moved by rail to Nashville, Tennessee. From Nashville the Regiment marched to Thompson Station and then on to Pulaski, Tennessee arriving there in mid November. When Hood crossed the Tennessee River and attempted to flank the Union forces, the Union troops, including the 112th, retreated to Columbia and crossed the Duck River to Spring Hill skirmishing en route. At Franklin, on November 30th, the Union army, backs to the Harpeth River, was attacked by Hood’s forces resulting in heavy losses on both sides. During the night, the Union forces drew back across the Harpeth River toward Nashville. December 14th-15th the Regiment participated in the Union victory at Nashville and then joined in the pursuit of Hood’s forces to the Tennessee River.

In January 1865, the 112th, as part of the 23rd Army Corps, moved by steamboat and rail to Washington DC and then by steamship Atlantic to Fort Fisher guarding the Cape Fear River inlet at Wilmington, North Carolina. The Fort had already fallen and the 112th moved up the cape and assisted in the capture of Fort Anderson, and then Wilmington, North Carolina. In the campaign in the Carolinas the Regiment marched on Goldsboro, North Carolina and rejoined Sherman’s Army. Following Johnston’s surrender, the Regiment remained on duty at Goldsboro until muster out on June 20th, 1865.[6]

[1] Thompson, Bradford F., History of the 112th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the Great War of the Rebellion, 1862-1865, Printed at the Stark County News Office, Toulon, ILL, (1885) page 330-1.

[6] Ibid, Thompson.


Civil War photos at the Library of Congress

Website: Illinois State Genealogical Society - www.IlGenSoc.gov

Website: Find A Grave Pvt James Logan Stratton - www.FindAGrave.com

Website: Cyber Drive Illinois - www.ilsos.gov/genealogy/

Website: www.Archive.org

Book: A Book of Strattons: being a collection of Stratton records from England to Scotland, and a genealogical history of the early colonial Strattons in america, with five generations of their descendants, Volume II (1908)

Book: History of the 112th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the great War of the Rebellion (Civil War), 1862-1865 (1885), ~480 pages

Book: Stratton genealogy of Long Island, New York, 1901

Needed: Book: Dr. Michael Vincent, Born 1784, Columbia County, New York and His Descendants (Corporal Martin Luther Vincent, 112th Illinois Infantry, Company C, 67 personal letters)

"If you could see your Ancestors,
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them or not,
Or don't you really know?

But here's another question, which
Requires a different view --
If you could meet your Ancestors,
Would they be proud of You?"



Daniel Stratton (1781-1836) --> David Stratton (1783-1843) --> Pvt. James Logan Stratton (1832-1913) --> James Logan Stratton Jr. (1855-1932) & Mary Margaret Turner --> Claude Westley Stratton (1906-1961) & Ada Stratton (1908-1993) --> Jerald (Jake) Stratton (1937-) --> Terry Lee Stratton (1958-) --> Sean Michael Stratton (1983-)



11 - William Stratton born in 1585 - http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/r/o/Michael-C-Cronin/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0585.html
12 - Caleb Straton - familytreemaker.genealogy.com