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1 JAMES ELMER SHEDDEN 36th Illinois Volunteer Regiment 15th Illinois Cavalry Regiment S401 Great-Great-Grandfather

JAMES SHEDDEN was born on April 7,1836 in Scotland, the son of Robert and Margaret (Young) Shedden.

He was living as a blacksmith in Plato Center of Kane County, Illinois with his wife, Elmira Jane Reser, and their first two children when he enlisted to fight in the Civil War. He was 25 years old at the time.

On July 4,1861, James Shedden enlisted in the 36th Illinois Volunteer Regiment, Company B or "Plato" Cavalry. It was also called Jenks’ Independent Cavalry Company. This group was later assigned to the 15th Illinois Cavalry as Company I on December 25,1862.

His service started at Camp Hammond, just south of Aurora, Illinois. From there to Quincy, Illinois, over the Burlington Railroad, then down the Mississippi to St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis they were placed in box cars on the now Frisco Railroad and taken to Rolla, Missouri, where they spent the winter until February of 1862.

From Rolla they went to Springfield, Missouri, with General Curtis and then to northwest Arkansas to fight in the Battle of Pea Ridge. There the Union Army defeated the Southern Army’s General Price.

The 36th then headed for Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and took a boat to Cairo, Illinois, and up the Tennessee River to their 1863 winter camp, Camp Reinzi, near Shiloh, in Tennessee, just north of Corinth, Mississippi.

James participated in the following major encounters with the 36th Illinois Regiment:

  • Pea Ridge (Benton County, Arkansas) - March 6,1862 - Union victory
        A total of 5,949 casualties (1,349 Union and 4,600 Confederate)
  • luka (Tishomingo County, Mississippi) - September 19,1862 - Union victory
        A total of 1,482 casualties (782 Union and 700 Confederate)
  • Corinth (Alcorn County, Mississippi) - October 3,1862 - Union victory
        A total of 7,197 casualties (2,359 Union and 4,838 Confederate)

The 36th Illinois Regiment was then assigned to 15th Illinois Regiment as Company I.

The 15th Illinois Regiment was split with James Shedden in Company I going to Memphis, Tennessee and then to Vicksburg, Mississippi, May through July 1863. Then down to Jackson, Mississippi. From there to New Iberia and finally meeting up to the rest of the regiment at Helena, Arkansas.

James participated in the following major encounter with the 15th Illinois Regiment:

  • Vicksburg (Warren County, Mississippi) - May 16 - July 4,1863 - Union victory
        A total of 19,233 casualties (10,142 Union and 9,091 Confederate)
He was mustered out September 23, 1864. He was home in Illinois by October 1864.

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