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John N. Upton
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Company F

87th Illinois Infantry
United States
Civil War

Grand Army Of The Republic Veteran (used by permission of The Flag Guys о)

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John N. Upton
John N. Upton
19 September 1942
15 July 1917

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 Illinois State Seal


Cemetery marker
Military Record
87th Illinois

Cemetery marker
Springer Cemetery
Hamilton County, Illinois

John N. Upton

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Military Record
source: Civil War Soldiers And Sailors System

US soldiers

John N. Upton

Regiment Name: 87th Illinois Infantry
Side: Union
Company:  F
Soldier's Rank In: Sergeant
Soldier's Rank Out: 1st Sergeant

source:  Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans

NAME               RANK   COMPANY    UNIT           RESIDENCE
UPTON, JOHN N      SGT    F          87 IL US INF   WHITE CO                    

source: Roster of Company F 87th Illinois Infantry

UPTON, JOHN N      SERGEANT  WHITE CO     SEP 22, 1862     MO JUN 16, 1865 AS 1ST SGT                    

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John N. Upton, John Henry Upton, Francis Marion Upton

(left to right) John N. Upton, John Henry Upton, Francis Marion Upton

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source: Roster of Company F 87th Illinois Infantry
Federal officers

Captain John H. Wasson
1st Lieutenant Nathaniel B. Hodsdun

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87th Illinois
sources: Illinois At Vicksburg, 87th Infantry, Illinois Volunteers (pp. 247-248)
Adjutant General's Report (pp. 239-240)
Union troops  

2 Aug-3 Oct 1862

Went in to camp at Shawneetown IL and mustered in

31 Jan 1863

Left for Memphis TN aboard transports Freestone and May Duke

4 Feb 1863

Arrived in Memphis TN, joined expedition with 63rd Illinois to Hernando MS to battle Col. Blythe's partisan rangers from Confederate Calvary

9 May 1863

Left aboard steamer Crescent City bound for Young's Point LA with 63rd Illinois

11 May 1863

Arrived Young's Point LA engaging in picket and fatigue duty

19 May 1863

Moved to Milliken's Bend LA engaging in road building and picket duty

21 May 1863

Crossed Mississippi River at Warrrenton MS and took position in left line with 63rd Illinois around Vicksburg, under steady fire for six hours

23 May 1863

Ordered to right of line around Vicksburg

3 June 1863

Performed as sharpshooters and performed night picket duty until capture of Vicksburg

4 July 1863

Left to take part in second capture of Jackson MS

20 July 1863

Returned to Vicksburg

25 July 1863

Departed for Natchez and took part in expedition to Kingston to caputre Confederate cotton

10 Aug 1863

Embarked for New Orleans LA with 47th Indiana

13 Sept 1863

Located in Brashear City LA

Sept-Oct 1863

Engaged in expeditions along Atchafalaya and Teche Bayous, and at Grand Coteau and Vermillionville LA

Nov 1863

Mounted regiment, scouted around Franklin and New Iberia LA

1 Jan 1864

Returned to New Iberia LA, performing scouting duty

Feb 1864

Joined with 1st Louisiana in Gulf region

14 Mar 1864

Led calvary during Red River campaign

7 Apr 1864

Battle of Wilson's Hill, 30 men killed or wounded

8 Apr 1864

Battle of Sabine Crossroads (Mansfields)

9 Apr 1864

Battle of Pleasant Hill

15 May 1864

Battle of Marksville

21 May 1864

Returned to Morganza Bend LA

Summer 1864

Manned steamer Baltic engaging in scouting and other maneuvers

1 Aug 1864

Capt. Thomas Sheridan and 50 men captured near Williamsport LA

4 Sep 1864

Left for White River AR aboard steamer Ohio Belle

Fall/Winter 1864

Scouting duty in Arkansas and along Mississippi River

Jan 1865

Stationed at St. Charles and moved to Helena AR to perform scouting duties

15/16 June 1865

Mustered out

24 June 1865

Arrived Springfield IL

2/3 July 1865

Regiment paid off and disbanded at Camp Butler


Other notes about the 87th Illinois:

bulletMeasles broke out shortly after arriving in Memphis in 1863, accounted for 250 dead/disabled during the war
bulletIn the Battle of Sabine Crossroads, 87th Illinois was the only regiment to leave the battlefield in regimental formation
bulletCapture of 50 men in August 1864 was the only time troops from the 87th Illinois were captured during the war

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