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his commission as Captain of the “Belle City Rifles," and ordered to rendezvous his company at Camp Randall near Madison, Wis. His company was subsequently assigned as Company F. Second Wisconsin Infantry and with that regiment reached Washington City, June 1st, 1861.
Subsequently assigned to the brigade commanded by General Wm. T. Sherman, it went into camp at Fort Corcoran, Va., opposite Washington City, where it remained until the forward movement of the Union army.
He commanded his company during the engagement at Blackburn's Ford, July 18th, and during the battle of Bull Run, July 21st, and subsequently during the advance into Virginia via Cambridge in September, 1861.
September 12th he was commissioned as Major of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry, a new regiment then being enlisted, with Colonel Geo. E. Bryant as Colonel.
Returning to Wisconsin he joined his new command and during the months of October, November and December was actively engaged in fitting it for active service in the field.
The regiment left camp January 8th, 1862, under orders for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where it arrived February 10th,
In the latter part of this month the regiment was transferred to Fort Reilley, at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Forks, where it arrived April 25th, and just one month subsequently embarked for Columbus, Ky, where it arrived June 2nd and at once participated in the laborious work of repairing the Mobile and Ohio R. R., and rebuilding the bridge over Obian river, which being completed on the 1st of July, the regiment moved to Humbolt where it remained during the months of July, August and September, and until the second battle of Corinth, when Major Strong, then in command of the regiment, was ordered to make a forced march with his regiment to Bolivar, Tenn, for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Confederate army at the crossing of the Hatchie.
The 12th was subsequently attached to Lanman's brigade of 6th Div. ision and assigned to the “Right Wing” of the Army of the Tennessee, and with it participated in all the subsequent operations of that army, while Colonel Strong was detached and ordered to report for duty as Inspector-General-Right-Wing of the Army of the Tennessee, on staff of Major-General McPherson, commanding, an assignment and association terminated only by the General's untimely death in front of Atlanta on the 22nd of July, 1864.
After General McPherson's death he continued on the staff of General Howard as Inspector-General of the Army of the Tennessee until the close of the war, when he was appointed Inspector-General of the Freedmen's Bureau, in which position he served from May 19th, 1865 to September 1st, 1866, when he resigned with the brevet rank of Brigadier-General.
He was an active participant in the battles of Blackburn's Ford, Bull Run, Fort Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hills, Black River, Seige of Vicksburg, Resacca, Dallas, New Hope, Kenesaw, Nickajack, Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, March to the Sea, Fort McAllister, Pocatalago and Bentonville. January 1st, 1867 he formed a business connection with the Peshtigo Lumbering Company of which he subsequently became President and so remained up to the time of his death.
April 25th, 1867, he married Mary B. Ogden, daughter of Malon D. Ogden and established his place of business and residence in the city of Chicago.
The fruit of this marriage were three children, Ogden, Henrietta and Mary, now respectively 21, 18 and 15 years of age.
His wife and daughters were for some years absent in Europe, and the General finding himself the victim of a growing disability-Bright's disease-which he feared would sooner or later prove fatal, determined to visit his family, with the added hope that the change might benefit his health.
Accompanied by his nephew, M. Fuller, he sailed from New York on the 14th of March, and joined his family in Florence, Italy. For a short time his health appeared to be improved, but in less than a month the end came.
General Strong was one of the best known and most generally beloved soldiers of the Army of the Tennessee. With qualities of heart in every way in keeping with his grand physical proportions, he was the beau ideal of manliness, honor and unswerving friendship. Bright, cheerful and sociable, and capital story-teller, and inimitable in the rendition of army songs, he was the life, soul and center of every gathering of his old comrades of the army. In future symposiums of the rapidly thinning membership of the guilds of heroes his vacant place will be tearfully noticed, and his old companions will recall him to memory when they read the honored death-roll headed by the names of Grant, Sherman and Sheridan.
General Strong was Inspector-General of the Illinois National Guard from December, 1875, until January 1st, 1880, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and Brigadier-General, and was at the same time Inspector-General of rifle practice. He was tendered the colonelship of the 1st regiment, and was later offered the command of the 1st Brigade by Governor Cullum, but declined both offices for business reasons. He was a prominent member of the military order of the Loyal Legion. He was Junior Vice-Commander for three years, Senior Vice-Commander for one year, and Commander for another year. He was President of the Board of Trustees of the Grant memorial fund. In addition to his connection with the Loyal Legion, he was a member of George H. Thomas Post G. A. R. He belonged to the Chicago Commercial, Literary, and Tolleston Clubs.
He was a staunch Republican, and one of the most universally trusted men of the party. At the memorable National Republican convention of 1880 the entire confidence reposed in General Strong was manifested by his unanimous election as Sergeant-at-Arms. His excellent arrangements in relation to the custody of the building on that important occasion and the maintenance of order were perfect. Never were masses of people so skillfully handled. The convention, it will be remembered, was remarkable for the unusual length of time it lasted, for the large number of distinguished men who participated in the proceedings, for oratory of extraordinary brilliancy and power, for audiences that were multitudes, for the intense interest it created in the public mind and for the unexpected issue of the prolonged struggle. General Strong's services on the occasion were incomparable. At the convention's close he was publicly thanked in resolutions presented by the late President Garfield.
His political labors, though silent and unostentatious, were invaluable. A patriot rather than a politician, incapable of rancor or bias, broadininded, generous and unselfish almost to a fault, his great executive ability rendered him without compeer in committee matters. He was ever content to organize, and his rejoicings were none the less when the fruits and honors of victory were won by others.
Eager as were the many military and business friends of the dead veteran to demonstrate their esteem and love for him in an elaborate manner, the last wishes of the deceased, as well as the request of the family, prevented any display, yet the character of the great gathering at St. James' Episcopal church, as well as at Graceland, testified to the high regard in which General Strong was held by the leading men of the community. A number of the mourners assembled at the family residence, 392 Ohio street, shortly after one o'clock. Besides the sorrowing relatives there were a committee of the Loyal Legion, delegations of the Army of the Tennessee and the Grand Army of the Republic and the active and honorary pall-bearers, who gathered around the casket. Rev. Dr. Arthur Edwards offered a short prayer over the remains, which were then taken to the church, where the delegation of the Commercial Club and of the various veteran organizations had previously assembled. It was a gathering such as is not often witnessed. Numerous were the gray-haired men, leaders in business and professional circles, including such men as,
T. W. Harvey, Marshall Field, Geo. M. Pullman,
A. F. Seeberger, J. W. Doane,
F. MacVeagh, F. N. Head,
H. J. Macfarland, Capt. McAuley,
Potter Palmer, J. B. Carson,
Col. C. W. Davis, Gen. Robbins,
C. T. Hotchkiss, Edgar W. Swain, James L. High, Simon H. Crane, J. M. Adams,
H. W. Jackson, David Gile. The great audience stood with bowed heads and hushed in silence while the vesper bells tolled in measured intervals as the procession, headed by the cross-bearer, entered the church, followed by the clergy, among whom were Rt. Rev. Bishop Fallows, the chaplain of the Grand Army, and Dr. Arthur Edwards, the chaplain of the Loyal Legion. The remains reposed in a leaden coffin, in which they had been conveyed from Florence, Italy, where General Strong died. The coffin was placed in a mahogany casket, bearing as the only ornamentation a silver breast plate with the inscription:
WILLIAM EMERSON STRONG.
Born, August 10, 1840.
Died, April 10,1891. The lower half of the casket was shrouded in the American flag. The only floral tributes were a pillow of roses and lilies surrounding the rosette of the Loyal Legion and a wreath of laurel and palms. Preceding the remains came the honorary pall-bearers, Judge Walter Q. Gresham, General A. C. Ducat, General Hickenlooper of Cincinnati, and Captain David H. Gile, of the Loyal Legion; William Munro and John M. Clark, of the Commercial Club; General W.C. Newberry and General J. B. Smith of the Army of the Potomac; General A. L. Chetlain and Colonel James A. Sexton of the Army of the Tennessee; Judge Kirk Hawes and Captain A. T. Andreas, of the Grand Army; Colonel A. F. Stevenson and Major F. A. Otis, of the Army of the Cumberland, and Potter Palmer and George C. Hempstead, intimate friends of the deceased. The relatives— Mrs Strong, the widow, his three children, Ogden, Henrietta and Mary and Mrs. Fuller, a sisterand two faithful attendants of the General during his last sufering followed the remains, which were borne by Patrick E. Wright, Gustav Hallerson, Thomas Ford John McMeekin, James Hayes, Charles Albrecht, John Ryan and Andrew Johnson, employees of the Peshtigo Lumber Company, of which the deceased was President. The services at St. James' were confined to the ritual of the burial of the dead as prescribed by the Episcopalian church. At Graceland, whence most of the military delegates and those of the Commercial Club followed the remains, the solemn burial exercises of the Grand Army of the Republic were observed, Bishop Fallows officiating. Over the grave bugle taps were sounded, the only distinctive military display during the obsequies.
Thus has passsd away a man whose departure from life creates a void impossible to fill; for his was a life distinctively marked by unvarying courage, patriotism, manliness, sincerity and a strength of friendship that knows no bounds.
Brave, generous and noble in his military career, manly, courteous and companionable in his social relations, conscientious, honorable and upright in his business life; and kind, considerate and pure in all his domestic relations, he became a typical representative of the very highest order of American citizenship.
Colonel Henry T. Noble died at Dixon, Ill., April 15th, 1891.
Colonel Noble was born in Birkshire county, Mass., May 30th, 1830, and when twenty years of age became a resident of Dixon, Ill., first as school teacher and subsequently as a banker.
He entered the service as a private in Company A., 13th Illinois Infantry on the 17th of April, 1861, promoted to Lieutenant, April 21st, and to Captain, May 24th, 1861. With his regiment he participated in various Missouri campaigns.
In December, 1862, he was detached and assigned to duty as Quartermaster on the staff of General N. A. Gorman, commanding District of Eastern Arkansas. Subsequently transferred to the staff of General L. F. Ross, he participated in all the campaigns of the 13th A. C. along the Mississippi river, including the siege of Vicksburgh.
July 8th, 1863, he was commissioned by the President as Captain and Acting Quartermaster, and in this capacity served in the Arkansas campaigns of which department he subsequently became Chief Quartermaster with the brevet rank of Colonel. He returned from service, October 5th, 1866, with testimonials of hearty commendation from his superiors and the love and respect of all with whom he had been brought in contact.
His patriotism was broad and grand as his business enterprise, which contributed so much to the prosperity of his adopted city, which he so long and successfully served as chief executive.
His munificent liberality, executive ability and indomitable energy left its impress upon every measure that he espoused.
And now we, his companions of the Army of the Tennessee, will sadly miss his cordial smile and kindly greeting, seeking and finding consolation only in the fact that our loss is his gain.
Colonel Kilbourn Knox died at the National Military Home, near Milwaukee, Wis., on the 17th of April, 1891.
Colonel Knox was born at Lawrenceville, Logan county, Penn., October, 1812, of Judge John C. Knox and Adelaide Kilburn, both residents of Tiago county.
Having received a liberal education and in the full vigor of young manhood, he was well equipped to respond to his country's call by accepting on the 14th of May, 1861, an appointment as First Lieutenant in the 13th U. S. Infantry, from which he was subsequently detailed for staff duty with the lamented McPherson. As mustering officer of the 17th A. C. and subsequently of the Army of the Tennessee, he accompanied his honored chief in all his marches, battles, sieges and campaigns from 1862 to the time of his lamented death. Then continuing his services in the same capacity until after the capture of Savannah,