Charles Wesley Hatfield [12765] Details

Charles Wesley Hatfield [D137] b.1841 15 Jul - Schuyler Co., IL d.1865 Bef. - [CW] Memphis, TN ----- Parents ----- Charles Hatfield [D2] Mary "Polly" LeMaster [D3] ----- Siblings ----- Elizabeth Hatfield [D4] Abraham Hatfield [D11] John Hatfield [D51] Hugh Erwin Hatfield [D56] William Fletcher Hatfield [D67] Sally Ann Hatfield [D69] Andrew Hatfield [D70] Charles Wesley Hatfield [D137] James Harvey Hatfield [D138] Mary Josephine Hatfield [D145]
Probaby named after Charles Wesley (1770-1780) the great hymnwriter and co-founder of Methodism. He was the brother of John Wesley. He wrote hundreds of hymns and poems., including Hark the Herald Angels Sing. A private in the 62nd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War He also served in Co. A 14th Illinois Infantry and was killed in battle This regiment was first called into the State service, for thirty days, under "Ten Regiment Bill." It was mustered into service of the State for thirty days, on May 4, 1861, and on the 25th of the same month it was mustered into the United States' Service for three years, by Captain Pitcher, U. S. A. The regiment rendezvoused at Camp Duncan, Jacksonville, until late in June, where it received instructions; then proceeded to Quincy, Illinois, and from thence to Missouri, where, in connection with the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry, July 5, it did good service in keeping down the spirit of the rebellion. In February, 1862, the regiment was ordered to Fort Donelson, where it arrived the day subsequent to its surrender; was brigaded with the Fifteenth and Forty-sixth Illinois, and Twenty-fifth Indiana, and assigned to the Second Brigade, Fourth Division, under Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut. In the meantime, Col. Palmer had been promoted to the Colonelcy. From Fort Donelson, the regiment proceeded to Fort Henry, where it embarked on transports and proceeded up the Tennessee river to Pittsburg Landing. In the engagement, April 6th and 7th, when the regiment was for the first time under fire, the loss in killed and wounded was fully one-half the command engaged. The colors, which came out of this bloody conflict, with forty-two bullet holes through them, fully attest the gallantry of the command in this memorable struggle. The grand charge on the night of the 7th, was made with this regiment in advance, led by Col. Hall. The Fourteenth took an active part in the siege of Corinth, and after its evacuation, proceeded to Memphis, and thence to Bolivar, Tenn. The regiment also participated in the fight with the retreating enemy from Corinth, in which it sustained its former reputation. Was with Grant in northern Mississippi; was at Vicksburg; in the siege of Jackson, Mississippi. At Atlanta, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Illinois regiments were consolidated, and known as the veteran battalion. In October, 1864, when rebel General Hood made his attacks against Sherman's rear, a large number of the battalion were killed, and the major part of the balance were taken prisoners and sent to Andersonville prison. Those who escaped capture were mounted, and on the grand march to the sea, acted as scouts and were continually in advance, being the first to drive the enemy's pickets into Savannah, Georgia. The battalion was the first to enter Cheraw, South Carolina; Fayetteville, North Carolina; and also took part in the battle of Bentonville. Took part in the grand review of Sherman's army, at Washington, D. C., May 24, 1865. The regiment was mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas, Sept. 16, 1865. During the four years and four months of arduous service, the regiment marched 4,490 miles, traveled by rail 2,330 miles, and by river 4,490 miles - aggregating 11,670 miles.

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