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Eugene DEVILLEZ
Biography
Indiana
Comp. G, 93rd Indiana Volunteers Infantry
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Enlisted

25 Aug. 1862, Comp. G, 93rd Indiana, commanded by Capt. Spillman

Discharged

Camp Chase, Ohio, 16 June 1865

Height

5 feet 8 inches

Complexion

light

Hairs

light

Eyes

blues

Born

Belgium

Married

Mary Alvey in Leopold by Rev. J. P. Dion, July 17, 1866. Mary died May 2, 1920.

Death

near Eldorado, Illinois on 03 Jan. 1905.

Children

- Emma Born 02/06/67
- William Born 02/03/69
- Mary E. Born 03/04/71
- Suzan Born 08/01/73
- John W. 12/07/76
- Eugène Born 27/07/78
- James H. Born 16/09/80
- Henry Born 01/10/82
- Viola V. Born 31/12/84

Biography :

Frederick Meunier and Ed. Devillez were together all the time during the three years of their enlistment and before that every since they were little boys. Devillez enlisted at the same time than Frederick Meunier in the same company G .

The second day of December 1862, the 93rd Indiana with other US troops, were being transported from Cairo to Memphis on the steamer " Forest Queen ", and the boat being crowded, the comp. G of Devillez was quartered on top of the boat without any shelter or protection and without sufficient covering. The weather was very inclement and severely cold and Devillez contracted a bad cold which made him sick, and which resulted in catarrh and neuralgia in a severe form about the 10th Nov. 1862 (on the roll, the 93rd was at Pigeon Creek (30/11) and Fayette, Tenn. (31/12).

Devillez was with the part of the 93rd Ind. captured at Guntown, Miss. in June 1864 (battle of Brices Cross Road, Miss. , 10 June 1864) with Frederick Meunier and John Marks of the same company. They messed together during all their imprisonment.

At Andersonville, Devillez suffered particularly of rheumatism, specially in the left side and leg.

In Sept. 64 Devillez and Meunier were together transferred to the prison at Florence, South Carolina. There the said diseases were greatly aggravated by neuralgia and rheumatism in the hips, and Devillez continued ill and helpless till exchanged.

When exchanged on the way to the US lines, Feb. 1865, he became entirely unable to stand removal and so very ill he did not even recognize Meunier when he tried to tell him good-bye on leaving him, and Meunier feared Devillez was fatally ill. Meunier was paroled at Aikens Landing Va. on 24 Feb. 1865.

When he cam to the home of his father Francis Devillez, in the late part of June 1865, Eugene was not able to travel about for some time. He was a mere skeleton, but did not employ a physician. His father was not a regular physician, but had valuable receipts and done some practice in the neighborhood amongst his neighbors, but treated him till the begin of 1867 when Eugène consulted a legal physician.

During the years 187. , Devillez moved to Anderson Township, Perry County

Sources :

- Pension file of Eugene DEVILLEZ. Invalid: application # 399668 certificate # 293293. Widows: application # 820009 certificate # 589244 
   + Affidavits from Joseph Collignon, Henry Devillez and Frederick Meunier.
   + Testimonies : Joseph GÊNET (Léopold)- Victor MARSHAL (Léopold)- John MARKS (Léopold)- Joseph COLLIGNON (Liby Dale)- Frederick MEUNIER (Louisville, Kentucky / Crystal City, Missouri in +/- 1883)

EUGENE DEVILLEZ was born in the kingdom of Belgium, July 24, 1847, being the third of a family of eight children of Francis and Frances (Thery) Devillez, who came to this county about 1853, first locating in Leopold Township where they lived until their respective deaths. Eugene began life's battle on his own account at the age of thirteen years, and two years later, or at the age of fifteen, enlisted in Company G, Ninety-third Indiana Volunteers, and served until June 17, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He participated in the entire siege of Vicksburg and all the important movements around that city; was at Jackson, Miss., was captured at Guntown and then imprisoned at Mobile, Andersonville and Florence, and at the end of nine months' confinement weighed ninety pounds thirty days after his release, instead of 172 pounds, his weight when captured. July 17, 1866, he married Mary A. Alvey who bore him ten children, nine now living: Emma, William, Mary E., Susanna, John, Eugene, James, Henry and Viola. Mr. Devillez is a a farmer and stock-raiser, owns 300 acres, belongs to the G.A.R., is a Republican, and is a useful citizen.

"History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana - Anderson Township" by Goodspeed Bros. & Co. - published in 1885

 

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