Military Resources for DeWitt County Illinois

This page is designed for sharing information about the men and women of DeWitt County who served the United States during wartime. If you wish to share DeWitt County information related to veterans and military service, please include "DeWitt Wartime" on the subject line of your message.

Click HERE to submit wartime information.

The Letters of William Coy Bryant

Mark D. Bryant has written a story about his relative, William Coy Bryant, who served in the 107th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and he has generously donated a copy to the DeWitt County website.  Letters written to and from William during the Civil War were tucked away in a relative's attic, and they were just discovered a few years ago.  Transcribed copies were shared with Mark, and using the letters and his own research on the townspeople of Wapella, William's hometown, Mark was able to write a wonderful story.  If you have an interest in this time period, you will enjoy reading this story about William Coy Bryant. (Bryant PDF - 1824 KB)

Civil War Pension File Abstracts

Mary K.(Meliza) Berg has collected Civil War Pension files over the years for the soldiers who came from Farmer City, and she is kindly donating the abstracted information to the DeWitt County website.  Check back as new files are added.

Civil War Pension Files

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home Residents (1887-1916)

This database is from the Illinois State Archives.  It lists the names of male residents of the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home, from DeWitt County, admitted from its opening in 1887 through September 1916 and female residents from 1908 through September 1916.  Included, here, are copies of their INDIVIDUAL RECORDS.

The Military Reading Room

Come read the stories of the brave men who fought in the Civil War, as told in their letters home, or read articles regarding the reunions held after the war.  These are valuable resources for researching your DeWitt county and surrounding area ancestors who served in the Grand Army of the Republic, their families, and the stories written about them.  Feel free to browse a while or search for YOUR surnames!


Select news items and letters posted in the Clinton Public



Articles appearing in the Clinton Public regarding Civil War Regimental Reunions

 Searchable Index - Spanish-American War Veterans

This database of Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans indexes the portion of the ninth volume of the nine volume publication, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, which lists veterans of that war. (The remainder of the ninth and the other eight volumes list veterans of the Black Hawk, Mexican, and Civil Wars.) This 1902 publication, originating from the rosters maintained by the Illinois Adjutant General, is the result of an 1899 Illinois statute mandating that the rosters of Illinois volunteers be printed. The names of approximately 11,000 men, organized into 10 regiments, are found in its pages. The volume includes a roster and history for each regiment. - Provided by the Illinois State Archives -

1883 Federal Pension Roll

DeWitt County Civil War Regiments

Provided by The ILGenWeb Civil War Project

 Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans

The Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls database is a transcription of each soldier's entry in the record series, Muster and Descriptive Rolls. The database contains information about over 285,000 soldiers from Illinois who served in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion. Each entry includes all of the information that was recorded by the Illinois Adjutant General in the original Muster and Descriptive Rolls. Entries for each roll include soldier's name; rank; age; height; colors of eyes, hair, and complexion; occupation; marital status; birthplace; residence; date, place, and term of enrollment; name   Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War Veterans' Memorial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield   of individual who enrolled soldier; date and place of muster into service; name of mustering officer; date and place of muster out; name of mustering-out officer; and remarks concerning transfers, promotions, injuries, or special duty.  - Provided by the Illinois State Archives -

Medal of Honor Citations

The President, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of Honor to our nation's bravest Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen since the decoration's creation in 1861. For years, the citations highlighting these acts of bravery and heroism resided in dusty archives and only sporadically were printed. In 1973, the U.S. Senate ordered the citations compiled and printed as Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973). This book was later updated and reprinted in 1979. The breakdown of these is a duplicate of that in the congressional compilation. Likewise, some minor misspelling and other errors are duplicated from the official government volume. These likely were the result of the original transcriptions.

1929 Roll of Honor

This database indexes the 1929 publication, Roll of Honor, which contains the locations of the burial places of soldiers, sailors, marines, and army nurses who served in any of the wars of the United States and are buried in Illinois. The database contains more than 72,000 names. The General Assembly mandated in 1927 and 1929 that Illinois publish the Roll of Honor as an aid to patriotic and veteran organizations honoring deceased veterans on Memorial Day. The Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish-American War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans of the World War, and the 33rd Division War Veterans Association were among the various organizations that gathered the information. - Provided by the Illinois State Archives -

Illinois in the Mexican War

Records of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 by Isaac H. Elliot (pub. 1882). Compiled by volunteers for the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park into this database.

A database of almost 5,600 Illinois men who enlisted as volunteers for the Mexican War (1846-1848). The place of enlistment is listed by city, not county. The troops would organize and then travel to a designated city to be enlisted.