Pictures & Battle Reports


"4th Regimental Flag Picture" This Cavalry Standard of the fourth Illinois Cavalry measures approximately 30" x 20". Flag Description: Based on the rays above the stars and the shape of the eagle, this flag was manufactured by Gilbert and Hubbard of Chicago. The men of this Regiment served from Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Will, Putnam, Vermilion, Woodford, Logan, Kankakee, McLean and Rock Island Counties. Company A commanded by Captain E.D. Osbrand of Chicago served as an escort for Gen. U.S. Grant from November 1861 until August 1863 (through the Vicksburg campaign). Company C was detached and guarded the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge over the Big Muddy River north of Carbondale, Illinois

"Major Gen.McClernands Report", Battle report on the action at Shiloh,to Major Gen.U.S.Grant

"Shiloh, A Requiem Poem", Poem by Herman Melville 1862

"Picture of General Grant" While Occupying Pittsburg Landing, Gen.Grant entertained no thought of a Confederate attack. Halleck's instructions were that following the arrival of General Buell's Army of the Ohio from Nashville, Grant would advance south in a joint offensive to seize the Memphis and Charleston railroad, the Confederacy's only east-west all weather supply route that linked the lower mississippi Valley to cities on the Confederacy's east coast.

"Letter From Lyle T.Dickey", A Letter from Lyle T. Dickey to his Aunt, pertaining the battle of Shiloh

"Lyle T. Dickey Picture" , Theophilus Lyle Dickey was born in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, on October 2, 1811. His ancestry was of Scotch-Irish stock, who had settled in South Carolina, Virginia, then Kentucky. Lyle T. Dickey organized the 4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry.

"BrigiderGeneral W. T. Sherman" Picture

"Shermans Battle Report of Shiloh", General Sherman report to Major General Grant on the battle of Shiloh

"General Prentiss'", Major Gen. J.A.Mclernand report to Major General Grant,after the battle Shiloh,(Hornet's Nest-Prentiss' division) Before my left, the Third Brigade, could form for support of General Sherman, the enemy had pierced General Prentiss' line, later taking him and a number of his men prisoners,which forced back General Sherman's left wing

"General W.H.L.Wallace" Picture, Colonel Lyle Dickey wrote in a letter about Wallace. I had heard from General Grant on the shiloh battle field, that Wallace was not dead, he was sent to the steamboat landing. around 11:00p.m. I walked to the landing and found my daughter (Ann Wallace) Dickey's Daughter, and Wallace's wife. Ann was by his side. No surroundings of my life were more painful. Ann had been in the neighborhood for three days, was hanging on the bed of her dying husband and I could not come to her support. Brigadier-General, Commanding. General W. H. L. Wallace died at the Cherry mansion in Savannah some days after being mortally wounded at Shiloh.

"Brigadier General S.A.Hurlburt" Picture, Major-General, John A. McClernand report to Grant: On the evening of the 6th of April, Generals Hurlbut's and Buell's troops were on my left, with General hurlbut commander of the 4th Division,the 4th illinois Cavalry, and 3rd Battalion serving under General Hurlbut's 4th Division.

"Major General Lew Wallace" Picture, Included in Major General John A. Mclernand, to Grant: April 7th McAllister's battery was again brought up to the center of my line, and again replied to the battery in front and to another to its left. A few minutes after I discovered troops to my right, near Owl Creek, which I was informed, were General Lew Wallace's.

"Big Black Battlefield", Rare Old Battlefield Picture

"Letter from Pittsburg Landing", Written by Adieu H. Johnson to his wife, including a letter from is Pa, to his son Adieu, written April 28,1862

"Charles John Hitch of Company "C" and "D" Picture, This Wonderful old Picture was submitted by: Mr. Mike Hitch, along with a article from a newspaper cliping (This is Great)This was provided to me by descendants of that branch of the family now in Georgia. I show that Charles John Hitch and his brother Stephen Smithy Hitch both served in the 4th Illinois. Below is a transcription of a 1953 newspaper article from Illinois describing the brothers who lived to ripe old ages:

A copy of an article from a 1953 (perhaps September 27) newspaper from Chatsworth, Illinois was sent to me by William H. Hitch of Ben Hill Co.,Georgia in December 1994. It goes as follows: Looking Backward "Items Gleaned From The Plaindealers of Yesteryear" "THIRTY YEARS AGO" September 27, 1923.

It is not often that three brothers, all of whom past 80 years of age and are still spry and in good health, are able to meet together and enjoy a reunion, yet that is what took plac in Chatsworth on Wednesday. Stephen S. Hitch, aged 86, resides in Chatsworth and is one of the town's most liked citizens. Chas. Hitch, aged 84, is a resident of Fitzgerald, Georgia, an extensive land owner and landed in America from England three days before the civil war and about a year later he and Stephen volunteered their services for the United States and served in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry during the war. Robert, aged 82, resides in El Paso and is the only survivor of the organizers of El Paso's first bank. He, like the other two, is an honored citizen. All three of these gentlemen were together Wednesday in Chatsworth and spent the day at the S.S. Hitch home.Yours truly, Mike Hitch

(Editor's Note:) "Thank You Mike Hitch" for your wonderful gift to the 4th Illinois Cavalry