History of the Eighty-Fifth Regiment
Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Compiled and Published Under the Auspices of the
Regimental Association
Henry J. Aten
First Sergeant Company G
Member of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland

Hiawatha, Kansas

Roster of Company E

Captain Pleasant S. Scott
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Captain Pleasant S. Scott was born in Washington county, Virginia, July 29, 1822, removed to Illinois in June, 1857, and settled at Petersburg, in Menard county. At the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion he was carrying the United States mail, and began recruiting a company on July 17, 1862. At the organization of the company he was elected captain, served to the close of the war and was mustered out with the regiment. At North Chickamauga, in the fall of 1863, he was captured and sent to Libby prison at Richmond, Va., from which he escaped after some four months confinement. After much suffering and many narrow escapes from recapture, he reached the Union lines, and rejoined his company in the spring of 1864. He was wounded at the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, but soon recovered and resumed command of his company. He was promoted to be major of the regiment May 19, 1865, but the regiment was below the number which would permit his muster, and he was mustered out as captain. He returned to his old home in Illinois, and for the last fifteen years he has held the office of justice of the peace, and is holding that office at the present time. His address is Petersburg, Menard county, Illinois.

First Lieutenant Joseph M. Plunkett
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First Lieutenant Joseph M. Plunkett, aged forty-five, born in Concord, Cabarrus county, North Carolina, and enlisted from Petersburg, Ill., where he was at the time city marshal. He was elected first lieutenant at the organization of the company; served through the Kentucky campaign, and resigned December 21, 1862. He returned to Petersburg, where he died in about 1870.

First Lieutenant Hugh A. Trent
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First Lieutenant Hugh A. Trent, aged thirty-one, born in Petersburg, Menard county, Illinois. He was chosen sergeant at the organization of the company; served through the Kentucky campaign, was promoted first lieutenant December 21, 1862, and served with his company until severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 19, 1864. When he recovered so as to be able to travel he secured a leave of absence and returned home. He was dismissed from the service on May 2, 1865, for absence without leave, and, as the writer is informed, died from the effects of his wounds soon after the close of the war.

Second Lieutenant Abraham L. Clary
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Second Lieutenant Abraham L. Clary was born in Petersburg, Menard county, Illinois, April 20, 1839, and was a farmer when he enlisted from his native town. He was elected second lieutenant at the organization of the company; served through the Kentucky campaign, and resigned at Nashville, Tenn., January 20, 1863. He returned to his former home; was a clerk in a dry goods store for some sixteen years, and is at present coroner of Menard county. His address is Petersburg, Ill.

Second Lieutenant Clark N. Andrus
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Second Lieutenant Clark N. Andrus (promoted adjutant. See field and staff).


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