Pvt. John Thompson

Co. I – 106th Illinois Regiment Infantry

John Thompson was a private in the Illinois 106th Infantry, Company I.  He was born about 1834 in Greene County, Pennsylvania to Samuel Thompson and Hannah Hamilton.  At age 34, he is described as being 6 ft. tall, gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.  Sometime during the 1850s, John migrated to Logan County, Illinois.

John volunteered with the Union Army on August 8, 1862 at Elkhart, Illinois and was mustered into service on September 17, 1862 at Lincoln, Illinois.  After training and drilling in Lincoln, he was then sent to Jackson, Tennessee and detailed as a provost guard for the M & O Railroad until March 1863.  His regiment was then sent to Vicksburg, Mississippi where they served in the trenches from June 9th through July 4th.  After the surrender of Vicksburg, he was ordered to Helena, Arkansas where, under the Army of the Frontier, he took part in the capture of Little Rock.  The regiment was mustered out of service on July 12, 1865 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

After the Civil War, John remained in Logan County, Illinois where he worked as a farmer.  He was married to Margaret Rush on December 31, 1859 at Lincoln, IL.  He had five children: James, Hannah, Mary (nickname Molly), John L. and Charles.  John's wife, Margaret, passed away March 9, 1882. His daughter Mary never married.  She stayed with John and took care of him up until his death on March 24, 1907.  He was laid to rest next to his wife, Margaret, at Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut, Illinois.