Corp. Eleazer Smith Hull

Co. G - 151st Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers

Eleazer Smith Hull, a member of Co. G, 151st Illinois Volunteer Regiment, signed up on January 31, 1865 and was mustered in February 9, 1865 to serve one year.

Eleazer S. Hull was the fourth child of Joseph S. and Mary Smith Hull, born according to family records in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, September 4,1837 (the war record says he was born in New York). His father died February 26, 1857, and is buried in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Yard in the Village of Grandin, Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey near Clinton. The family moved from New Jersey to Bureau County, Illinois, near Sheffield and Buda, after the father's death in 1857 and before the 1870 census probably around 1863 or 1864. At the time Eleazer signed up to join the Illinois Volunteers, he was around 27 years old and was a farmer. During the year that he was serving he kept a daily diary usually giving the "wether" each day.

From the diary I have concluded that he was not in any battles. His Regiment first went to the area around Dalton, Georgia, then to other areas in Georgia. He spoke of being on guard duty most of the time. He was ill in May 1865 and in the "hospittle". He spoke of the destruction that had already occurred in the areas where they were. In the diary he spoke of getting mail from home, from New Jersey, and from a couple of women, one which he married in 1866.

Following are some excerpts from his diary:

Tuesday, January 31, 1865

Wether Cool I put my name down on the list for a raw Recruit in the Army All the boys going and I cant stay home alone

Thursday, February 9, 1865

Examend excepted and sworn in Service   Under Guard All Day It is the first time in my life and I hope it shall be the last time   Three men not excepted the Balance all right Cpt. Asbery gives us quite long Adress all very nice for an Officer

Wednesday, February 22, 1865

Arrive at Camp Butler   Wether clear and windy The 148 Reg leave to day for Nashville Ten See Davy Carr to day he gives me his Card De Visit We take the Barick they leave Draw rations and do own Cooking

Tuesday, March 14, 1865

Wether Pleasant and Warm We arrived in Dalton at three oclock this morning The train got off the Tack on the Rout I Am down with the Rheumatism and have to be carried from one place to another we are quarted in an old Hotel Henry Sayers and an other Boy carries me to the Hospittle It is a hard place

Friday, March 31, 1865

Wether Cold and Clear North West Winds Thornton Reed very low Rations very Short Some of the Boys Refuse to go on Guard without something more to eat they get in Guard House Some of the Boys wrote Home that I was Dead big lie

Saturday, April 15, 1865

Wether Warm and Showery   News of the Assasanation of the President of the United States and Secretary Seward also The President was Assasanated in Ford Theater In Washington The secretary in his Sick Room in his house   President Deat   Seward still living

Wednesday, April 19, 1865

Wether Warm and Showery The Presidents' Funeral The Battery Fires a gun every Half ower all Day long the flag is at Half Mast and Draped in morning for it is a sad Day for the Nation

Saturday, July 1, 1865

Wether Cloudy and Rainy all quit in Camp Making Preparations for Selebration 4th July at Reb Capt. Howard Plantation about two miles from Camp The Boys looking for a Big time

Monday, July 3, 1865

Wether very Warm and Clear   Go out to Howards to see Grounds   It is a Splendid Place they are building a Stage Blackbuery plenty   They are going to have two Oxen Barbecued for the occation and lots of soft Bread Received a letter from N J

Tuesday, July 4th 1865

Wether very Warm and Clear We have Speaking by an Ex Rebble Capt. Howard and some Speaking by one that hasent changed his Sentiments he gets knocked down for his opinion and Puns   the Diner Dont amount to any thing and I get tiard and go to Camp


Friday, July 28, 1865

Left Cartersville for Mariatti Arived their 5 oclock On Guard Wether very Warm and Showers Received Pay in the morning the Boys are getting rather high on Jin cold water   The Town has bin very badly burned by Sherman It has bin a very pretty Town But the Fruits of Secsesion has left its mark

Sunday, July 30, 1865

Arived in Macon Ga 5 oclock in the AM The Wether warm This is a Splendid City and hasent bin damaged by the War 2oclock Stil in Macon S Linkhart goes to Hospittle   Left Macon for Cilumbus 4PM   The Cuntry very Level and Swampy Peaches Plenty

Monday, July 31, 1865

Arived in Columbus Daylight hunting a Hotel for Breakfast got a good Breakfast and feel good   going half mile in the Cuntry to Camp Pitched our tents in the Grove The Negroes are turning out big all jubilant on account of the Yanks comeing to set them Free

Monday, August 7, 1865

Wether hot and Showery   another Detail to go in Alabama Some old Devil has bin hanging a Negro the Boys bring back and old Sardine that has bin shooting a Negro Get a letter from home good news Brother Jo Home from the War

Monday, September 4, 1865

Wether very Warm The boys Fire a Cannon last Night   the Major is very mad about it He has Inspecktion of Amonanition this morning to see who it is   Col Woodall visits the Reg   he treats the boys to Segars   This is my birth Day Mail very Small

Friday, December 8, 1865

In Illinois this is Thanksgiving Wether Clear and Cool All quiet in Camp The morning Paper (Columbus Sina) say this Regt is ordered to Savana   Lieut Gen Grant will be here to morrow to visit the Troops Aft Buts tries to Put us through on Battalion Drill but makes a muss of it   Draw new Clothes

Wednesday, January 24, 1866

Wether Cloudy and Dull   South Wind   All excitement in Camp the Regt to be in line for Muster out at 4 PM   the Clothing Account and everything figured up I have $26.90 coming to me Heavy Rain in the Evening We where mustered Out the United States Service this Evening at 5 PM   I am a Citazen once more   Orders to have every thing ready to leave in the Morning for Camp Butler No Mail

Co G started home January 26th from Macon, to Atlanta, to Chattanooga, to Nashville, to LaFayette, Ind. And Arrived at Camp Butler February 1, 1866.

They had to wait until February 8th to get their pay.

Friday, February 9, 1866

Wether Cloudy and Dull Leave Springfield at 12 for Home by the C A & St. R R lay over in Bloomington until 8 for train on P. S. R R Train behind time 3 owers leave at 11 A M have a good run Arive in Saul 4 PM

Eleazer S. Hull married Emma Augusta Parker, December 25, 1866 near Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois. To this marriage five children were born:


                        Walter                          b. January 31, 1868               in Illinois

                        Elizabeth (Lizzie)           b. September 6, 1869             in Illinois

                        George                         b. November 14, 1871           in Missouri

                        Ella                               b. October 18, 1878             in Missouri

                        Josephine                     b. July 19, 1883                    in Missouri

In November 1869, Eleazer traveled to Nodaway County, Missouri near the future town of Elmo. He thought he had found the promised land and sent for his wife and children. He acquired farmland northeast of Elmo. He was in poor health and died January 27, 1885 at the age of 47 years. Because of his poor health he had grown to hate Missouri. His brother-in-law, George Hamilton suggested that he be buried at Maple Hill Cemetery at College Springs, Iowa (out of Missouri) beside his sister Mary E. (George Hamilton's deceased wife). This is not unusual because this cemetery was as close as the one southeast of Elmo. Walter, his oldest son was sixteen at the time of his father's death.