Pvt. Jeremiah Michael Putnam

Co. E – 7th Illinois Volunteers Cavalry

Jeremiah was born on 24 April 1843 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. His parents are unknown. He married America Jane on 28 December 1871 in McNary, Tennessee. America Jane was born on 15 March 1846 in McNary, Tennessee. From this marriage my mother Junia Putman/Putnam was born in Black Rock, Arkansas on 13 August 1886. She married Charles A. Brown on 26 June 1916. Charles was born on 8 June 1882 in Wheaton, Illinois.


Jeremiah at the age of 21 enlisted in Captain John Etheridge's Company E, 7th Illinois on August 1, 1862. He was honorably discharged on July 12, 1865. He was a farmer at the time of his enlistment. After the Civil War Jeremiah became a member of the GAR Post Reynolds #56.

Jeremiah died on June 5, 1914, in Lawrence, Kansas and America Jane died in 1920, in Fulton, Missouri.

Junia died in St. Louis on January 1, 1979 and Charles died on August 21, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The 7th Cavalry was organized at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois, and mustered into service on October 13, 1861. During it's service at New Madrid, Missouri the regiment captured a battery of steel breech-loading guns from the famous Jeff Thompson. The regiment saw action at Corinth, Mississippi where it lost about 40 officers and men either killed, wounded or missing. During service elsewhere the regiment had a loss of 251 men in just a month's time. The 7th Cavalry mustered out on November 17, 1865, at Camp Butler. Its period of service was about 4 years and 3 months.