TRANSCRIPTION - Milton Sellers Civil War Discharge Papers by David Abbott Feb 2003


To all whom it may Concern:


Know ye, That  Milton Sellers

a Private of Captain Henry A. Oakes

Company, I, 129 Regiment of Illinois

VOLUNTEERS, who was enrolled on the 16th, sixteenth day of August

one thousand and eight hundred and sixty two to serve Three years or

during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED from the service of the United States

this Eighth day of June, 1865, at  Washington D.C.

by reason of  [illegible]

(No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.)

Said Private was born in _______ in the State of Tennessee, is Twenty Seven years if age,

Five feet Six inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes,

Dark hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Engineer.

Given at Washington D.C. this Eighth day of June 1865.


S/Robt. E. Beecher

3rd Division, 20th Army Corps

S/Henry A. Oaks


TRANSCRIPTION - Milton Sellers - Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home, Quincy, Illinois by David Abbott Feb 2003


Bluffs Ill. Sep 21st 1904

Milton Sellers of the town of Bluffs, in the County of Scott, and the State of Illinois, formerly a Soldier of the United States of America, in the war………against (1) “The Rebellion”, respectfully asks that he be admitted as a member of said Home.

                To enable the authorities to determine whether or not he is legally entitled to become a member of said Home, he declares and states the facts to be that he is now 70 years old; that he is 5 feet and 6 inches high; that he is of fair complexion, blue eyes, and Dark hair; that he was born in the town of ________ in the County of Robertson Tenn. On the 25th day of June, 1834; that he has been (2) once enrolled in the U.S.A. service; in the war of the late rebellion; and that he has been (3) once honorably discharged from the service of the United States. That the following is a true statement of the time and place of his enrollment and discharge from said service, and that the cause of his discharge and his rank at the respective date thereof namely:


When and Where Enrolled: Aug 16 1861 Naples, Ill.

When and Where Discharged: June 8 1865 Washington D.C.

Rank: Private

Company and Regiment: Co. I Regt. 129 Ill. Inf.

Cause of Discharge: G.O.77aG.O 1865


                That he now receives, on pension certificate number 894489, a pension of 8 dollars a month, payable the 4th day of next October, at the Chicago pension Office.

                That he owns property, real and personal, of the value of no dollars, and no more; that he has no means of self-support other than the above named; that his trade or occupation is that of a farmer.

That he has no wife; that he has 5 children now living; ages, respectively,  from Nov 22nd 1856 to May 29th 1874 years. That his post office address is Bluffs, Scott Co., State if Illinois; that his nearest railway station is Bluffs Ill., on the Wabash railway, in Scott County, in said State; that the name and address of the person to whom he desires notice of his illness or death shall be given, is Henry Shafer Undertaker  of  County of Morgan, State of Ill.; that, in case of death, he desires all his personal effects to be sent to Wm. D. Masterson , at Bluffs County of Scott State of Illinois.

That he is so far disabled by General Disability and Old Age as to now be incapable of earning his own living.


In Testimony Whereof , he has set his mark this 21st day of September 1904.


Certificate of Identification

I do hereby certify, upon honor, that I have personally known Milton Sellers the above Applicant, for, at least , two years last passed; and that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the statements contained in his foregoing application are entirely true, and especially that as to the time of his residence in Illinois, or service in an Illinois organization. And I further sate that he has no known mental disorder; and that he requires no special attendant; and that he can properly be allowed to go at large; and the he can safely be quartered with feeble and helpless men.


Witness my hand, S/John Knoeppel, Mayor of Bluffs, Ill.



129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

Organized at Pontiac and mustered in September 8, 1862. Moved to Louisville, Ky., September 22. Attached to 38th Brigade, 12th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. Bowling Green, Ky., District of West Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Reserve Corps, Army of the Cumberland, June, 1863. Garrison Gallatin, Tenn., to August, 1863. Ward's Brigade, District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, and Army of Georgia to June, 1865.

SERVICE.-Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-16, 1862. March to Bowling Green. Ky. October 20-25; thence moved to Mitchellsville, Ky., November 21, and Garrison duty there till December. Guard R.R. from Bowling Green, Ky., to Gallatin, Tenn., till June 1, 1863. Skirmish at Richland Station March 19. Garrison Fort Thomas at Gallatin June 1 to August 22. March to Nashville, Tenn., August 22, and duty there till February 24, 1864.
Expedition from Nashville to Creelsboro December 28, 1863, to January 4, 1864. March to Wauhatchie Valley, Tenn., February 24-March 12, and duty there till May 2. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 2-September 8. Demonstration on Resaca May 8-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Burnt Hickory and New Hope Church May 25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creak and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26-June 5, Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal (or Golgotha Church) June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb's Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Near Hardeesville, S. C., January 3, 1865. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Averysboro, Taylor's Hole Creek, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Moved to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 8, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 50 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 128 Enlisted men by disease. Total 180.

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