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I don't think that's what happened!
Posted by: John Preston (ID *****5193) Date: May 27, 2013 at 16:37:01
In Reply to: Lost Illinois Cival War Private afte Muster out DC by Irving O'Strander of 29680

Hi Irving

"I don't think that's what happened!" , although true, is not intended to be offensive. It's intended to attract attention and hopefully get you more help than I can give you.

I would take a really hard look at "Never returned home-family thought he was killed in the war". I think he did.

The desertion charge was likely not all that bad-he was returned to the same unit. More of a blot on his record that a really black mark.

The 116th IL was at the Grand Review at DC in May and mustered out at DC 7 June. Here's where someone can help!
I think they were immediately loaded, as a unit, on a train home.

John



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