The first page of the journal of Griffin A. Stanton (1835-1889) of Johnson County, Illinois, which he kept from 1861 to 1864. Stanton was born in Barlow, Washington County, Ohio, on January 31, 1835, to William Griffin (1805-1889) and Eliza Olney Stanton (born 1814), both of whom were from New York state. The family later moved to a farm in southern Illinois. On August 7, 1861, Griffin enlisted in the Union Army at Cairo, Illinois, as a wagoner and was mustered into Cavalry Company B (later E. Carmichael’s) with the 29th Infantry of the Illinois Volunteers on August 25. He remained in Company B throughout his service even as his unit changed names until it became the 15th Illinois Cavalry. Stanton saw service in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and finally Arkansas before he was mustered out on August 25, 1864. A transcription of the journal is available in the finding aid.
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