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Charles Shortness 1
1832 2
Licking County, OH 2
08 Mar 1869 2
Fulton County IL 2

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Army 1
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Discharge Rank:
Pvt 1
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Pvt 1
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103rd Infantry 1
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Shortness, Charles—Enlisted 12 August 1862, 30 years old, as a private in Co. H, 103rd
Infantry. Description at enlistment: 5'6" tall; dark hair; hazel eyes; born in Licking 
County, Ohio. Discharged for wounds at Quincy, Illinois, on 7 January 1865

Shortness, Charles—Civil War Pension Application, National Archives, Washington, DC:
Married Nancy Weidemhammer in Adams County, Illinois, on 31 December 1865. 
Their children: William Henry born 21 October 1866, and Charles L. born 3 August 1869

He suffered from lung disease as a result of exposure at Kenesaw Mountain. This 
worsened until his death on 8 March 1869. "The soldier was wounded in right 
metatarsal bones destroyed and hand totally unfit for any use. It may improve 
—R. R. McDowell, M.D. 1865. Charles' hand was so painful, he was unable to use
the hand or the arm, or even move the fingers
In 1879, Nancy was living in Quincy (Adams) Illinois.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Rank PVT
Company H
Unit 103 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics
Age 30
Height 5' 6
Complexion DARK
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation FARMER
Service Record
Joined When AUG 12, 1862
Joined Where LEWISTOWN, IL
Joined By Whom J J HALE
Period 3 YRS
Muster In OCT 2, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
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103rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry

OVERVIEW: Organized at Peoria, Ill., and mustered in October 2, 1862. Moved to Cairo, Ill., thence to Bolivar, Tenn., October 30-November 2, 1862. Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 2nd Brigade, District of Jackson, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE:Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November 2-December 31, 1862. Moved to LaGrange, Tenn., November 3, and duty there till November 28. Reconnoissance from LaGrange to Lamar, Miss., November 5. Wirsham Creek November 6. Garrison at Waterford, Miss., December 1-31. Moved to Jackson, Tenn., December 31, and duty there till March 10, 1863. Moved to LaGrange, Tenn., March 10, 1863, and duty there till June 5. Expedition to Holly Springs and Waterford, Miss., and Colliersville, Tenn., April 17-26. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 5-6; thence to Vicksburg, Miss., June 8-13. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 14-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Birdsong Ferry, Big Black River, July 4-6. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Big Black River till September 28. Moved to Memphis, Tenn.; thence march to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 28-November 23. Operations on Memphis & Charleston R. R. in Alabama October 20-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 24-25. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville and return to Bridgeport, Ala., November 28-December 19. Moved to Stevenson, Ala., December 24, thence to Scottsboro, Ala., December 26-28, and duty there till February 8, 1864. Moved to Cleveland, Tenn., February 8-14. Demonstration on Dalton, Ga., February 2-27. Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25. At Cleveland till May. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May to September. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8-13. Near Resaca May 13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Brush Mountain June 15. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Ruff's Mills July 4. Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel, Hood's second sortie, July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Griswoldsville November 22. Ogeechee River December 7-9. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Reconnoissance to Salkehatchie River, S. C., January 25. Combahee River January 28. Salkehatchie Swamps February 2-5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Congaree Creek February 15. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. Mill Creek March 22. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 2-4. Mustered out June 14 and discharged at Chicago, Ill., July 9, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 87 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 153 Enlisted men by disease. Total 249.

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