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Andrew H. Hershey Papers

Identifier: BC738


Andrew H. Hershey was born on January 3, 1840 in Marietta, Pennsylvania to Dr. Andrew Hershey, a physician, and Fannie Nase. Dr. Hershey died in 1839 at the age of thirty-seven. Fannie remarried, this time to Mr. William Macken, and she, William, and Andrew moved to Savanna, Illinois. Hershey attended Mt. Carroll Seminary for two years before enlisting in 1861 with Company K of the 15th Illinois Infantry after the outbreak of the Civil War. Hershey joined the company in Rolla, Missouri. Notable battles in which Company K participated were the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Natchez, Vicksburg, and the March to the Sea. Hershey was shot in the ear at Pittsburg Landing. During his tenure in the military, Hershey was appointed sergeant major, adjutant, and was mustered out as captain. After his discharge from the military, Hershey returned to Savanna and in 1873 was appointed deputy collector for the United States Department of Internal Revenue in the third district of Illinois. Hershey held this position until 1885, at which point Hershey moved to Sterling, Illinois. The next year, Hershey was elected county treasurer. From 1891 until 1892, Hershey served as mayor of Sterling. Hershey married Hattie E. Bowen on March 25, 1868. They had three children: Fannie, Marie, and Benjamin. Hershey died in 1919 and was buried in the Savanna Township Cemetery.

This box contains papers from before, during, and after Hershey’s military service. Of particular note are regiment, special, and general orders to the 15th Illinois Infantry, muster rolls, two news clippings, Hershey’s correspondence to his siblings and parents in 1863, certificates of Hershey’s appointments to officer positions, Hershey’s discharge certificates, reports and correspondence from the 15th Illinois Infantry, Regulations for the Recruiting Service of the Army of the United States, circulars from the War Department, telegraphs, auditor’s reports, and correspondence from Hershey’s time with the Department of Internal Revenue, and other various letters.


  • 1860 - 1893


.42 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

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