Warrenville & The American Civil War: August 1862

As our country continues to honor the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the Warrenville Historical Society continues its program “Warrenville & The American Civil War” detailing the historic time period as it was lived by local residents and our brave men who volunteered to fight in the Union cause. Please enjoy excerpts about August 1862 from our program “1862 in 48 Minutes” which detailed the year month by month from the national and local perspectives.

During the month of July, President Lincoln had made a call for more troops as it clear that fighting would not end soon. During the month of August, 19 men volunteered to answer the President’s call for more troops. On August 5th, W. Henry Wyman and Albert Buchanan signed up for Company B of the 105th Infantry. On August 6th, Ashley Carpenter and his friends Robert Corlett and Freddie Cooper joined them in Company B. Within the next few days there followed a steady stream of volunteers for Companies B and D of the 105th: Daniel Fowler, Alvaro Drullard, Edward Monk, John Billings Jr., Hiram Bostwick, Ferdinand Fowler, William Wray, A. Judson Graves, Charles Bartholomew, Darius Bartholomew, Arthur Bostwick, James Monk, and L. Villeroy Ressequie. The Warrenville community undoubtedly felt pride, sorrow, fear and hope as they waited for the brave volunteers to receive their assignments.

While the Warrenville community was waiting for the departure of the new soldiers, DuPage County suffered a great loss when Joseph Naper died on August 23rd.

To learn more about 1862, the second year of the Civil War, please stop by the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery during our summer hours Wednesdays and Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and view our exhibit “Warrenville & The American Civil War: 1862.”

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Join the Historical Society at their Annual Meeting and Presentation of “When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path”

Come and “take a ride on the Great Third Rail,” as noted historian Steve Hyett presents his multi-projector slide show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known at the “Roarin’ Elgin,” during the Warrenville Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00pm.

The Chicago Aurora & Elgin railroad ran from Wells Street station on the Loop elevated structure in downtown Chicago, through the western suburbs to Wheaton, where the line split in two and ran to Elgin and through Warrenville to Aurora.

The electric rail line began running in 1902 on streetcar tracks in downtown Aurora and Elgin, and then on its own private right-of-way on what is now known as The Prairie Path. That’s the same Prairie Path that runs through Warrenville today. Warrenville was a major stop on the line. The “Third Rail” died in 1957 with the opening of the Eisenhower Expressway.

Warrenville CA&E Railroad station

It was a great ride while it lasted, and Hyett will rekindle those memories as he brings alive that era in his entertaining program.

Space is limited. Please contact the Historical Society at 630.393.4215 or info@warrenvillehistorical.org to make your reservation. All Historical Society members as well as the general public are invited to attend.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 23, 1862

23rd Saturday  A fine day cool in morning & night, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts, got home before 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick, Frank helped William stack the last of his oats & got done about ½ past 4.  Capt Joseph Naper died this morning at about 4 oclock, to be buryed tomorrow at 10 oclock.”