Warrenville and the American Civil War: December 1862

On December 5th, 1862, Warrenville residents faced the community’s first Civil War death.  The bells of the Baptist Church rang 20 times as Ashley Carpenter’s casket was carried to the cemetery.  The procession was long and emotional, as the town had turned out en masse to say good-bye to the 20 year old.  Sarah, Ashley’s mother and Colonel Warren’s sister, never fully recovered from the loss.  She wore a picture of Ashley on a necklace for the rest of her life.  Adding to Warrenville’s grief, Ashley’s fellow soldier Freddie Cooper died on December 28th of diphtheria after being left at the military hospital in Bowling Green.   Ashley and Freddie were the first of 17 Warrenville men who died during the four year war Civil War.  At least 157 DuPage residents were killed, 34,834 from Illinois, and over 600,000 Americans lost their lives in the War.  The American Civil War is still the bloodiest U.S. war to date.

Please join us on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. for “1863 in 48 minutes,” at the Warrenville Public Library.    To register, visit the Information Desk, call 630/393-1171 x100 or register online at http://www.warrenville.com/programs/programsadult.htm.  We will open our exhibit “1863” when the Historical Museum & Art Gallery reopens on Sunday, February 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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