Warrenville and the American Civil War: May 1863

The Warrenville volunteers who were making trips home during the early part of 1863 had an often long journey back to Warrenville from their various camps in Kentucky and Tennessee.  A walk to the nearest train station, followed by a train ride to Chicago would get them close, but since Warrenville did not have a railroad through the community at the time, they then had to choose either a stagecoach ride, a train ride to Wheaton or Turner, present day West Chicago, on the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad or in 1863 a new option of riding the new commuter train service offered by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad that went from Chicago to Naperville.  On May 8th William Wray arrived back in Warrenville on leave from the 105th Infantry by stagecoach.  He headed back to war after resting at home for 17 days.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1863 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 27, 2013.


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