Warrenville and the American Civil War: June 1863

On June 9, 1863 Rose Anne Pluess was born in Switzerland.  By the time she was 16 she was living in Warrenville, married to William Wyman who had returned home from fighting in the Civil War five months before she was born. The couple had five children, four of whom stayed in Warrenville and are buried alongside their parents in the Warrenville Cemetery.

Warrenville boys fighting in the 8th Cavalry were again in the thick of the conflict in 1863 as part of the charging column in the Battle of Upperville on June 21.  The skirmish resulted in a draw that left the Union without valuable intelligence about the Confederate position.  Following the encounter, the Warrenville cavalrymen headed towards Gettysburg.

By the end of the month the Warrenville boys with the 105th Illinois Infantry had moved positions and taken up camp at Lavergne, Tennessee.

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


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