Warrenville and the American Civil War: July 1863

After the Battle of Upperville, the Warrenville volunteers in the 8th Cavalry moved on to Gettysburg where fighting broke out on July 1st.  Marcellus Jones, a Wheaton man with the DuPage Company, is regarded as the soldier who fired the first shot at the deadly battle.  The local cavalry performed valiantly and was “publicly thanked by General Doubleday for saving the division from annihilation.”

On July 22nd, Dr. Warren Wellman, who had long worked in the Warrenville community, died on his farm in Michigan.  In his diary, Hiram Leonard recalled the events around Dr. Wellman’s death as follows: “was wed in the morning, then taken suddenly with the bilious cholic, severely till 9, then had a doctor till 11 oclock when they thought he was out of danger, he expired at 12:30 afternoon suddenly said to be a touch of apoplox.”

When the 105th Illinois Infantry moved positions again and took up camp at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 30th, they did so without Sam McFerran, who had died on the 25th and was buried after a funeral at the Baptist meeting house.

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


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