|Regimental History of the 33rd Illinois Infantry, published 1902.|
As regular readers here know I have deep ties to the 33rd Illinois Infantry Regiment from the Civil War. My 2xg-grandfather died under its banner, his brother in law, my 2xg-uncle rose from sergeant to Captain in its service, both these men behind my father. Yet ironically, I also had two 2xg-uncles behind my mother also serving in the 33rd Illinois! Who would have known?! My mom from Arizona and my dad from Nebraska, met in California to marry and conceive me. But they each had ancestors serving at the same time under these same Illinois regimental colors. But I digress.
So it just made sense if I could get my hands on a copy of the published regimental history I should do so. For the 33rd Illinois that book is History of the Thirty-Third Regiment Illinois Veteran Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, 22nd August, 1861, to 7th December, 1865, by Virgil Way and Isaac Elliott, published 1902 in Gibson City, Ill by The [Regimental] Association. I was truly blessed. This book is over 290 pages, loaded with pictures, rosters, personal accounts of regimental actions, and official accounts of the regiment. My ancestors are cited repeatedly, and one, the Captain, even contributed a chapter on the history of the company under his command.
|Title page. Remember to click to enlarge.|
When the book arrived it had an envelope glued to the inside:
And inside the envelope was a card:
Luke Dickerman served in Company A of the 33rd Illinois alongside both my 2xg-grandfather and his brother in law, my 2xg-uncle the Captain. But the uniqueness of this does not stop there. First off, the guy lied about his age to get in and was only sixteen years old. Second, he rose to the rank of sergeant! Third he was a primary source for the regimental history, an a few of his personal exploits are recorded.
And now I have one of his presentation copies of the book?? Hmm.
I want the book, okay? If not this copy, then a different one. I made the decision I would try to track down a descendant of Luke Diskerman or J.H. Dickerman, preferably direct, to give the card and envelope to, and offer to sell the whole book to them at the replacement value (or for a replacement if they could do better).
I Googled for someone qualifying, but I had little luck. I sent private messages to individuals on Ancestry.Com weeks ago, and still have not heard a reply. If after some time I strike out, I always have the option of making the offer to an indirect descendant.
In the meantime with this article I set the wheels in motion by asking my blog to lure a Dickerman descendant to me. So go to work my little blog, do your job. But instead of giving to me, it is time for me to give away. I have nothing but time.
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