|Samuel Piper, dressed in civilian clothes, served in the 75th Illinois.|
(Photo courtesy Andrea Wambold)
Judging from an account of their journey west, the Pipers were a hardy bunch.
|Samuel Piper's marker in a cemetery in Mt. Morris, Ill.|
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When he was old enough to aid his parents, Samuel helped with the "many duties about the farm pertaining to a boys life in that day," according to a family history. In his "spare time," he attended school at the "little 'Red brick' school house near the church where he received a common school education."
On Aug. 12, 1862, 21-year-old Samuel enlisted in the 75th Illinois, mustering into Company G. But his service would be short. While stationed in Union-occupied Nashville, Piper became severely ill with typhoid fever in late fall 1862. Samuel was recovering when he was ordered to help care for wounded soldiers, the family history noted, and he suffered a relapse. The end for him came Dec. 1, probably at one of the many hospitals established by the Federal medical corps in the city along the Cumberland River.
When Samuel's parents in Illinois and relatives in Maryland received word of his death is unknown. By December 1862, Samuel's Uncle Henry of Sharpsburg, Md., had also been rocked by civil war. On Sept. 17, 1862, his farm -- Confederate General James Longstreet's headquarters -- lay in ruins and his dining room was filled with dead soldiers, victims of the Battle of Antietam.
The remains of Samuel, who was born in Sharpsburg, were buried in North Grove Christian Church Cemetery in Mt. Morris, Ill.
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-- Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Ogle County, Vol. 2, Munsell Publishing Company, 1909
-- Piper family history, typewritten manuscript compiled in 1930s, courtesy Andrea Wambold.