DOD: October 13, 1908
Cemetery Location: Section 17, Grave 80
Branch: Company F, 39th Illinois Infantry
Service Dates: February 12, 1864 - December 6, 1865
When John Deinlein, Sr., left his farm in Fremont County, Illinois, to fight in the Civil War, he was 44-year-old immigrant farmer from Germany. He took his son, John, Jr., then 16, with him "for protection." Both enlisted in Company F, 39th Illinois Infantry, in Chicago and were sent almost immediately into the fight in "Old Virginia." Still together, the men fought in 18 battles and skirmishes and were at Appomattox Court House in May 1865 when the Confederacy surrendered.
On December 16, 1865, father and son were mustered from the Army in Springfield, IL, and returned to Fremont County, where both farmed until illness and age forced John, Sr., to apply for admission to the National Soldiers' Home in Milwaukee. A widower having lost his wife (Elizabeth Kern), John, Sr., enjoyed life at the Home until October 13, 1908, when he passed away at age 96 from complications of old age and illness. Two days later he was laid to rest with full military honors and lies forever with comrades in Section 17, Grave No. 80.
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