Arthur Whitney gravestone
(Photos by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. August 1840 in Ohio
M. Civil War Veteran “Killed in Action”, Lieutenant, Company C, 37th Illinois Infantry (1861-1863)
D. March 13, 1863 in Springfield, Greene County, MO
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(See section pertaining to the Thirty-Seventh Illinois Infantry Regiment)

  • Father: David Whitney born October 1796 in New York; David died November 18, 1855; buried in Diamond Lake Cemetery, Diamond Lake, Lake County, IL
  • Mother: Nancy Whitney born about 1801 in New York; died July 13, 1873 (See section pertaining to Nancy Whitney buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Step Siblings (Children of David Whitney and Mary (Arnott) Whitney):
    • Harvey Whitney born about 1821 in New York; married Eliza Anna Jump (1821-1884) on January 19, 1842 in Lake County, OH daughter of Moses Jump; Eliza born 1821 in Westchester County, NY and died November 12, 1884 in Iowa; she is buried in Sixteen Cemetery, Thornburg, KIeokuk County, IA; children: (1) Agnes Whitney born about 1845 in Ohio (1845-1911), (2) Louisa Whitney born about 1846 in Ohio; Louisa died November 9, 1857 (See section pertaining to Louisa Whitney buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery), (3) Eliza Anna “Annie” (Whitney) Eggleston born about 1850 in Illinois (1850-1939), (4) Harvey P. Whitney born February 15, 1852 in Illinois (1852-1899), (5) Ella Almira (Whitney) Haldeman born March 1856 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL (1856-1940), (6) Levi Sumner Whitney born March 29, 1860 in Bremer County, IA (1860-1928); Harvey, a blacksmith and a farmer, died after the 1880 U.S. Census for Prairie, Keokuk County, IA
    • Levi David Whitney born December 22, 1824 in New York; married Phebe Ann Slusser (1833-1901) on June 23, 1859 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Orville Slusser (1801-1882) and Jane Slusser (1807-1859); children: (1) Carrie E. Whitney (born about 1860), (2) Orville Whitney (1862-1881), (3) Jennie L. (Whitney) Walsh (born about 1868), (4) Martha J. (Whitney) Miller (1870-1946); Levi died September 19, 1911 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Levi and Phebe are buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, IL; According to the Lake county Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, September 22, 1911, page 5:

   “Levi Whitney, for years a resident of this city but of late years residing with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Miller, in Chicago, died at that place this week Tuesday.  The remains were shipped to Libertyville Thursday and interred in the family lot in Lakeside cemetery.”

According to the Cook County, IL Death Index:

“Name: Levi Whitney; Birth Date: 22 Dec 1824; Birth Place: New York; Death Date: 19 Sep 1911; Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Burial Date: 21 Sep 1911; Burial Place: Libertyville, Illinois; Death Age: 86; Occupation: Farmer; Marital Status: Widowed; Street Address: 1543 Edgewater Pl; Father Name: David Whitney; Father Birth Place: York State; Mother Name: Mary Arnott; Mother Birth Place: York State”

  • Siblings:
    • Allen B. Whitney born about 1834 in Willoughby, Lake County, OH; Civil War Veteran, Captain, Company B, 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, mustered in September 5, 1862 in Rockford, IL; married Harriet J. Arnold (1837-1903) on August 18, 1858 in Lake County, IL; children: (1) Nancy Arnett (Whitney) Mellen (1859-1919), (2) Arthur A. Whitney (born about 1863), (3) Hattie Whitney (born about 1867), (4) May Whitney (1871); Allen died February 19, 1879 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Allen and Harriet are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL along with his wife, Harried (1837-1903) (See section pertaining to the Ninety-Sixth Illinois Infantry Regiment); According to The Patch, “From 1861: Grayslake Men Sign Up for Civil War”, May 3, 2011, by Marcia Watts Sagendorph:

“After the war, Allen B. Whitney of the 96th returned to civilian life and made his living as a baker.”

According to “History of the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry” by Charles A. Partridge. Chicago. 1887:

“Captain Allen B. Whitney. Age 28; born in Willoughby, Ohio: sailor; enlisted from Avon; was elected Second Lieutenant at the organization of the Company; promoted to First Lieutenant Jan. 6, 1863, and to Captain Feb. 17, 1863; resigned Jan. 8, 1864, on account of ill health: recovering, he re-enlisted as a private Oct. 10, 1864, and rejoined the Regiment at Nashville, Tenn., just prior to the battle of December 15 and 16, in which he participated; returned home with Regiment; died in Chicago, Feb. 19, 1879.”

According to the Inter Ocean (Chicago IL) Friday, February 21, 1879, page 8:


   WHITNEY – At his residence, No. 78 North Carpenter street of pulmonary consumption.  Captain Allen B. Whitney, aged 45 years.
   Captain Whitney served during the war of the rebellion as captain of Company B, Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
   Notice of funeral in to-morrow’s papers.”

According to the Inter Ocean (Chicago IL) Saturday, February 22, 1879, page 8:


   WHITNEY – The funeral services of the late Captain Whitney will take place to-day, at 9 a. m. at 78 North Carpenter street.  His remains will be taken to Lake County, and members of the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, are invited to attend as escort to the cars.”

Additional Information:

Unable to verify the 1840 U.S. Census for Willoughby, Lake County, OH: David Whitney, head of household, (age 40 thru 49); 2 miles (15-19), 1 male (10-14), 2 males (5-9), 1 male (under 5), 1 female (30-39), 1 female (15-19), and 1 female (10-14).

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL, the household members were: David Whitney, age 56, occupation: farmer, born in New York, Nancy Whitney, age 49, born in New York; Levi Whitney, age 26, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Allen Whitney, age 16, occupation: farmer, born in Ohio; Arthur Whitney, age 16, born in Ohio; Martha E. Whitney, age 8, born in Ohio

In regards to Nancy Whitney, mother of Arthur: According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office, the household members were: David Whitney (AKA Levi David Whitney), age 36, occupation: farmer, born in New York; P A Whitney (Phoebe Ann), age 29, born in New York; C U Whitney (Carrie U.), age 1, born in Illinois; Nancy Whitney, age 58, born in Illinois (sic New York); Charles Woestman, age 21, occupation: farm laborer, born in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Friday, February 27, 1863, page 2:

Arthur Whitney was promoted on February 13, 1863 to “2d Lieut., C, 37th, Nov. 20, ‘62”

According to the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report, Illinois State Archives:

“Name: Arthur Whitney; Rank: 1Sgt; Company: C; Unit: 37 IL US Inf; Residence: Avon Lake Co, IL; Age: 22; Height: 6′ 1″; Hair: Sandy; Eyes: Gray; Complexion: Fair; Marital Status: Single; Occupation: Farmer; Nativity: Lake Co, IL; Joined When: Aug 1, 1861; Joined Where: Waukegan, IL; Joined by Whom: E B Payne; Period: 3 yrs; Muster In: Sep 18, 1861; Muster in Where: Chicago, IL; Remarks: Promoted 2LT”

According to the Illinois, Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995:

” Name: Arthur Whitney; Rank: 2LT; Company: C; Unit: 37 IL US INF; Residence: Avon, Lake Co, IL; Height: 6’1”; Hair: sandy; Eyes: gray; Complexion: fair; Marital Status: single; Occupation: farmer; Nativity: Lake Co, IL; Remarks: Died Mar 13, 1863 of wounds”

 According to the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report, Illinois State Archives:

“Name: Arthur Whitney; Rank: 2 Lt.; Co.: (blank);  Regiment: 37″ Ill. Inf.; Date of Death: 1863 March 13; Place of Death: (blank); Cause of Death: Was recd in Action at Prairie Grove Ark.; Remarks: Vol. Army Reg.”

According to the U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865:

“Name: Arthur Whitney; Enlistment Date: 1 Aug 1861; Rank at enlistment: 1st Sergeant; State Served: Illinois; Was Wounded?: Yes; Survived the War?” No; Service Record: Enlisted in Company C, Illinois 37th Infantry Regiment on 18 Sep 1861. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 20 Nov 1862. Mustered out on 13 Mar 1863.”

 According to “The Patriotism of Illinois” by T. M. Eddy, D. D., Vol. 1. Chicago. 1865. Chapter XV., Regimental and Personal, pages 238-240:


   Was organized in the fall of 1861, and took the name of “Fremont Rifles,” in honor of General J. C. Fremont, then a favorite among the radical Union men of the West.  Companies A and H were enlisted at Rock Island; C and F, at Waukegan, Lake County; Company D, in part in Michigan, and the balance in Chicago; Company K, at Danville; Company E, at Mendota, LaSalle County; Companies G and I, in and about Chicago; Company B, in Stark County.  On the 18th of September, 1861, the regiment was mustered into the United States service at Chicago, with the following roster:

    Colonel, Julius White; Lieutenant-Colonel, Myron S. Barnes; Major John Charles Black; Adjutant, A. Neiman; Quartermaster, John H. Peck; Surgeon, I. F. Humeston; Assistant Surgeon, E. A. Clark; Chaplain, Edward Anderson.
   Co. A – Captain, J. A. Jordan; 1st Lieutenant, Hervey Curtis, Jr.; 2d Lieutenant, Charles W. Hawes; Orderly Sergeant, L. B. Morey.
   Co. B – Captain, Charles V. Dickinson; 1st Lieutenant, Cassimer P. Jackson; 2d Lieutenant, Fracis A. Jones; Orderly Sergeant, W. B. Todd.
   Co. C – Captain, Eugene B. Payne; 1st Lieutenant, Judson J. Huntley; 2d Lieutenant, Chauncey C. Morse; Orderly Sergeant, Arthur Whitney.
   Co. D – Captain, John W. Laimbeer; 1st Lieutenant, Wells H. Blodgett; 2d Lieutenant, Wm. O. Mazell; Orderly Sergeant, Wm. M. Johnson.
   Co. E – Captain, Phineas B. Rust; 1st Lieutenant, Orville R. Powers; 2d Lieutenant, Charles W. Day; Orderly Sergeant, W. M. Smith.
   Co. F – Captain, Erwin B. Messer; 1st Lieutenant, Andrew Grove; 2d Lieutenant, Gallis Fairman; Orderly Sergeant, W. W. Doty.
   Co. G – Captain, Henry N. Frisbee; 1st Lieutenant, George R. Bell; 2d Lieutenant, Manning F. Atkinson; Orderly Sergeant, D. McCarty.
   Co. H – Captain, J. B. Frick; 1st Lieutenant, Herman Wolferd; 2d Lieutenant, Joseph Eaton; Orderly Sergeant, —— Hinckley.
   Co. I – Captain, Ransom Kennicott; 1st Lieutenant, Isaac C. Dodge; 2d Lieutenant, Frederick J. Abbey; Orderly Sergeant, George Kennicott.
   Co. K – Captain, Wm. P. Black; 1st Lieutenant, Wm. H. Pithian; 2d Lieutenant, Wm. M. Bandy; Orderly Sergeant, N. B. Hicks.

   On the 19th of September, the regiment, then 1,035 strong, received from the Chicago Board of Trade two magnificent silk banners – one a national ensign and the other their battle flag – and on the same day embarked for St. Louis, which city it reached on the 21st.  On the 30th, the regiment was sent to Booneville, Mo., where it joined General Pope’s expedition to Springfield.  From the latter place, eight companies proceeded to Ottersville, where they remained during the winter.
   On the 25th of January, 1862, the “Grand Army of the West,” under Major-General Curtis, took up its line of march for Southwest Missouri, in search of General Price and his crew.  On this memorable march the 37th took part in the battle of Pea Ridge [vide Vol. I., p. 222], in which its loss was 153 officers and men.  It was next stationed at Cassville, a small town in Southern Missouri, where it did garrison duty until the fall of 1862, when it was transferred to General Schofield’s command, under whom but little active service was experienced.  The regiment next joined General Herron at Prairie Grove, where it participated in the battle which bears that name, and under him again entered, Arkansas.  Again it was ordered back into Missouri, being stationed for a brief period at Raleigh.  It afterward took part in the battle of Chalk Bluffs, near Cape Girardeau.  It again returned to St. Louis, whence it embarked for Vicksburg, to join the forces under General Grant.  After the capture of that city it went to New Orleans, and thence to Brazos Santiago, Texas, forming a part of the expedition up the Rio Grande.  At Brownsville, Texas, on the 10th of February, 1864, the men re-enlisted as veterans.  At this date they numbered only about 327 men out of the 1,035 who left Chicago, in September, 1861.”