This is Joseph Littlefield's Civil War discharged record from June 6th, 1865. Born in Peoria County, Illinois in 1840 Joseph Littlefield served almost three years in the Civil War as a private in company C of 102nd Illinois volunteer regiment. After the war he returned to Illinois and married Hellen Crandle. In 1879 Joseph Littlefield and his family that included his mother Joanna, who was 71 at the time, came to Nebraska Clear Creek area, Sherman County to homestead. Hellen died in 1881 and six years later Joseph, now 47, married 24 year-old Lotta (Charlotte) Roberts, and had 7 more children with her, of whom only 5 survived. Littlefield moved to Aurora, Nebraska in 1904 and died there in 1911.
After the war Littlefield was very active in the local Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) chapters, always travelling to the veterans' meetings wherever he was.
The discharge records reveal a treasure of personal information about age, birthplace, appearance, and conduct of the soldier. This record comes from the collection of Terri and Dave Mabon. Dave Mabon is Joseph Littlefield's great-grandson.
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Paid Chicago (?)
To All Whom it May Concern
Know ye, That Joseph Littlefield
a Private of Captain Almond Shaw
Company, (C,) 102nd Regiment of Illinois
VOLUNTEERS who was enrolled on the Second day of September
one thousand eight hundred and Sixty two to serve three years or
during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States,
this Sixth (6)day of June, 1865, at (?) Washington
D.C. by reason of G. O. 77 AGO 1865 instrm (?) May 20 AGO 1865
Gen orders no. 191t(?) 305 Series of 1863 War Department
(No objection to his being reenlisted is known to exist.*)
Said Joseph Littlefield was born in Peoria Co
in the State of Illinois, is Twenty threeyears of age,
Five feet Fourinches high, Dark complexion, Blueeyes,
Brownhair, and by occupation when enrolled, a Farmer
Given at (?) Washington D.C. this Sixth (6)day of
2d Lieut Comd Co
Commanding the Reg't (strikethrough)