Items used in the Civil War
8th MO Infantry (US)
Company E
Items used in the Civil War
(on display for an 8th MO re-enactors presentation)


Here is an 85th birthday tribute to Daniel Ellington.   The tribute appeared in the Bloomingon-Normal, Illinois Daily Pantagraph in May 1928.   The tribute was entered into Rootsweb.   He died when he was 86 years old; his obituary appears below:

Celebrating 85 years

Daniel ELLINGTON is the oldest of the three surviving members of the Frank Sampson Post, No. 298, G. A. R., now living near Waynesville, being 85 years old the 23rd of May.   He was born on a farm three miles northeast of Waynesville, May 23rd, 1843, and with the exception of the time he was a Union soldier in the great Rebellion, it was his home until he reached the age of 82.   Since that time he has made his home with his children, just a mile from the spot where he was born.
His parents came from Ohio in 1828, and settled at Blooming Grove, about two miles from the present siege of the city of Bloomington, whose population at that time consisted of only four families and one store and in those early times the people of this part of the state had to go to a little grist mill near Springfield to have their corn ground into corn meal.   In 1830 the Ellington family came to a tract of land three miles northeast of Waynesville, which they entered from the Government, and here they reared their large family of twelve children, excepting one little child that died in infancy, and here these old pioneers remained until they were called to the Great Beyond: David ELLINGTON, the father, August 22, 1884, on his 86th birthday, and Catherine ELLINGTON, the mother, October 12, 1886, at the age of 84 years.   Of this large family Daniel is the only surviving member.
When the Civil War broke out he promptly came to the aid of his country and June 16, 1861, enlisted with eighteen others, under Lieut. Ainsworth, Co. E., of the 8th Missouri volunteers.   He served gallantly and was in many engagements, the principal ones being the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donnalson, and Shiloh.   On the second day of the battle of Shiloh, April 7th, 1862 while making a charge on a Rebel battery, he was shot, breaking the thigh bone of his left leg.   The battle was so fierce that he was left lying on the field between the lines the entire day, and it was after sundown when he was rescued and taken to headquarters. In this great battle so many were wounded and surgeons so few, that he did not receive surgical attention until a week later when he arrived at a government hospital.   He left the hospital June 30th and received honorable discharge August 2, 1862, when he returned to his home near Waynesville, and although crippled to some extent, resumed farming on his father's farm.
He was united in marriage to Catherine ELLINGTON on May 30, 1863, and to this union nine children were born, seven of whom are living as follows: Isaac, Mrs. Viola FINGER, Mrs. Maude FINGER, all living near Waynesville; Michael, Robert, May and Sarah, all four residing together with their [father]...(remaining text cut off)...  

Here is the newspaper obituary of Daniel Ellington.   The obituary appeared in the Clinton, Illinois Daily Journal on Friday, November 01, 1929.   The obituary was entered into Rootsweb.


Of the last three Waynesville Illinois Civil War veterans, who fought bravely through the war — only two remain today.   Daniel ELLINGTON, 86 years old, and the oldest of the trio, passed away at his home in Waynesville yesterday morning at 4 o'clock.   He was one of the most active members of the trio until he was stricken with a paralytic stroke Saturday, which caused his death yesterday.
The three, all past 82 years of age, were W. M. SAMPSON, E. K. GINNINGS, and Daniel ELLINGTON.   They fought through the Civil War under Abraham Lincoln's flag — returning safely to their homes in Waynesville at the close of the war with tales of admiration for the work done by General Grant and "Stonewall" Jackson.
One has fallen by the wayside—leaving but two to carry on the stories of that great struggle, until they too shall join Private Ellington, forever ending the living memories of that great historical period for Waynesville residents.
Daniel Ellington was born near Waynesville on May 23, 1843, the son of David and Catherine ELLINGTON and was one of a family of twelve children.   He had lived in his present home for the past 82 years and was one of Waynesville's oldest residents.
He enlisted June 16. 1861, as a volunteer of the Eighth Missouri Volunteers. He was in the siege of Fort Henry and the battle of Fort Donaldson.   He was also in the thick of the battle of Shiloh and was seriously wounded.   He lay wounded on the battlefield between the lines for a day before he was picked up and taken to the Union Hospital, where he remained until he was discharged August 2, 1862.
He was married to Katherine ELLINGTON May 30, 1873, and to this union nine children were born, seven of whom are still living.   They are: Isaac ELLINGTON, Mrs. Viola FINGER and Mrs. Maude FINGER of near Waynesville, Michael, Robert, May, and Sarah, who reside at home.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Waynesville Christian Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. H. S. Mavity officiating.   Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.

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