Cocke County TNGenWeb
UPDATED 6/4/12 - Henry
O'Neil, b. abt
1815, Cocke Co., TN, is the son of Henry O'Neil who was
brother of Darius O'Neil.
Henry O'Neil removed to Knights Prairie,
Hamilton Co., IL, about 1856 with his eight children. In the
Co. census of 1860 he was listed as Henry O. Neal, thus being the
source of the family's current O'Neal spelling. Henry O'Neal
in Co. D, 6th Ill Vol. Cav., Oct. 1861 and was discharged Jan. 1863 in Memphis.
O'Neal left Memphis and probably went home for some reason that has not
been determined. Perhaps he was ill. He then went back to Memphis
probably trying to catch up with the 6th Vol. Cav. and could not find
them. So he joined the 93rd Indiana Vol. Inf. and was captured at
Brices Crossroads. It is not known what Rebel POW camps he was in, but
he was in Savannah, GA, when he was loaded onto the transport ship
As Sherman's troops approached Savannah the Rebs
moved their forces and the healthy POW's away from Savannah. The POW's
that were unable to move on their own were left in Savannah and came
under the control of Union Forces. So Henry was ill before he got on
the Northern Light.
The records show that he was buried in the
Federal Cemetery in Annapolis, but the cemetery has no listing of him.
So the family oral history is correct that he was buried at sea.
Henry (Sr) and
Henry (Jr) are in the same National Archive file, since they were both
members of Co. D, 6th Ill Vol. Cav. and that creates
some difficulties in sorting out what happened to Henry, Sr.
born, Joseph O'Neal
Cocke Co., TN, enlisted in Co. A,
40th Ill Vol. Inf.
and was at Shiloh. Joe O'Neal died of disease in the hospital at
Monterey, TN, Jun 1862, shortly after Shiloh. Joe
buried on the hospital grounds and later reinterred in an unmarked
grave at the Shiloh National Cemetery.
b. abt 1844 Cocke Co., TN, enlisted in Co. D, 6th Ill Vol. Cav., Dec.
died in the Eruptive US Army General Hospital, Louisville, KY, 24 May
1865, of consumption following measles. Henry (Jr) is buried
in Cave Hill National
Nov 1844 Cocke Co.,TN, GGF of John A. O'Neal, enlisted in Co. K, 110th
Vol Inf, Sep. 1862. John was left by the side of the road on
forced march in
Oct. 1862 and was subsequently assigned to the Invalid Corps, later
Veterans Reserve Corps. John was discharged in Jun 1865 and
Knights Prairie, Ill, 23 Aug 1928.
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