Collection 2011.4 - Finney, John, papers

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US IlHpHS 2011.4


Finney, John, papers


  • Bulk, 1864-1865 (Creation)
  • 1862-1908 (Creation)

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0.3 linear feet : 1 box

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John Finney moved to Warren Township, Illinois from New York State in 1852. Finney enlisted in the 65th Illinois Volunteer Infantry ("Scotch Regiment") and served three years in the Civil War theater. Elected Alderman of Highland Park in 1878 and City Clerk in 1880, he served four decades in city government. Finney also acted as Assessor of Deerfield Township for 12 years.

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Donated to the Highland Park Historical Society by Finney's descendents.

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Letters written from Lake County, Illinois soldier home to his parents in Warren Township, Illinois regarding life and events in the Illinois 65th Infantry regiment and on the battlefield. Correspondence, discharge and pension papers, and newspaper article are arranged chronologically. The folder also includes mounted uniform buttons and Army and Regimental pins and the History and Roster of the Sixty-Fifth Illinois Infantry. There are photocopies of all the documents in a second folder

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  • English

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