Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian. This column originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter. The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.
During the Civil War while many of the men who enlisted to fulfill the Schaumburg Township quota were paid replacements, some local men did serve. Two local men were members of the 8th Illinois Cavalry: George Sager, Co. E, 8th IL Cavalry (1843-1879) and John P. Sharp, Co. D, 8th IL Cavalry (1838/9-1862).
John P. Sharp was born in NY and farmed with his father in Schaumburg Township in section 34, in the far southeastern part of the township, according to the 1860 Census and 1861 plat map. He enlisted at Bloomingdale, IL for 3 years in September 1861. His regiment went by train to Washington City (D. C.). He was admitted to the hospital in January and died of disease in February 1862. According to National Park Service information, the 8th IL Cavalry lost 7 officers and 68 enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 174 enlisted men by disease.
George S. Sager was also born in NY and in the 1860 Census he was farming with his father in section 9, in an area north of present day Hoffman Estates High School. His father and younger siblings are buried at Greve Cemetery in Hoffman Estates. During his military service he was wounded by a ball in the left thigh at the charge of Barbees Cross Roads, VA. and captured July 3, 1864 at Monocacy, MD, and was prisoner of war in Richmond, VA. He survived the war but died at 35 leaving a widow and four children. Her petitions for widow’s benefits attributed his early death to his military service.
Sunday, July 26 from Noon to 4 pm the Historical Sites Commission and the Hoffman Estates Museum will host an Open House at Sunderlage farmhouse, 1775 Vista Lane, Hoffman Estates. Featured at this event will be the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry who will show equipment and camp life of the Civil War cavalry men.
The Kishwaukee Ramblers will provide musical entertainment beginning at 1:30 pm and the Schaumburg Township Historical Society will have an ice cream social with free ice cream with your choice of toppings.
Many thanks to Nancy Lyons who provided the historic details of the Schaumburg Township men who served in the Civil War.
Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian
The Sager tombstone was gratefully added from findagrave.com