Many Dillinghams fought during the Civil War. My great-great-great grandfather, George E. “Doc” Dillingham served and survived.
Several of his brothers also served, including his youngest brother, Alfred.
Alfred married Margaret Miller in 1854; they had 4 children: one daughter and three sons.
Right before their marriage, Alfred bought 40 acres in Williamson County, Illinois.
Alfred enlisted in Company H, Illinois 81st Infantry Regiment with his brother-in-law, Jonathon Miller. Alfred enlisted as a private, but was promoted to full corporal; Jonathon enlisted as corporal, it is not known if he earned any promotions.
Sadly, Alfred was wounded, captured, imprisoned at Andersonville, and later died of his wounds in a Confederate hospital in Alabama in 1864.
*Find a Grave death date is incorrect; he died in 1864.
About a year after his death, Alfred’s widow married William Dallas DeWoody and had 5 more children.
This is all I know about Alfred; I was able to trace a lot of the DeWoody branch, but since they do not directly connect to me, I will not go into that here. I did find pictures of two of Alfred’s sons: Thomas and Vachel.
(Vachel is a family name from Alfred's mother's father who was from Alsace-Lorraine; more on Alfred and George's mother later).