Civil War Veteran Buried in Wilbur Springs Cemetery ----------------------------------------------- 1) Edward Townsend Madison B - 1827 D - June 17, 1902 Lt, Company K, 3rd Illinois Cavalry under the command of Colonel's Eugene Asa Carr & Lafaytte McCrillis; Lt Colonel's James M. Ruggles & Robert H. Carnahan and Major's John McConnell, Louis D. Hubbard, James H. O'Conner & John L. Campbell. He was born in Ireland to Emily Havens and Thomas Edwin Madison and came to the United States as a young man, settling in Illinois. He enlisted in the Union Army on August 27, 1861 at Camp Butler, Illinois and fought in the following battles; Union General John C. Fremont's Campaign against Springfield (October 23 - November 2, 1861), Pea Ridge (March 6 - 8, 1862), Talbot's Ferry & White River (April 19, 1862), Chickasaw Bayou (December 26 - 28, 1862), Chickasaw Bluff (December 29, 1862), Arkansas Post (January 10- 11, 1863), Port Gibson (May 1, 1863), Champion's Hill (May 16, 1863), Big Black River Bridge (May 17, 1863), Assault & Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 - July 4, 1863), Operations in western Louisiana (October 3 - November 30, 1863), Holly Springs (February 12, 1864), Okolona (February 18, 1864), Tishoming Creek (June 10, 1864), Camargo's Cross Roads (July 13, 1864), Memphis (August 21, 1864), Franklin (November 30, 1864), Nashville (December 15 - 16, 1864) & Operations against Indians in Minnesota and Dakota Territories (July 4 - October 1, 1865). The regiment mustered out on October 18, 1865 at Springfield, Illinois. The following year, 1866, he crossed the plains to California, settling in the Indian Valley area of Colusa County in the Town of Sulfur Creek in Wilbur Springs. He worked for Tilden Jones at his ranch, which consisted of 160 acres, 28 miles southwest of Williams. He also owned a small lot of land in the Town of Sulfur Creek, which was 18,000 square feet with a cabin. Tilden Jones asked him if he could do extra chores for him in place of William Roe, who accidentally cut himself while marking hogs. While he was feeding cattle, he passed away at the age of 74 years and was buried on a hill in a sepulcher (burial vault) dug in the rocks. He never married and was very well liked by the residents of Sulfur Creek. He is the only Civil War Veteran buried in the Sulfur Creek Area.
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