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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quintillious Various Bryan - various sources including the Hoxie Sentinel

Quintillious Various Bryan 14 Dec 1838 – 13 Feb 1921

Quintillious Various Bryan was born on the 14th of December 1838 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio to Mahala Williamson Bryan. He served as a private in Company B of the 11th Illinois US Cavalry in the Civil War on the side of the Union. At the time he was 22 years old, 5’8” with light hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He had been a farmer previous to this at Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois. He joined on March 25, 1864 at Farmington for a period of 3 years. He was mustered in on Apr 23 1864 at Camp Butler, Illinois. He was mustered out Sept 30, 1865 at Memphis, Tennessee. The following is a summary of the 11th Cavalry’s service:

• Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City May 4-21.

o (Detachment) Benton May 7 and 9.

• Expedition from Vicksburg to Pearl River July 2-10

o Clinton July, 5.

o Clinton and Jackson July 7.

• Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3 (Detachment).

• Expedition from Natchez to Woodville October 4-11 (Detachment).

o Woodville October 5-6.

• Operations in Issaqueena and Washington Counties October 24-31.

• Expedition from Vicksburg to Gaines Landing, Ark., and Bayou Macon, La., November 6-8.

• Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4.

• Moved to Memphis, Tenn., December.

• Grierson's Raid on Mobile & Ohio R. R. December 21, 1864, to January 15, 1865.

o Franklin Creek December 21-22.

o Egypt Station December 28, 1864.

o Franklin Jannary 2, 1865.

• Expedition from Memphis to Marion, Ark., January 19-22.

o Marion, Ark., January 20-21, 1865,

• Duty on Memphis & Charleston R. R. between Memphis and Grand Junction,

• Headquarters at LaGrange, Tenn., January to September, 1865.

o Expedition from Memphis to Brownsville, Miss., April 23-26.

• Mustered out September 30, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 32 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 8 Officers and 237 Enlisted men by disease. Total 279.

During the time he was in the war, he wrote letters to his future wife, Henrietta Bye. He married Henrietta on the 1st of March 1866 in Illinois. They had nine children. Quintillious died on the 13th of Feb 1921 at Hoxie, Sheridan, Kansas. He was buried in the Hoxie Cemetery, Sec. B, Lot 22, Grave 3.

The following is taken from the Hoxie Sentinel, February 17, 1921.

A Civil war veteran answers final call

The span of years extending from the eventful days of the early 60’s down to the present time contains so much history, and he who had a part in the making of the same possessed an opportunity, perhaps unequalled, during any other period of the world’s history. Due honor is always due the veterans who helped preserve the Union intact and to those who helped to transform the solitude of the prairies, the haunts of the Indian and buffalo, into a region of happy and contented homes as one by one these sturdy settlers pass into that Silent Land, we pause at their bier to reflect that soon the whole gallant band will live only in memory, but what they did will never be forgotten but will endure as long as time. In the passing of Mr. Bryan, the community has lost an early settler and another one of the “Old Boys” has joined his comrades, who have pitched their tents on their last Camping Ground.

Mr. Bryan was an early settler in this county and underwent all the privations incident to pioneer life. He was a good citizen, an indulgent father and an accommodating neighbor.

He was a member of the Masonic Order and his brother Masons had charge of his funeral rites. Reverend Adolph Haberly, of the Hoxie Presbyterian church, preached his funeral sermon.

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