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Otto Wolf

117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry




     Otto Wolf of Edwardsville, Illinois, was a loyal son of Illinois, a strong Lincoln man and a real Unionist.  When he was only fifteen, he enlisted as a drummer boy in Company F, 117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry – a regiment his older brother Adolphs P. Wolf helped to organize.  (Dolf, as he was called by his younger brother, served as a corporal in the very-same company.)

     According to the The Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, the 117th Illinois, was a rather fortunate regiment, as it lost only eleven enlisted men killed and mortally wounded through combat, and four officers and one hundred fifteen enlisted men by disease – a total of one hundred thirty – during the duration of the war.

     The regiment travelled extensively during its service, moving 778 miles by rail,  steaming 6,191 miles by water, and marching an additional 2,307 miles on foot, for a total oĢ 9,276 miles.


[Image source:  Madison County Historical Museum & Archival Library, Edwardsville, IL.]


Letters of Otto Wolf, 1863

Letters of Otto Wolf, 1864

Letters of Otto Wolf, 1865


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