Civil War & Dundee Township 1861-1865

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    Colonel Jerome Davis

    Jerome Davis enlisted on the outbreak of the Civil War, as a private in the 52nd Illinois.   During the Battle of Shiloh, where the regiment lost 170 out of 500 men, he won the commission of 2nd Lieutenant.   While bearing the regimental colors he received a severe wound in the thigh.   Comrades, under his direction, gave as much crude first aid as they could, but he lost consciousness and was left on the field for dead.   Later, he was moved to the deck of a steamer where he laid on the deck for two days before his wound was properly dressed.   He recovered and during the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea, he progressed thru the ranks until reaching the rank of Colonel.   As a “Boy Colonel” he led the 52nd in the Grand Review at Washington on May 24, 1865.

    After the War he graduated from Beloit College and entered the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1866.   During part of this time he lived in Dundee, IL and was a member of the Congregational Church, where he served as a clerk.   Upon his graduation from the Seminary, in 1869, he and his wife, Sophia Strong, moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where they took on the work of “Pioneer Missionaries” .   Two years later they sailed to Japan, being only the third family to enter that land as Missionaries under the American flag.   With no one willing to sell or rent a house to these “setter forth after strange Gods”, they finally obtained shelter in an old heathen temple where their first daughter was born.

    Colonel Davis devoted almost 40 years of his life in Japan where he finally died on November 4, 1910.

                                                        By Marge Edwards


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Dundee Township Historical Society Mission

Our mission is to inspire appreciation in our rich local heritage by encouraging understanding and preservation of the history of our township.

Dundee Township is an area where new growth and historic preservation stand side by side.   We seek your active involvement in the Historical Society.   Your financial support by membership dues, donations, and gifts of time as a volunteer (docent, library aide, special events volunteer, etc.) will allow us to achieve our goals.












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We Are History Documentary Series

Most recorded history starts as a "word of mouth" story told from one person to another or handed down from generation to generation.   The age of video recording is changing that, however there are still many "historical treasures" being "kept secret" inside the memory banks of many making Us all a part of history.   It is our mission to record and share those treasures with everyone because "We Are History".


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St. James Episcopal church History

    Fay Williams, Church Vestry & Dths Board Member Shares the very interesting story of how St. James Episcopal Church came to West Dundee, the difficulties with moving one of the buildings across the Fox River and the role she played with opening the Cornerstone, exposing a time capsule.  

The History of St. James Episcopal Church You Tube Video

Supplemental History of St. James Episcopal Church Adobe pdf document

2011 Season Opening Day Meeting

    Dundee Township Historical society President, Marge Edwards, introduces Jim Zingales who shares "the language of the civil war soldier".   Many sayings still used today, have origins that date back to the civil war.   Jim Zingales is the Former Camp Commander of the Sons of the Union Veteran, an organization originally formed for the children of the soldiers of the G.A.R.

2011 Season Opening Day Meeting Introduction

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