JOSEPH J. SLAUGHTER, First Lieutenant, was born in Ohio in 1833. His ancestors were from Virginia. He came to Delavan, 111., in the early '50% a splendid specimen of vigorous manhood, a veritable hero in promoting what he thought to be right. He married Miss Mary Cook, a woman of superior intelligence. They have four children, their daughter Julia being the wife of Mr. Breidenthal, a prominent State official of Kansas. Lieutenant Slaughter enlisted as private, was quickly made sergeant, and later lieutenant. During the absence of the officers of Company A he was assigned to the command of that company, being in command of it at the battles of Resaca and Nashville. By his bravery and courtesy he secured the confidence and respect of all the members of the company. He now lives on a farm near Altamont, Kan., broken in health.
Name; SLAUGHTER, JOSEPH J. Rank; SGT. Company; H. Unit; 115 IL US INF.
Personal Characteristics. Residence; DELAVAN, TAZEWELL CO, IL. Age; 29. Height; 5' 1. Hair; LIGHT. Eyes; BLUE. Complexion; FAIR. Marital Status; MARRIED. Occupation; FARMER. Nativity; FALLS, MUSKINGUM CO, OH.
Service Record. Joined When; AUG 9, 1862. Joined Where; TAZEWELL CO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where; CAMP BUTLER, IL. Muster Out: JUN 11, 1865. Muster Out Where; CAMP HARKER, TN. Remarks; PROMOTED 1SGT & 1LT.