Samuel J. Churchill
posted here with permission of Taylor Owen, a descendent.
Due to the apparent absence of any rank insignia, this photo was almost certainly taken before May of 1864, when Churchill was promoted to corporal. Perhaps this is an early war photograph, taken shortly after enlistment. Note the detail on his cap that looks very much like crossed sabers (denoting cavalry). Churchill also appears to be carrying a sword, rather than the heavier, curved artillery saber. His uniform is not the typical shell jacket used by most artillery units during the war. The battery may have been issued these uniforms while guarding the armory at Springfield, Illinois and the crossed cavalry sabers (if they are such) may be indicative of the battery's early identity as the DeKalb Horse Artillery.
Back to Battery G Photo Gallery page.
This page updated on: March 15, 2001
Created: March 15, 2001