At the end of the Civil War, Lincoln engaged Colonel Jaquess as one of his private agents. Jaquess carried out several missions, reporting directly to Lincoln. He attended meetings of the Peace Democrats in Canada, helped a Rebel chemist make an incendiary bomb designed to extinguish itself, and placated unhappy politicians after Lincoln's victory. President Lincoln was assassinated before he could reimburse Jaquess $6,719 for his expenses. The U.S. Congress "looked upon the claim as one of sacred character, growing out of the intimate and confidential relations" between Jaquess and Lincoln, paying it on what would have been Lincoln's sixty-fourth birthday.
Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge was among Jaquess' most memorable battles. At Chickamauga, Rebels captured his son, Willie, the drummer boy. Ten days later, Willie reappeared after having been reported dead. The boy had hidden in a Rebel ambulance, delivering wounded Union soldiers in a prisoner exchange. Missionary Ridge gave the 73rd its chance for payback. After Union forces had achieved their objective, several regiments ignored official orders and continued marching up the hill, but the Rebels fled to the other side. The 73rd and 88th Illinois flags were the first planted. Jaquess reported "more prisoners in number than there were men in the regiment." In 1905 veterans honored him with a marble tablet.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:21am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 737760 N 4401932|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73415000, -90.22553333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.049', W 90° 13.532'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 2.94" N, 90° 13' 31.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 301-399 E State St, Jacksonville IL 62650, US|
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