Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Description: George St John Foote, Civil War Vet, Dies in MinonkDate: March 10 1921
Newspaper published in: Minonk
Minonk News Dispatch 10 March 1921
Geo. St. John Foote Dies Last Saturday
Veteran of Civil War Succumbs to Ailments Incident to Advanced Age
Takes Part in Twenty Battles
Has Honor of Being First Soldier to Enter Enemy Trenches at Action at Missionary Ridge
George St. John Foote, a veteran of the civil war, with a record of having participated most bravely in twenty engagements, and who was a resident of Minonk for more than fifty years, died at his home in Minonk on last Saturday afternoon, after being confined to his home for a number of months suffering with a complication of ailments.
The deceased was born at New Canaan, Connecticut in the year 1844, but came west as a youth and located in Illinois. The civil war then broke out and the patriotic spirit of this young citizen was aroused and we find him on August 13, 1862, at the recruiting office at Chicago offering his all to his country. He enlisted in Co K, 88th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into the U.S. service on August 27, of that year, his age at the time being nineteen years.
His war record was a very honorable one. Decidedly reticent in his own behalf it was only through his service record and by the word of his comrades that it was generally learned that he participated in twenty battles and at Missionary Ridge he was the first to cross the ramparts and the first of his regiment to enter the trenches of the enemy. Of these deeds he never spoke and his record bespeaks for him a lasting testimonial to his modesty, as well as to his bravery.
Mr Foote was united in marriage on November 25, 1869, to Miss Anna Hollenback, who died in this city on May 1, 1901. Two children were born to this union, Edward Foote of Green Valley and Miss Laura Foote, who lies seriously sick at the Foote home. One grandchild also survives.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev H.H. McFall, pastor of the church officiating. In attendance at the funeral were his comrades, the members of the local G.A.R. Post and the members of the Minonk Post of the American Legion, military honors being given. Burial took place at the Minonk cemetery.