Charles Wright Wills
was born in Canton, III, April 17th, 1840. His parents were Andrew Wills and Eliza Brady, both natives of Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Canton public schools, and was graduated from the State Normal School at Bloomington. Enlisted at Peoria, in Co. E, 8th Infantry, April 20th, 1861, for three months, and was mustered out July 25th. He then enlisted in the 7th Cav'y, and was made Battalion Adjutant, in which capacity he served till Sept. 6th, 1862. when by order of the War Dept. all such officers were mustered out. He was elected Capt. of Co. G, 103rd Ill. Infty, Oct. 2nd, 1862, while at Peoria, and served as such till in Dec, 1865, while in Savannah, Ga.. he was elected Major. During the summer of 1863 he served on the Staff of Major General Oglesby. Was with the Command during the Carolina Campaign, receiving the Commis- sion of Lieut. Col., but was never mustered. At the close of the war he moved to La. and engaged in sugar planting. He died on the plantation at Jennerette the 24th of March, 1883. His remains were buried at Canton, Ill.