Friday, January 15, 2016

Erasmus Darwin Steen.

Erasmus Darwin Steen.

Birth: Oct. 1, 1835, Pennsylvania.
Death: Mar. 22, 1913, Illinois.

He was the son of Matthew Steen and Elizabeth Galbraith. He married Martha Fair on November 15, 1855 in Warren, Illinois.

Parents: Elizabeth Galbraith Steen (1797 - 1883).

Wife: Martha F. Fair Steen (1836 - 1921).

Children: Ernest Steen (1856 - 1922), Mary Steen Thompson (1861 - 1934).

Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.

Illinois 115th. Infantry, Co. B. Regimental History.

ERASMUS D. STEEN,  First Lieutenant, Brevet Captain,U S. Volunteers. Captain Steen actively assisted in the formtion of Company B and was an efficient officer in the compny until the battle of Chickamauga. While gallantly leading his men in the action on that eventful Sunday afternoon Lieutenant Steen was very severely wounded by a musket ball through the abdomen. Supposed to be mortally wounded he was carried from the field by his comrades to save him from dying among the enemy.

However, to the surprise of all who saw him after receiving his wound, he endured the jolting of the transfer from McFarland's to Chattanooga and the weary months in hospital and so far recovered that he is now able to do some business. After returning to the regimnt his wound still so far disabled him that he was unable for duty and resigned his commission on April 20, 1865, and returned home.

He was some time in business in Shelbyville and later several years in business at Danville, ILL He then spent several years as excursion agent for various railroads,residing in Chicago. He was married before entering the amy and has several grown children, a son being in partnrship with him, a daughter, the wife of Judge Thompson of Dnville. ILL., and two daughters at home. He is now in the real estate business at Room 38 Merchants' Building, and resdes at No. 240 Hampden Court, Chicago.

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