Monday, December 22, 2014

Willis Vidito.

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Willis Vidito,

Birth: 1844,
Death: Aug. 23, 1923,

Wife: Alice Amos Vidito (1849 - 1919).

Children: Virgil Albert Vidito (1867 - 1944), Clarence Melvin Vidito (1873 - 1925), Thomas Vivian Vidito (1874 - 1961), Veda May Vidito (1891 - 1928).

Burial: Alsea Cemetery, Alsea, Benton County, Oregon.

Civil War Veteran.

Willis Vidito, Private; 37th., Indiana Infantry; Co. F.; Residence Dearborn Co.; Enlisted October 20, 1861.  Mustered out October 27, 1864.

Indiana Thirty-Seventh Infantry,  Regimental History
Company F.

The Thirty- seventh, after eating breakfast, was marched south some distance and placed on picket on Missionary ridge. The pickets were placed in little groups of three or four men some two or three rods apart. The rebels were anxious to know what we were doing and how strong we were, and about 3 o'clock p. m. sent out a scouting party to gain the desired information. They came a little too close, and Willis Vidito,of Co. F.,killed one of them   their curiosity was satisfied. We remained on that ridge all night a long, cold, cheerless night, and at early dawn the 22nd of September, we quietly came down the hill and marched into Chattanooga, the rebels following us so closely that their advance was in sight of us as we went into town, and the Chickamauga campaign was over, and Chattanooga, the objective point, was ours. Ours was the last Regiment to go into Chattanooga. The rebel Cavalry followed us pretty closely, but showed no desire to attack us. Our army had the city theirs the dead and wounded. Yet no campaign or battle of the war did greater honor to the fighting quality of the Northern soldiers, or accomplished more for the crushing of the rebellion than the battle of Chickamauga. When we arrived near Chattanooga the morning of the 22nd, we faced to the front, went into camp, ate breakfast and prepared for the siege of Chattanooga.

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