117th McKendree Regiment Memorial Service on May 23


A brief Memorial Ceremony to honor Civil War soldiers of the 117th Illinois Regiment, also known as the “McKendree Regiment” or “McKendree’s Own.”

The 7th annual ceremony will include:

-  Posting of the colors

-  Remarks by Sgt. Major Frank Austin of the 117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, in Civil War uniform

-  Patriotic music

The 117th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers of the Union Army was comprised of about 900 mostly McKendree College (now McKendree University) faculty and staff members, graduates and students.

When the Civil War began in 1861, 150 of the 200 students enrolled volunteered for Federal Service, rushing to defend the Union. McKendree contributed at least six generals, 30 other officers and hundreds of enlisted men to the Northern ranks. Many of the trees on front lawn of the historic Lebanon campus, founded in 1828, were planted in memory of those who died in the Civil War.

Prior to the ceremony, flags will be placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers Jesse Brant, William Ogden, Lt. Samuel H. Deneen (former professor of languages at McKendree, d. 1895), and Lt. William Wallis (d. 1901) at College Hill Cemetery, north of campus. All are welcome to attend the annual brief memorial service on the front lawn of the campus, near the 117th Volunteer Infantry Regiment Memorial (note new location: not at the cemetery this year).


McKendree University campus front lawn, Lebanon, Illinois
Outside Bothwell Chapel



Noon on Friday, May 23, rain or shine