Augustus Chetlain

Augustus Louis Chetlain

Augustus Louis Chetlain Assisted in raising Galena's first volunteer company, the "Jo Daviess Guards," April 1861 Commissioned Captain, Company F, 12th Illinois Infantry, April 1861

Augustus Chetlain

    • Born Dec. 26, 1824, St. Louis, MO to Swiss parents; family settled in Galena in 1826
    • Educated in local schools; established a successful mercantile business
    • Married Emily Tenny in 1847; she died during the birth of their first child. Married Annie Smith of Rockford, IL 18 year later
    • Assisted in raising Galena’s first volunteer company, the “Jo Daviess Guards,” April, 1861
    • Commissioned Captain, Company F, 12th Illinois Infantry, April 1861; promoted Lieutenant Colonel, May 1861
  • Promoted Colonel, for Gallantry at Fort Donelson, April 1862; Commanded Federal Post at Corinth, Mississippi
  • In charge of raising 17,000 black troops in Tennessee and Kentucky, for which given rank of brevet Major General, June 1864
  • Commander at Memphis, Tennessee and Talladega, Alabama, 1865-1866
  • Appointed Assessor of Internal Revenue for the District of Utah, 1867
  • Appointed U.S. Consul to Belgium, 1869; returned to Chicago, 1872; engaged in banking business
  • Died in Chicago, March 15, 1914; buried in Galena’s Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery Galena, Illinois

Greenwood Cemetery Galena, Illinois