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Journal of Colonel Allen L. Fahnestock, Commander of Andrew Doran in the 86th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

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 Allen L. Fahnestock (1828-1920) was a grocer in Glasford, Illinois in 1862. Responding to President Lincoln’s call for more volunteer soldiers, Fahnestock recruited volunteers from Peoria County for the 86th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The 86th Illinois Infantry left Peoria in September 1862. Within a month, the 86th Illinois fought the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky. Fahnestock and his unit also fought at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Tunnel Hill, Resaca, Ringgold and Kennesaw Mountain.

The journal presented here includes many photographs of men in Fahnestock’s unit and some commanding officers, as well as maps and drawings of the campaigns. Most of the journal represents a day-by-day account of the movements and activities of the 86th Illinois Infantry from 1862 to 1865.

After the war, Allen Fahnestock returned at the rank of Colonel to Glasford, his peace-time occupation of grocer, and his family. In 1910, by a unanimous vote of his comrades during a reunion, Fahnestock agreed to donate the journal to the Peoria Public Library. Fahnestock died June 12, 1920 at the age of 92.

These pages are extracted from Colonel Fahnstock’s journal. They are pages that refer to Private Andrew Doran of Company E during his service in the 86th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.


Names of Wounded at the Charge of Kenesaw Mountain Geogia
Fahnestock Journal page 104

Company A, B & C

Company D & E

Soldiers of the 86th Regiment Buried at Chattanooga Tennessee
Fahnestock Journal page 195


Members of Companies of the 86th Illinois Infantry
Fahnestock Journal page 217

Company E, Captains through Corporals

Fahnestock Journal page 218

Company E, Privates


Written by Michael S. Doran

September 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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  1. Colonel Fahnestock actually died on Jun. 12th, according to our family records. :]

    K. Fahnestock

    August 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    • Thank you for the correction. I have edited the date and linked to the Find A Grave Memorial.

      Michael S. Doran

      January 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

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