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Possesions of Andrew Doran

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The following items were generously given to me by Bill Estep, descendant of Margaret Doran Brewster.  His family cared for these items and passed them down over the generations.  It is with much appreciation that I accept them and will do my best to preserve them for generations to come.

The utensils would have originally included a knife, but they were commonly lost over time.  The Percussion Cap Pouch held the caps that were used to ignite the gun powder.


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June 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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Personal Items of Andrew Doran

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February 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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Children of James Doran and Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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1 James Doran b: 6 FEB 1806 d: 24 OCT 1893
+ Mary Rebecca Maxwell b: 13 JUL 1801 d: 1 NOV 1897

2 Mary Jane Doran b: 13 JUL 1829 d: 12 DEC 1919
2 John Doran b: 19 MAR 1830 d: 9 MAR 1897
2 Edward James Doran b: 3 FEB 1833 d: 3 MAY 1911
2 William Doran b: 8 MAY 1835 d: 1913
2 Margaret Doran b: 26 MAR 1837 d: 23 OCT 1933
2 Thomas Alexander Doran b: 22 APR 1839 d: 4 MAY 1923
2 Willmina Doran b: 5 JUL 1841 d: 24 MAY 1932
2 Robert Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 25 FEB 1926
2 Andrew Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 26 AUG 1864
2 Phoebe Ann Doran b: 22 FEB 1847 d: 4 MAR 1915

Andrew Doran

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Andrew Doran age 18

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September 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Headstone of Andrew Doran

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Birth: 7 MAR 1844 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, Canada
Death: 26 AUG 1864 in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennesee, USA
Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetary, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennesee, USA

Andrew Doran – Find A Grave Memorial

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September 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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

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September 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Personal Civil War Diary of Andrew Doran trascribed by Bill Estep

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The following is an attempt to preserve the Civil War memories of Andrew Doran, an ancestor of the Brewster, Baker, Bailey, Estep, and Wasell families.  This tiny, pocket-sized diary was carried with him for the two months that he was actively engaged in fighting during the war.  His hand-written comments about his daily life were done with a pencil and were smudged in places making it difficult to read.  Additionally, some of the spelling is incorrect but hasn’t been altered in order to remain faithful to the original.  His photograph and some facts about his life before the ware are included in family archives.


Tuesday, May 3, 1864
We relined at Gordons Mills and marched to Ringold and went into camp Northwest of town

Wednesday, May 4, 1864
Stayed in camp all day and cleared rations at night but got orders to march the next morning

 Thursday, May 5, 1864
We marched at six o’clock out through Al’s Gap (?) and went into camp

 Friday, May 6, 1864
Was in camp all day and discharged (?) rations and had a pretty good time generally

 Saturday, May 7, 1864
We marched at six o’clock and skirmishing began between seven and eight o’clock and they keep(?) it all day camped on Tunnel Hill for the night

 Sunday, May 8, 1864
There was skirmishing and we moved forward half a mile and stayed all night in line of battle

 Monday, May 9, 1864
We moved down to the foot of rock face rang (Rocky Face Ridge) thare (there) was heavy skirmishing all day and some cannonading.  It rained all night

 Tuesday, May 10, 1864
Some cannonading and a good deal of skirmishing but we was not in the fight 125 and 52 went in the skirmishing and we supported them this was til five o’clock

 Wednesday, May 11, 1864
It rained all night and we had to get up and clear rations firing commenced before daylight and it kept up all the afternoon heard cannonading in the afternoon and extended after dark

 Thursday, May 12, 1864
We started leaving camp at seven o’clock marching all day and night till three in the morning and then went into camp

 Friday, May 13, 1864
Marched in the morning three miles and stopped and lay thare 4 o’clock packed our knapsacks carrying nothing but our blankets marched till twelve o’clock and camped in a line of white oak

 Saturday, May 14, 1864
Heavy cannonading and musketry all day our brigaid (?) of our division joined our regiment was not in the fight

 Sunday, May 15, 1864
Connonading and musketry all day our rear went up the skirmish line heavy musketry after dark the rebs leav at one or two oclock at night

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September 16, 2010 at 10:20 am