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  • Burkhalter Family Collection

James L. Burkhalter moved to Illinois from Pennsylvania in 1856. In 1858 he married Martha Ellen Adle in Galesburg and began raising a family. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Burkhalter wrote Governor Richard Yates for a commission and successfully formed Company F of the Eighty-Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Joining as a private, Burkhalter was elected commanding officer with the rank of captain and served throughout the war, ending his tenure as a major with General William Tecumseh Sherman, well on his march to the sea. After the war he moved back to the Galesburg area where he died in 1908.

The James L. Burkhalter Papers, 1851-1907 may be found at:

Images in this collection include a portrait of James L. Burkhalter and a Burkhalter family men group portrait.

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