When Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers for the Union Army, the men of Illinois responded enthusiastically. In fact, only three other states (New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio) had more men in blue than the Land of Lincoln. Of the more than 250,000 soldiers from Illinois, more than 1,200 hailed from Jersey County.
We will work to add more information about these soldiers to our site. In the meantime, the Illinois GenWeb project has a wonderful website on Illinois in the Civil War, including a search engine that allows you to search for soldiers by county. The website can be found at www.civilwar.ilgenweb.net.