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Second Brigade

34th Illinois

34th Regiment

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Original History

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Edward N. Kirk of the 34th Illinois.

Kirk as part of McCook's Second Division, was hurried to the front near the center of the Union line. Gen. McCook, believing the enemy had ceased their efforts on the right of his line and was preparing to turn his left, ordered the 77th PA to the extreme left of the division to repel the assault being made at that point.
Kirk called upon the artillery to fire, hastening their departure. The column moved forward.
Two days later, about six miles from Shelbyville outside Clay Village, Col. Kirk learned that an enemy force of four pieces of artillery, two cavalry regiments and an infantry brigade were drawn up in line of battle to his front.
Kirk ordered the 77th and the 29th IN to charge the battery, which retreated before the onslaught.
At the end of November Col. Kirk was commissioned Brigadier General, while Col. Stumbaugh, due to ill health, was forced to retire December 7.
General Kirk, commander of the Second Brigade, was also mortally wounded in the battle and succeeded by Col. Dodge of the 30th Indiana.

This Week in the Civil War December 28,1862

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The brigades of Generals Willich and Kirk open upon the advancing columns, but it is soon apparent "that to fall back was a 'military necessity'....The troops of this division for the first time were compelled to yield the field."

Edward Needles Kirk, (1828-1863), Ohio-Illinois.Kirk was a Quaker and a lawyer before the war.He raised and became colonel of the 34th Illinois and was wounded at Shiloh.Returning to duty, he was promoted to brigadier-general two days before the battle and was severely wounded early in the first day's fighting.Permanently disabled, Kirk was transported to his home in Sterling, Illinois where he succumbed to his wounds on July 29th.

HSP Manuscript Guide: 2000-2099

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Edward Needles Kirk, Sterlin, Ill., lawyer, was killed in the Civil War while serving as an officer with the 34th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Kirk's papers consist of personal and professional correspondence together with Civil War letters to, from, and about Kirk; legal documents; clippings; and other miscellany.

Visit Rock Falls - Recently Added Listings - Attractions

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The home was built circa 1858 by Edwin G. Allen for Colonel Edward N. Kirk.

SVACC - Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

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The home was built circa 1858 by Edwin G. Allen for Colonel Edward N. Kirk and was purchased by Washington M. Dillon in 1882.

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