Major Richard Conover

Richard Ashton Conver was born in Morgan County, Illinois on December 28, 1831.

After receiving his literary education in Eureka, Illinois, Dr. Conover began the study of medicine under Dr. R.B.M. Wilson of Washington, Illinois. He married his wife, Miss Sarah Fisher of Tazewell County, Illinois on October 3rd, 1854 and graduated from St. Louis Medical College in 1858. After graduation, he taught one year in the preparatory department of Walnut Grove Academy.

Dr. Conover practiced medicine in Eureka clear up until the start of the Civil War, when, in 1862, he entered the service as Assitant Surgeon for the 108th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. One year after enlisting, he was promoted to Surgeon and served in that position until the war was almost over.

After leaving, Dr. Conover moved his family to Peculiar, Cass County, Missouri in 1868 and continued in the medical profession for sixteen years. By the time of his death on February 15, 1886 due to heart disease, Dr. Conover had become president of the Medical Association of Kansas.

Civil War History

The bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861 and the following surrender on April 14, 1861 was the actual start of the Civil War.

Did you know?

The first federal income tax was levied in 1862 to help finance the war.

The average age of Union soldiers at time of enlistment was 25.8 years old.

In 1861, a private in the Union army earned $13 a month. A Union brigadier general received $315 a month.

Approximately one of every four Union soldiers was born outside the United States. Of immigrants who served, Germans formed the largest group, followed by the Irish.

The only civilian casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg was a young woman named Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade, who was shot and killed by an errant bullet while making bread in her sister’s house.

Albert Woolson, the last recognized surviving Union soldier, died in 1956.

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