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JAMES HILL

Cascade Protestant Cemetery
Dubuque County, Iowa
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1st Lt. James Hill, Company I, 21st Iowa Infantry, Civil War. Awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.
December 6, 1822-September 22, 1899.

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Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
REV. JAMES HILL, retired Baptist minister, of Cascade; is the son of Wm. Hill and Sophia Hawkins, and was born on the 6th of December, 1822, in Cheddar, Somersetshire, England; he was apprentice until 21 years of age, to the draper and general store business. After attaining his majority, he was an assistant in a mercantile establishment in Bristol, England, until 1849, when he came to Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
located in Cascade, which has since been his home. He was married in Cheddar, England, in July, 1848, to Miss Sylvia Brown, daughter of James Brown, of Nicholston, Devonshire, England. On his arrival in Cascade, he purchased and began improving a quarter-section of land where his homestead now is, and at the same time preached to people in the region round about his settlement; most of Con't.

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minisrty have been without money or price. Through his efforts, the Baptist Churches at Epworth and Worthington were gathered, organized and supplied with places of worship; he was also a liberal contributor to Cascade churches. In 1862, he raised seventy-two men for a company of volunteers, and Capt. David Graves completed the company, and it was enlisted in the 21st, I.V.I.; he was Con't.

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elected First Lieutenant, and served in that position until just after the fall of Vicksburg, when he was called to the chaplaincy of the regiment by the unanimous choice of privates and officers; before the close of the war , he was well known in that division as the "Fighting Chaplain;" he preached several times every week, and religious revival were not unfrequented in his regiment. Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
On his return at the close of the war, he resumed his missionary labors in this vicinity. In 1857, he built a fine brick residence in the suburbs of Cascade; it is situated upon a commanding eminence, and his attractive grounds give evidence of cultivated taste. His wife was his efficient co-laborer until her death in March 1874; from 1872 to 1877, he was Pastor of the Baptist Church at Con't.

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Cascade; has now a regular appointment at Worthington, but still resides on and superintends his farm, The plain east of his dwelling was an ancient Indian burying ground; relics have been frequently found, and a full length skeleton of an adult Indian was exhumed not long ago. This vicinity was a favorite camping place of the roving tribes, and until within a score of years, some made Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
annual pilgrimages to these hunting-grounds and resting -place of their departed heroes. In 1878, Mr. Hill was made a Director of the Chicago, Bellevue, Cascade & Western Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and was then elected Vice President, and early in 1879 was the President, but afterward resigned in favor of OF. Wyatt, who, in connection with J.F. Joy and George Runkel, are now constructing the Con't.

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road; he was for one year connected with the Cascade flouring-mills. In September, 1874, he married Mrs. Angie Potter, daughter of John V. McCune, of Belle Plain, Benton Co., Iowa; he has no children. He has been a conscientious and active Republican from the earliest existence of the party, and during his entire life has been an enemy of oppression and slavery of either black or white, Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
and early prophesied that the rebellion would be the death of American slavery. His friend nominated him for the Legislature from this stronghold of Democracy, and he ran 700 ahead of his ticket, but, of course, failed of an election. He is candid and benevolent, and well known for his unostentatious deed of charity. His wife ably seconds his labors, He is emphatically a self-made man; Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
his culture,literary & theological, is the result of devoted study at home in connection with his daily labors. He is not bigoted in his views on religious, social or general questions which divide mankind, but acts in the spirit of Chalmer's beautiful sentiment: "In essentials, unity; in non-essential, liberty; in all things, charity." Con't.

Posted on Jan-7-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
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