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73th Illinois - The Methodist Preacher Regiment
Matthew 22:21, “They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.”
The call of President Lincoln for 300,000 volunteers on July 6, 1862, was the "bugle-note" that summoned the men and boys of the 73rd Illinois to the field.
In September of 1862 the following letter appeared in the Cincinnati Commercial and was copied into nearly every paper in the United States.
Mr. Editor - The following is a list of the field officers and captains of the 73rd regiment of Illinois Volunteers, known at home as the "Methodist Preachers Regiment," now stationed at Camp Russell in the suburbs of Covington:
Colonel - Rev. James F. Jaquess, D.D. - late president of Quincy College
Lt. Colonel - Rev. Benjamin F. Northcott
Major - Rev. Wm. A. Presson
Captain Company B - Rev. W.B. Colt
Captain Company C - Rev. P. McNutt
Captain Company F - Rev. Geo. W. Montgomery
Captain Company H - Rev. James I. Davidson
Captain Company I - Rev. Peter Wallace
Captain Company K - Rev R.H. Laughlin
Six or seven of the twenty lieutenants are also licensed Methodist preachers. Being thus officered, you may rest assured we are a good set of boys.