Muster Roll of Abraham Lincoln's Company of Mounted Volunteers, 27 May 18321
Muster Roll of Captain Abraham Lincolns Company of the ^4th Regt. of the^ Brigade of Mounted Volunteers commanded by Brig. Genl[Brigadier General] Samuel Whiteside ^musterd out of Service at the mouth of Fox River may 27th 1832^2
No. Names Rank When enrolled Where discharged ^Enrolled^ Where discharged Remarks
1 Abraham Lincoln Captain 21st Apl Sangamon Cty3 Mouth of Fox River Ills4
2 Samuel M Thompson 1st Lieut[Lieutenant] "" "" Resigned the 30 day of April
3 John Brannen 23" "" "" Absent on extra duty
4 John Armstrong 1 Serg.[Sergeant] "" ""
5 Tavner B Anderson 23" "" ""
6 George W. Foster 33" "" "" Transfered to a foot company April 29
7 Obadiah Morgan 43" "" "" Absent on furlough
8 Thomas Combs. 1 Corp[Corporal] "" ""
9 John Plaster. 23" "" "" Resigned 20 day of May & Served as a private since
10 William F Berry 33" "" ""
11 Alexander Trent 43" "" ""
12 John Erwin private "" "" Promoted to 3rd Sergeant in room of G W. Foster Apl 29
13 John H. Houghton " "" ""
14 Thomas Pierce " "" ""
15 Samuel Tibbs " "" ""
16 Henry Hadley " "" ""
17 Samuel Dutton " "" ""
18 Calvin Pierce " "" ""
19 Joseph Tibbs " "" ""
20 William Kirkpatrick " "" "" Promoted from the Ranks April 30th5
21 Cyrus Elmore " "" ""
22 Elijah Pierce " "" ""
23 Lewis W Farmer " "" ""
24 Bordry Matthews " "" ""
25 Ep. Sulivan " "" ""
26 Valentine Crete " "" ""
27 Charles Sulivan " "" ""
28 James Simmons " "" ""
29 Hugh Armstrong " "" "" Promoted to 1st Lieutenant April 30th6
307 Allen King " "" ""
31 Joseph Dobson " "" ""
32 David Rankin " "" "" Transfered to a foot company May 19th8
33 Urbin Alexander " "" ""
34 Henry Cox " "" ""
35 Merrit M Carman " "" ""
36 Royal Potter " "" ""

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No Names Rank. When enrolled When discharged Where discharged Remarks
37 David M Pantier private 21st April Mouth Fox River
38 Joseph Hohimer " "" ""
39 George Warburton " "" ""
40 Evan T. Lamb. " "" ""
41 Clardey Barnette " "" ""
42 John M Rutledge " "" ""
43 William Cox. " "" ""
44 Usil Mecker " "" ""
45 Richard Jones " "" "" Promoted from the Ranks May 2nd9
46 Charles Pierce " "" ""
47 James Clemment " "" ""
48 John Y Lane " "" ""
49 Richard Lane " "" ""
50 Royal Clary. " "" 10 ""
51 Pleasant Armstrong " "" ""
52 James Yardley. " "" ""
53 David Rutledge " "" ""
54 Michael Plaster " "" "" Discharged April 29th absent without leave
55 John. Mounce " "" "" Discharged April 29 absent without leave
56 William Hohimer " "" ""
57 Isaac Anderson " "" ""
58 William Marshall " "" ""
59 William Cummins " "" ""
60 John Jones. " "" "" Discharged April 29 Absent without leave
61 Travice Elmore " "" ""
62 William Foster " "" "" Transfered to a foot company. April 29
63 Nathan Drake 29 April ""
64 Robert S. Plunkett " "9 Ap" "" Served as [Porter?] for the governors Staff
65 Williams T Sprouce " "9 Ap" "" Promoted from the Ranks May 2nd11
66 William Clary " "9 Ap" "" Served with Waggon & Team
67 Jacob Heavener.12 " "9 Ap" "" Served with Waggon & Team
68 Isaac Guliher. " May 19th13 ""
I certify on honour that this Muster Roll exhibits a true Statement of Captain A Lincolns company of Mounted Volunteers of Illinois Militia on this day and that the remarks set opposite the names are accurate and Just
Abraham Lincoln Capt[Captain]
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the entirety of this document aside from additions denoted by carets or footnotes.
2At the outbreak of the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln volunteered for the Illinois state militia. On April 21, 1832, Lincoln and other men from the New Salem area were mustered into a company in the 4th Regiment of Illinois Mounted Volunteers, and the members of the company elected Lincoln as their Captain. When his month of service ended, Lincoln re-enlisted twice, for twenty and thirty days respectively, serving as a Private both times. He was discharged finally on July 10, 1832.
Muster Roll of Captain Elijah Iles’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; Muster Roll of Captain Jacob M. Early’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 2 vols., vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:176-78, 227-30, 544-46.
3Someone other than Lincoln wrote “Enrolled” and “Sangamon Cty.”
4In a subsequent document, Lincoln indicated that the mouth of the Fox River was Ottawa, Illinois.
5Kirkpatrick joined Colonel Samuel M. Thompson’s regimental staff as a quartermaster sergeant.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 1:171.
6Armstrong became first lieutenant after the soldiers of the 4th Illinois Regiment of Mounted Volunteers elected Samuel M. Thompson as colonel of the regiment.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 713.
7"3" written over "2".
8Rankin transferred to Captain Seth Pratt’s company in exchange for Isaac Guliher, who joined this company.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 1:178, 222, 224; Abraham Lincoln to Eli C. Blankenship.
9Jones joined Colonel Samuel M. Thompson’s regimental staff as a color bearer.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 1:171.
10“Capt Lincoln 4th Regt” was written vertically in this column by someone other than Lincoln.
11Sprouse joined Colonel Samuel M. Thompson’s regimental staff as a gunsmith.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 1:171.
12Thomas Long and William Greene appear between Heavener and Guliher on Lincoln’s other roll.
13Guliher transferred into Lincoln’s company from Captain Seth Pratt’s company, in exchange for the transfer of David Rankin to that company.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 1:178, 222, 224; Abraham Lincoln to Eli C. Blankenship.

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