Muster Roll of Abraham Lincoln's Company of Mounted Volunteers, 27 May 18321
Muster Roll of Captain A. Lincolns Company of the 4th Regiment of Mounted Volunteers commanded by Brig. Genl[Brigadier General] Samuel Whitesides Mustered out of Service of the United States at the Mouth of Fox River May the 27th 18322
|Names||Rank||When enroled||Where enroled||Remarks|
|Abraham Lincoln||Captain||21. April||Richland Sangamon Cty.|
|Samuel M. Thompson||1 Lieut[Lieutenant]||""||""||Resigned 30 April Colonel of 4 Regt. See Roll Field & Staff|
|John Brannen||2 "||""||""|
|John Armstrong||1. Serg.[Sergeant]||""||""|
|Tavner B Anderson||2 "||""||""|
|George W Foster||3 "||""||""||Transfer[ed] to a foot company April 29.|
|Obediah Morgan||4 "||""||""|
|Thomas Combs||1 Corp[Corporal]||""||""|
|John Plaster||2 "||""||""||Resigned 20 day May & serve as a private since|
|Wm F Berry||3 "||""||""|
|Alexander Trent||4 "||""||""|
|John Erwin||private||""||""||Promoted to 3rd Serg in room of G W. Foster April 29|
|John H. Houghton||"||""||""||3|
|Wm Kirkpatrick||Promoted from the Ranks April 30|
|Lewis W Farmer|
|Hugh Armstrong||Promoted to 1st Lieut April 30|
|David Rankin||Transfered to a foot company May 19|
|Urbin Alexander||absent on extra duty|
|Merrit M Carman|
|David M. Pantier||absent on furlough|
|Evan T Lamb|
|John M Rutledge|
|Richard Jones||Promoted from the ranks May 2nd color bearer|
|Names||Rank||When enrolled||Where enrolled||Remarks|
|James Clemment||private||21. apl||Richland|
|John Y Lane|
|Michael Plaster||Aabsent without leave|
|John Mounce||Absent with out leave|
|Wm Hohimer||absent on furlough|
|John Jones||absent with out leave|
|Wm Foster||Transfered to a foot company April 29|
|Nathan Drake||29 Apr||Beardstown|
|Robert S Plunkett|
|Wms T Sprouce.||Promoted from the Ranks May 2— Gunsmith Field & Staff|
|Isaac Guliher.||19 May||Dixons ferry|
I certify upon 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 opp[osite] the names are accurate and JustA. Lincoln Capt
Inspector & Muster Officer
I certify on honor that I have carefully examined this Muster Roll, and that I have this 27th day of May 1832, mustered and minutely inspected for discharge the above named Company of Mounted Volunteers, in the [Brigade] commanded by Brig. Genl Samuel Whiteside.Nathaniel Buckmaster6
Inspector & Muster Officer
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the entirety of this document aside from additions denoted by carets or footnotes.
2At the outbreak of the Black Hawk War, 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 Abraham Lincoln’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; 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, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:176-78, 227-30, 544-46.
4Thomas Long is missing from Lincoln’s other roll. There were two Thomas Longs from Sangamon County that served in the war, the one in Lincoln’s company and another that served with Lincoln in Elijah Iles’ company.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:177; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 465; Muster Roll of Captain Elijah Iles’s Company of Mounted Volunteers.
Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Vault, RG 94, Entry Unknown: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, NAB.