The two photographs (above) are of Colonel James J. Dollins, 81st Illinois Infantry. Dollins was killed in the assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 22, 1863.

In a letter dated four days later, Chaplain William S. Post writes to Illinois Governor Yates:

"The 81st has suffered terribly in the attempt to Storm a Fort...Col. Dollins fell- shot through the head...fourteen non-commissioned officers & privates were killed on the fatal spot where our men were ordered to charge."

Dollins was a married farmer and county clerk from Franklin County, Illinois.

Post, from Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois, held a Doctor of Divinity degree. He resigned his service on May 27, 1864.