Thomas Doremus Vredenburgh was born March 15, 1841 on a farm two miles west of Curran, Illinois, and died at Owanita, Lee County, Florida, March 9, 1922, where he was spending the winter, and was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.
He was the fifth child of John S. and Ann Doremus Vredenburgh, who settled in Curran township in 1835, removing there form New Jersey.
Mr. Vredenburgh enlisted for service in the Civil Was as Private, in Company B, 10th Illinois Cavalry, in which Regiment he subsequently held the following Commissions:
|1st Lt and Adjt. 2nd Bat.||April 8, 1862|
|1st Lt Co. D.||Oct. 14, 1862|
|Cap. Co. D.||May 31 , 1863|
|Maj.||Dec. 31, 1864|
|Lt. Col.||Oct. 10, 1865|
Mr. Vredenburgh was taken prisoner of war June 6, 1863 at Richmond, LA., and was confined at Shreveport, LA and Tyler, Texas, until the latter part of August, 1864. He escaped from Camp Ford, Tyler Texas with the assistance and connivance of a number of prisoners of war who were to be exchanged at New Orleans.
Mr. Vredenburgh was married to Maria S. Reynolds who preceded him in death by about twenty years. He leaves one son surviving, Wm. R. Vredenburgh, of Springfield, Illinois.
He was engaged in the Lumber Business in Springfield and Loami in the early years of his business life, later establishing the Loami Bank of which he was Cashier for a number of years, retiring shortly after his wife's death, thereafter making his home with his son in Springfield, Ill.
(This obituary appeared on the rear cover of the 44th Reunion program of the 10th Illinois Cavalry (Civil War) held on August 24, 1921).