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Local History

Information about historical figures at rest in the Vernon Cemetery, Lake County, Illinois.

Edward R. Shapter

Born: 1843
Died: February 13, 1910

  • Immigrated from England
  • Rose to the rank of sergeant in Civil War 
  • Returned to Vernon after war to farm

Shapter timeline

Life of Edward Shapter in relation to historical events and other area figures.

Cavalry at Benton Barracks, MO

Cavalry at Benton Barracks, MO

This image is of a WI cavalry unit at one of the places the 17th IL Cavalry Co. I also trained.

Jefferson Barracks illustration

Jefferson Barracks

Another location that Shapter and the 17th IL Cav, Company I trained. It is just across the Missouri River from Alton, IL

cavalry sergeant uniform

Cavalry sergeant uniform

This is the uniform that Edward Shapter would have worn in battle; it is not a portrait of Edward Shapter, however.