In celebration of Memorial Day, 2017, honoring the military service of Azariah Rider.
Frank T. Ryder's grandfather Azariah Rider was a veteran of Company F of the 95th Illinois Infantry. He was buried in Floyd Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. He was a married farmer from McHenry County, Illinois in 1862, so his wife Mary J. Jacobs and his year old son Fred Rider remained at home.
Headstone of Azariah Rider in Floyd Cemetery, Grand Army of the Republic section, Sioux City, Iowa
A complete narrative history of Azariah's unit was written by one of the officers immediately after the war, before the unit was returned home and while still in active service. The book is available as a free ebook at Google Play Books. It can be accessed at: History of the 95th Illinois Infantry
Company F fought at for General Ulysses Grant at Vicksburg, dozens of other battles and was at Mobile as hostilities ended. Azariah is included among the discharged privates returned to Springfield, Illinois and then back to McHenry County. Many others who left with his unit died in battle or of some other illness.
An extensive summary of the unit's military experience is included in Illinois in the Civil War Archive. The source of the summary is based on a book, originally published in 1908, by Frederick Dyer and it is available at: A Compendium of The War Of the Rebellion by Frederick Dyer