Gabriel B Durham of the 12th Illinois Cavalry is buried in Mound Grove Cemetary in Kankakee, IL. He was reported to be the first man killed at Gettysburg, but it is more likely that he was the first man hit at Gettysburg on the first day of the battle. He died from his woulds 23 days later, reportedly in the arms of his father,
Pleasant Durham, who had come from Kankakee to take care of him. His diary is on display at the new museum at the Gettysburg battlefield. A marker bearing his name is on the battlefield.
Prior to enlisting, he was the editor of a paper that was owned by he and his brother, Jerome B. Durham. They sold the paper at the start of the war. Jerome became quartermaster for the 76th Illinois Cavalry.
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