Jefferson Loveridge enlisted in 1861 at the age of 18. He was described as being 5’7″ tall, with black hair, hazel eyes, and a dark complexion. He was single, a farmer, and resided at Lane, Ogle County, Illinois. Sometime in 1864 or 1865, he received a promotion to corporal.
During the grueling march across Missouri in October and November of 1864, Loveridge suffered eye problems “owing to unavoidable exposure to inclement weather arising partly from the use of unsuitable tents and partly from such exposure while on march,” and it was upon this basis that he filed his claim for a pension.
After the war, Loveridge lived in Kendallville, Noble County, Indiana in 1866 (where he apparently had ties during the war); Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana in 1870; Crystal Valley, Oceana County, Michigan in 1876.
SOURCES: Barnickel, We Enlisted as Patriots (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1998). Jefferson Loveridge partial pension file, National Archives.