In Memoriam - Jon Austin - Jacksonville, Illinois
Portrayed Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford, M.D.
Embalming Surgeon of Washington D.C.
Jon came to the 10th Cavalry with an extensive knowledge of historic embalming and funeral customs.
He had varied interests which included research in genealogy, local history, 19th century social
history, textiles, and performing first person living history. He appeared on the History
Channel as an authority on funeral customs, including the funeral and burial of President Lincoln.
Jon was the co-chairman of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition's reenactment in Springfield, Illinois.
He was last employed by FEMA in disaster relief in Puerto Rico after the hurricanes there. Jon was well known across
the nation, and his death has been felt far and wide. His seemingly inexhaustible knowledge about so many
subjects has left a void that will be hard, if not impossible to fill. Jon graduated from New York University with
a Master's degree
in Museum Science. He was a member of organizations as varied as the Illinois Historical Society, the General
Society of Mayflower Descendants, and of course, we of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
had the honor of his membership as well. For several years, Jon had
visited our camp at reenactments, and finally, in 2010, he just sat down at our campfire and said, "I think this is
the reenactment group I need to join." He was always teaching us about history and we all learned so much from him.
He was a gentle soul
who is very sadly missed. Unexpectedly, Jon passed away on November 24, 2020. He was 61 years old.
Ride Well, Ride Long, Ride Proud, Dr. Lyford.
In Memoriam - Ted Zelinski - Springfield, Illinois
Portrayed Surgeon, Major Augustus A.
Major Zelinski joined the regiment in September 2007. He had a long career in reenacting - over 25 years.
With the 10th Cavalry, Ted explored many Civil War
persona. He began as our surgeon, reenacting techniques of battlefield surgery that made even
grown men faint. In addition to being the Regiment's Surgeon, Ted portrayed enlisted Trooper Brown as a dismounted
soldier during reenactments. He was the regiment's field drummer as well. Ted added Flag
Signal Corps to his list and was able to demonstrate this on the battlefield - if the field was
large enough! He was also a telegraph operator, and added the Pioneers to his talents, carrying an ax to cut down
trees to build roads and bridges for the troops. Ted also recruited others for his medical staff of stewards and
Ted was an accomplished folk dancer and was especially
interested in Polish Folk dance. He was a professional percussionist and played in many local bands and
ensembles, including the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment®Band. He was responsible for
setting and keeping the cadence for the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Reenactment Procession which was a 3 mile march
from downtown Springfield to Oak Ridge Cemetery. The Procession included military participants, as well as
civilians, and a hearse drawn by 8 horses. Ted passed away on August 8, 2020. He had two daughters, Julie and
Jaime, and 6 grandchildren. Ted was our go-to man for everything Civil War. It seemed he knew everything, or
knew where to find the answers to anything we needed. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Ride Well, Ride Long, Ride Proud, Major.
In Memoriam -- Sergeant-Major Alan Kilgore -
Alan joined the Regiment in October of 2008. It all started when he found a black powder pistol
in his wife's aunt's barn. It took several months to talk his wife Carol into letting him
join. Even as a child there are pictures of him wearing a kepi on family vacations. It
just happened to be Gray back then. Alan decided to follow the tradition
set by his Great Grandfather, Martin Van Buren Joyce (8th Kentucky Union) and joined
a Union Cavalry Regiment. Alan had a passion for history, especially when it came to
the Civil War. He was a graduate of East Peoria High School.
His other interests included his sons, Daniel and Rex, their wives, and the five grandchildren,
Brit, Ericka, Jace, Camden and Liam. Alan passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Ride Well, Ride Long,
Ride Proud, Sergeant Major!