"Poundstone was a member of the 53rd Illinois Infantry, which organized in Ottawa in the winter of 1861 and 1862. A member of an established La Salle County farming family, he was 32 and single when he joined up in November of 1861."
"Within “a couple of months” the careful restoration of the flag local women created during the war should be finished in Springfield, its conservator at the Illinois State Military Museum, Alex Dixon, told The Times."
“The color guard of eight men was annihilated,” the story said. “The flag was riddled and the shaft broken by the fierce storm of shot, shell, and canister. To save the colors Poundstone was obliged to tear them from the shaft. He received a canister shot in the thigh, but he stuffed the flag into the breast of his coat. Then came a bullet through the left eye, and Poundstone lay upon the field, drenching the colors with his blood. He was found by the Confederates and taken to Jackson.”