In addition to being a Civil War soldier and prisoner, Eby was an author and an artist. He authored a book entitled, Observations of an Illinois Boy in Battle, Camp and Prisons - 1861 to 1865. It tells of his experiences in battle, camp and prisons with Company C of 7th Illinois Cavalry.
The Mendota Museum & Historical Society had this book republished in 2003. The copies sold exceeding well and MMHS will be publishing more copies of the book with the author's picture on the front cover.
The picture on the right is the only known photograph of Henry Eby. It was recently purchased, by the curator of the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, at a flea market.


The Soldier Monument
Restland Cemetery
Mendota, IL
The monument was designed by Henry Eby
The inscription reads: Erected in Memory of the
Heroes of the Rebellion
By the Women's Relief Corps
The Grand Army of the Republic
The Citizens of Mendota and vicinity

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