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105th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

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105th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 5, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Fifth Illinois Infantry. Col., Daniel Dustin; Lieut- Cols., Henry F. Vallette, Everell F. Dutton; Majs., Everell F. Dutton, Henry D. Brown. This regiment was mustered into the U. S. service at Dixon Sept. 2, 1862; moved on the 8th to Camp Douglas; left that place on the 30th for Louisville, Ky., where it arrived on Oct. 2, reported to Gen. Dumont and was attached to his division with Brig.-Gen. W. T. Ward's brigade. It was for a time engaged in guard and picket duty, with occasional slight skirmishing, and did not experience much of the stern realities of warfare until the opening of the Atlanta campaign. On May 13, 1864, it moved in the direction of Resaca, Ga., skirmishing that evening and the next day, and on the 15th took part in a charge upon the enemy's works, which were carried, the regiment losing several men in the engagement. On the 19th, being in the advance, it skirmished with the rear-guard of the enemy, driving him at every point, and on the 25th continued its march towards Dallas, encountering the enemy, and having a brisk engagement until dark, the casualties numbering 15, including 2 commissioned officers. From then until June 1 the regiment was engaged in advancing the line, building and strengthening the works and skirmishing, losing 16 men. After the surrender of Atlanta the regiment remained in the vicinity until Nov. 15, when it accompanied the expedition to the sea, bearing its full share of the trials and hardships incident thereto. In Jan., 1865, it moved northward on the Carolina campaign, but nothing of interest occurred until Feb. 2, when the regiment, being in advance, encountered the enemy near Lawtonville strongly posted behind barricades. It immediately charged, driving the enemy from his position and through the town, losing 8 men in the engagement. It also participated in the battle of Averasboro, losing 6 killed and 16 wounded, and took part in the engagement near Bentonville. After the surrender of Johnston the regiment continued its journey to Washington, took part in the grand review, and was mustered out on June 7, 1865.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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