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119th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
119th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 6, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois Infantry. — Col., Thomas J.
Kinney; Lieut. -Col., Samuel E. Taylor; Majs., William H. Watson, Peyton
C. Smith. This regiment was organized at Quincy, and was mustered into
the U. S. service Oct. 10, 1862. It was recruited from the counties of
Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler. The latter part of
October it moved under orders by transport to Columbus, Ky., and from
thence to Jackson, Tenn. In December Gen. Forrest made an effort to
destroy the roads in that section, captured Co. G at Rutherford Station,
and K at Dyer Station. The regiment remained on duty in Tennessee, in
and around Memphis, until Jan., 1864, when it marched with quite an army
to Meridian, Miss. En route and before reaching Jackson, Miss., it was
engaged in several skirmishes, but without regimental loss. It also met
and routed the enemy at Meridian. In March it entered upon the Red River
campaign and with the assistance of the gunboats captured Fort De Russy
with 319 prisoners and 10 guns. It then joined in the general advance to
Shreveport, was called upon to engage in the second day's fight, and
assisted in routing the enemy, retaking one of the lost batteries and a
number of prisoners. At Mansura a skirmish ensued which resulted in the
rout of the enemy, and at Yellow bayou a desperate fight occurred, the
regiment doing valiant service and losing many men. It was then ordered
up the Mississippi, landed in the southeastern part of Arkansas, and at
Lake Chicot successfully engaged a Confederate force. It continued up
the river to Memphis and in July met Forrest in battle at Tupelo, Miss.
In the battle of Nashville the following December, the regiment
acquitted itself honorably, met with but slight loss, and captured a
battery of brass guns. Being transferred again to the south it
participated in the campaign against Mobile and took a prominent part in
the final charge on Fort Blakely. The regiment was mustered out at
Mobile in Aug., 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3