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119th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
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       View Entire Book

Regimental History
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

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