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124th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
124th 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 Twenty-fourth Illinois Infantry. Col., Thomas J. Sloan; Lieut. -Cols., John H. Howe, Adin Mann; Majs., Rufus P. Pattison, Adin Mann. This regiment was a representative, self-raised regiment, recruited from Henry, Kane, McDonough, Sangamon, Jersey, Adams, Wayne, Cook, Putnam, Pike, Mercer and Christian counties. On Aug. 27, 1862, the first company went into camp at Camp Butler, near Springfield, and six days later all were in camp and the field officers chosen. On Sept. 10 it was mustered into the U. S. service for three years and on Oct. 6 left for the front, arriving at Jackson, Tenn., on the 9th. On May 1, after a rapid march of about 12 miles, it received its baptism of fire in the battle of Port Gibson. It bore an important part in the battle of Raymond, was also at the capture of Jackson, and did noble service at the battle of Champion's hill, capturing more men from the 43d Ga. than its own ranks numbered. It also killed most of the men and horses of a battery, and captured the guns. The loss of the regiment in this action was 63 killed and wounded. It was in the fearful charge at Vicksburg on May 22 and occupied the extreme advance position gained that day during the whole of the siege. At the mine explosion on June 25 the regiment lost 49 men in killed and wounded in what was called the "slaughter pen," being ordered into the crater formed by the explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all day of the 26th. After a stay in Vicksburg and vicinity of nearly two years, it was transferred in the spring of 1865 to the Department of the Gulf and participated in the siege and capture of Mobile. On Aug. 16, 1865, eleven days less than three years since the first company went into camp at Springfield, the regiment was mustered out at Camp Douglas. One officer alone was killed in the service, and he was sitting in his tent off duty when struck at the siege of Vicksburg. Two others resigned from wounds and 2 died. Twenty men were killed in action, 29 died from wounds, 5 were captured when detailed on a scout, 4 of whom did not live to return, and 137 men died of disease.

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

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