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46th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
46th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 3, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry. Cols., John A. Davis, Benjamm Dornblaser; Lieut.-Cols., William O. Jones, John J. Jones; Majs., Frederick A. Starring, Benjamin Dornblaser, John M. McCracken, Joseph Clingman. This regiment was organized at Camp Butler, Dec. 28, 1861, and was ordered to Cairo, Feb. 11, 1862. From there it proceeded, via the Cumberland river, to Fort Donelson, Tenn., arriving on the 14th, and was assigned to the command of Gen. Lew. Wallace. On the 15th it lost 1 man killed and 2 wounded. In the battle of Shiloh the regiment took a conspicuous and honorable part, losing over half of its officers and men in killed and wounded and receiving the thanks of the commanding generals. It was also engaged in the siege of Corinth during the month of May, and in the following October met the enemy at Metamora. In May, 1863, it entered upon the Vicksburg campaign and on the night of the 25th, while detailed on picket duty, the outpost, consisting of five companies of the regiment, was captured by the enemy. One hundred and four men and 7 officers were thus captured, 70 escaping. The remainder of the regiment took an active part in the siege of Vicksburg, and then was engaged in the siege of Jackson until the enemy evacuated that city, when the regiment returned to Vicksburg. On Jan. 4, 1864, it was mustered as a veteran regiment, and on the 12th started north on a veteran furlough. During the month of February the officers of the regiment were engaged in recruiting it, and one new company raised at Freeport was attached to the regiment as Co. D. Returning to the field, it participated in the Jackson expedition in July, losing 3 killed, 36 wounded, 1 captured and 3 missing. The remainder of its term of service was devoted to guard duty, etc., in the Gulf states. On Jan. 20, 1866, it was mustered out at Baton Rouge and started for Springfield, Ill., arriving there on the 27th, and on Feb. 1 the regiment was finally paid and discharged.

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

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