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47th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
47th 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-seventh Illinois Infantry. Cols., John Bryner, William A. Thrush, John N. Cromwell, John D. McClure; Lieut.-Cols., Daniel L. Miles, William A. Thrush, Samuel R. Baker; Majs., William A. Thrush, John N. Cromwell, Rush W. Chambers, John D. McClure, John B. Miles. This regiment was organized and mustered into the U. S. service at Peoria, Ill, Aug. 16, 1861. On Sept. 23 it moved by rail from Peoria to St. Louis, Mo., going into quarters at Benton barracks near the city, where it was clothed and armed complete. On May 9, 1862, it had its baptism of fire, at Farmington, Miss., and on May 28 it participated in an engagement near Corinth. It participated in the battle of Iuka in September, where the army under Gen. Rosecrans defeated the enemy's forces under Gen. Sterling Price, and it also took part in the battle of Corinth, Oct. 3 and 4. The regiment lost in the latter engagement 30 killed and over 100 wounded. On May 2, 1863, it marched with the army down the west side of the Mississippi river, crossing it at Grand Gulf, and with the 15th army corps marched to Jackson, Miss., where it participated in the engagement which resulted in the capture of that city. The regiment participated in the first charge on the enemy's works at Vicksburg, losing 12 men killed and quite a number wounded, and on June 4 it participated with the brigade in the defeat of a Confederate force at Mechanicsville, Miss., 30 miles from Vicksburg, near the Yazoo river. It was present at the capture of Fort De Russy, La., in March, 1864, and participated in the battle of Pleasant Hill in April. On June 5 it moved up the river to Lake Chicot, disembarked, moved inland and came in contact with a force of the enemy under Gen. Marmaduke, which was defeated and completely routed. The regiment lost in this engagement 11 men killed and quite a number wounded. The term of service expiring, the regiment was mustered out and finally discharged on Oct. 11, 1864.

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

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