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50th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
50th 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
|Fiftieth Illinois Infantry. — Col., Moses M. Bane ;
Lieut.-Cols., William Swarthout, Thomas W. Gaines, William Hanna ; Majs.,
George W. Randall, Samuel R. Glenn, Thomas W. Gaines, William Hanna,
Horace L. Burnham. This regiment was organized at Quincy in the month of
Aug., 1861, was mustered in the U. S. service on Sept. 12, and on Oct. 9
moved to Hannibal, Mo. It took an active part in the battle of Fort
Donelson ; was engaged in the battle of Shiloh ; participated in the
siege of Corinth, and was engaged in the battle at that place in the
following October. In the spring of 1863 it moved into Alabama,
skirmishing at Bear creek, Cherokee and Newsome's farm. On April 27 it
moved toward Town creek and fought the enemy under Gen. Forrest there on
the 28th. On Jan. 1, 1864, three-fourths of the men of the regiment
reenlisted, were mustered Jan. 16, and started for Illinois on veteran
furlough. Returning to the front, it met the enemy near the Oostanaula
river on May 17, and after some fighting drove him from the field — the
regiment losing 1 man killed and 7 wounded. It participated in the
battle of Allatoona in October, and lost 87 killed, wounded and missing.
On Oct. 13 with its brigade it moved out on the Cave Spring road and met
the enemy, with 2 pieces of artillery, driving him 4 miles, and then
returned to Rome, Ga. It participated in the march to the sea, meeting
the enemy at the Little Ogeechee river, and on the Carolina campaign
fought the Confederates at Bentonville, losing 2 killed and 14 wounded.
In May, 1865, it participated in the grand review at Washington, and
camped near the Soldiers' Home. It was mustered out at Louisville on
July 13, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3