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50th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
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       View Entire Book

Regimental History
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

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