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52nd Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
52nd 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
Fifty-second Illinois Infantry. Cols., Isaac G. Wilson, Thomas W. Sweeny, John S. Wilcox ; Lieut.-Cols., John S. Wilcox, Edwin A. Bowen, Jerome D. Davis; Majs., Henry Stark, Edwin A. Bowen, Wesley Boyd, Albert C. Perry. This regiment was organized at Geneva, Kane county, in Nov., 1861, and was mustered into the U. S. service on Nov. 19. On the 28th it moved with 945 men to St. Louis, Mo., and went into quarters at Benton barracks. The regiment took a prominent part in the battle of Shiloh, losing 170 in killed, wounded and missing, and it was also engaged in the siege of Corinth. It was heavily engaged in the action at the latter place in the following October, its loss being 70 in killed and wounded. In December it met the enemy near Bear creek, Ala., drove him 15 miles, and then returned to Corinth. In April, 1863, it met the enemy at Town creek, Ala., skirmished with him on the 27th, gained possession of the railroad bridge the next day effected a crossing and drove him 3 miles. On Jan. 9, 1864, three-fourths of the regiment reenlisted and it was mustered as a veteran organization. It started for Illinois, arriving at Chicago on Jan. 17, and then proceeded to Geneva, where it was furloughed on the 20th. During the Atlanta campaign the regiment participated in the battles of Snake Creek gap, Resaca, Lay's ferry, Rome cross-roads, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Nickajack creek, Decatur, before Atlanta and at Jonesboro, and finally went into camp at East Point. It marched with its division to Savannah, participated in the campaign of the Carolinas, was present at the battle of Bentonville, and arrived at Goldsboro March 24. It then marched via Richmond and Alexandria, was in the grand review at Washington, and was mustered out on July 5, 1865.

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

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