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89th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
89th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 5, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|Eighty-ninth Infantry. — Cols., John Christopher,
Charles T. Hotchkiss; Lieut. -Cols., Charles T. Hotchkiss, Duncan J.
Hall, William D. Williams; Majs., Duncan J. Hall, William D. Williams,
Bruce H. Kidder. The "Railroad Regiment" was organized at Chicago in
Aug., 1862, by the railroad companies of Illinois. It was mustered into
the U. S. service on Aug. 27, was ordered to Louisville, Ky., Sept. 4,
and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, Army of Kentucky. When
mustered in it was composed of but nine companies, but the tenth company
joined the regiment at Bowling Green, Ky. When in the service but about
four months it took an active part in the memorable battle of Stone's
river, where by its gallant conduct the men soon became classified among
the old, tried soldiers. At Liberty gap a small loss was sustained, and
at Chickamauga the regiment suffered severely. At Missionary ridge it
again encountered the foe, scaling the enemy's works and driving him
from them. With the brigade it participated in the splendid victories of
Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Pickett's mill, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree
creek, the flank movement of Atlanta, and pursued the routed enemy in
his retreat to Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. It participated in the
brilliant achievements of Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.
On June 10, 1865, the regiment was mustered out in the field, near
Nashville, Tenn. In 1863, 440 recruits were added to the regiment,
making a total borne on the rolls of 1,403. The regiment left in the
field 202 recruits (transferred to the 59th Ill. infantry), and mustered
out on its rolls 381 men, leaving 820 men killed in action, died from
wounds, or discharged on account of disability contracted in the
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3