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92nd Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
92nd 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       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Ninety-second Infantry. Col., Smith D. Atkins; Lieut. -Cols., Benjamin F. Sheets, Mathew Van Buskirk; Majs., John H. Bohn, Albert Woodcock. This regiment, composed of five companies from Ogle, three from Stephenson, and two from Carroll counties, was mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 4, 1862, at Rockford, where it remained in comfortable barracks drilling until Oct. 10, when it was ordered to Cincinnati, and participated in the movements that protected that city. In November the regiment was ordered to Danville, Ky., and on the way drove the rear-guard of Bragg's army out of Camp Dick Robinson, capturing 800 barrels of pork, 500 stands of small arms, and a 12-pound brass cannon. In March, 1863, it participated in the movement that drove Van Dorn south of Columbia, Tenn. In July a detachment of 200 of the regiment joined an expedition to scout the country for horses, and within four days captured 1,700 head of horses and mules and 800 colored men, who were mustered into a colored regiment, while the 92nd received horses sufficient to mount the entire regiment. In September it recrossed the mountains, crossed the Tennessee river at Bridgeport, a detail climbed up Lookout mountain on the west side by Nickajack trace, pushed the enemy off the mountain, and brought the first authentic intelligence to Gen. Rosecrans that Bragg's army had evacuated Chattanooga. On Sept. 9 the regiment led the advance, driving the enemy from Lookout mountain, and it was the first of the Federal troops to enter Chattanooga. Two days later it struck the enemy a mile north of Ringgold and was furiously assaulted by Forrest, but it held him in check until Wilder came up with the rest of the brigade, when the Confederates were pushed back through Ringgold gap. In Jan., 1864, the regiment marched with the brigade through Athens to Shoal creek to intercept a Confederate raid from the south of the Tennessee, and met the first Confederate column at Shoal creek, turning it back across the Tennessee river. Two miles further west it met the second Confederate column, and after hard fighting turned it back, killing the officer in command and capturing many prisoners, and the "orders" showing that the defeated column was to be joined by another at Athens the next morning. The brigade returned to Athens in the night in time to turn back across the Tennessee river the third Confederate column, defeating the combined Confederate movement. At daylight on April 23, the enemy attacked the 92nd's pickets, 8 miles from camp, guarding a trace over Walden's ridge. In overwhelming force the Confederates surrounded the pickets and 33 out of 62 were killed, captured or wounded. The regiment participated in all the movements of Kilpatrick's cavalry, in the long campaign that resulted in the capture of Atlanta, and covered the left of Sherman's army when it withdrew from Jonesboro. On Oct. 1 it marched with its division to uncover the movements of Hood's army, struck his rear at noon of the following day, and captured some of the Confederate infantry. In November Kilpatrick's division was reorganized, the 92nd was assigned to Atkins' brigade, and participated in all the cavalry battles on the march through Georgia and the capture of Savannah. It also participated in all the cavalry fighting on Sherman's march through the Carolinas and against Johnston's Confederate army in North Carolina until the close of the war. It was mustered out at Concord, N. C, and paid and discharged from the service at Chicago, Ill., July 10, 1865.

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

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