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108th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
108th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 6, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Eighth Infantry. Cols., John Warner, Charles Turner; Lieut. -Cols., Charles Turner, Reuben L. Sidwell, William R. Lackland; Majs., Reuben L. Sidwell, William R. Lackland. This regiment was organized at Peoria and was mustered into the U. S. service on Aug. 28, 1862. It remained in camp at Peoria until Oct. 6, when it proceeded by rail to Covington, Ky. On its arrival there it reported to Maj.-Gen. Gordon Granger and was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, Army of Kentucky. Its first real engagement was at Arkansas Post, where it displayed remarkable coolness and courage and suffered a loss of 13 men wounded, none mortally. It next participated in the battle of Port Gibson and then bore a conspicuous part in the bloody battle of Champion's hill, where it was highly praised for its valor by its commanders. At the battle of Brice's cross-roads the regiment did its part bravely and well, being the last to leave the field and then not until it had expended its last cartridge and found it impossible to obtain a fresh supply. Its casualties were 2 killed, 5 wounded and 107 missing. In the spring of 1865 it was sent south and participated in the siege and capture of Spanish Fort, the casualties of the regiment during the siege and final assault being extremely light 3 killed and 11 wounded. On Aug. 5, 1865, the final rolls were signed by the mustering officer and the regiment embarked for Cairo, Ill., from thence it proceeded by rail to Chicago, where on Aug. 11 it was paid and finally discharged.

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

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