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111th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
111th 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 Eleventh Infantry. Col., James S. Martin; Lieut.-Col., Joseph F. Black; Maj., William H. Mabry. This regiment was organized in June, 1862, and was mustered into the U. S. service at Salem on Sept. 18. The strength of the regiment at date of muster was 886 officers and enlisted men. Six of its companies were raised in Marion county, one in Clay, one in Washington, one in Clinton, and one in Wayne and Marion counties, thus making the regiment a home organization. By special order No. 211, Aug. 16, Salem was designated as the place of rendezvous and the regiment was given its numerical designation. It remained at Camp Marshall until Oct. 31 and on that day numbered 930, officers and men. Having received orders to report to Brig.-Gen. Tuttle, commanding at Cairo, the regiment broke camp on the morning of the 31st and marched 3 miles across the country to Tonti Station, on the Illinois Central railroad, thence by rail to Cairo, reported to Gen. Tuttle and went into camp on the levee in front of the city. On the following morning it embarked on transports for Columbus, Ky., where it reported to Brig.-Gen. Davies and went into camp on the bank of the river, awaiting transportation to the front. It was afterward stationed at Fort Heiman, from which place it made frequent raids into the country, capturing a large amount of Confederate property and a number of prisoners. Being transferred to Alabama in the fall of 1863, it had its first skirmish with the enemy on Nov. 5, in which it lost 2 men wounded and 5 missing. In May, 1864, it entered on the Atlanta campaign, crossed Taylor's ridge, passed Gordon's springs and entered Snake Creek gap, skirmishing with the enemy as it advanced. On May 10 it was in line of battle all day, with heavy skirmishing in its front, in which a part of the regiment participated. In the battle of Resaca the regiment lost 14 killed and 36 wounded during the two days it was engaged. On May 27 it lost 5 killed and 15 wounded, and at Kennesaw Mountain 3 killed and 18 wounded. The loss of the regiment in the fight before Atlanta on July 22 was 20 killed, 45 wounded and 80 missing, and it was also engaged in the battle of the 28th, west of Atlanta, with a loss of 10 wounded and 1 missing. It participated in the battle of Jonesboro, losing 1 killed and 7 wounded, bore a distinguished part in the march to the sea, and at the battle of Ft. McAllister lost 5 killed and 15 wounded. On Feb. 1, 1865, the regiment started on the Carolina campaign; skirmished with the enemy at the North and South Edisto rivers, losing 1 killed and 1 wounded. It was in the battle of Bentonville; after the surrender of Johnston continued the march to Washington; participated in the grand review, after which it went into camp near the city, and on June 7, 1865, was mustered out. During its term of service its losses were: Killed in battle, 46; wounded, 144; died in prison, 11; died in hospital, 93; discharged for disability, 71; total loss, 365.

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

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