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115th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
115th 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 Fifteenth Illinois Infantry. Col., Jesse H. Moore; Lieut. -Cols., William Kinman, George A. Poteet; Majs., George A. Poteet, John W. Lapham. This regiment was ordered into the field from Camp Butler on Oct. 4, 1862. It reported to Maj.-Gen. Wright at Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 6th and, on the same day, crossed over into Kentucky, where it reported to Brig.-Gen. A. J. Smith. It was transferred to Tennessee, marched against Van Dorn during the month of March, 1863, and drove him across Duck river. It then returned to camp and remained there till June 1, occasionally skirmishing with the enemy. On June 24 it marched with the Army of the Cumberland against the Confederate army under Gen. Bragg and drove it across the Tennessee. On Sept. 19, it engaged the enemy on the extreme left upon the field of Chickamauga, losing 6 men. On the following day it engaged the enemy on Gen. Thomas' right, at 1 p. m., and after a most fearful struggle held the ground till night, half the entire command being cut down. It participated in all the engagements around Chattanooga and Missionary ridge, losing in the campaign about 245 in killed, wounded and captured. In Feb., 1864, it marched with a detachment of the Army of the Cumberland against Dalton, Ga., and spent 10 days feeling the enemy, losing 6 men in the expedition. In the spring it entered on the Atlanta campaign and on May 7 led the charge on Tunnel Hill, Ga., driving the enemy through Buzzard Roost gap. It was in battle at Resaca, stubbornly sustaining a charge upon the left flank, for which the regiment was commended in orders. It lost in that contest about 40 men. There were inscribed by orders upon the regimental banner the names of all the principal engagements of the Military division of the Mississippi, which resulted in the fall of Atlanta, and the regiment lost, during the campaign, about 100 men. When Hood started northward and was marching on Chattanooga, Co. D occupied a blockhouse at Buzzard Roost gap, and held in check Hood's army for 10 hours, refusing to surrender the gap till the blockhouse was nearly demolished and rendered untenable. One third of the company of 41 in the aggregate was killed or wounded and the remainder surrendered. The regiment took an active part in the engagements which resulted in the destruction of Bragg's old veteran army. These were its last engagements and it went into camp near Nashville, Tenn,, where it remained until mustered out on June 11, 1865.

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

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