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117th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
117th 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
|One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Infantry. — Col., Risden M.
Moore; Lieut. -Col., Jonathan Merriam; Majs., Thomas J. Newsham, Robert
McWilliams, William P. Olden. This regiment was organized at Camp Butler
and was mustered in Sept. 19, 1862. It moved from Camp Butler on Nov. 11
and arrived at Memphis, Tenn., on the 17th. Its first participation in
actual hostilities was in Dec, 1863, when it was sent after Forrest in
western Tennessee, and lost 3 men killed in a skirmish at LaFayette. On
Feb. 5, 1864, it was again engaged in a skirmish, losing 2 killed and 5
wounded. On the Red River expedition it assisted in the capture of Fort
De Russy and was engaged in the battle of Pleasant Hill. On April 14 it
was sent to the relief of the gunboats and transports at Campti, La.,
being engaged at Cloutierville, Cane river, Bayou Rapides, Moore's
plantation and Bayou Robert. It then continued on the return march to
the Mississippi river, skirmishing daily. It participated in the battle
of Yellow bayou, arrived at the Mississippi river on May 20, and at
Vicksburg on the 27th. It took part in driving Marmaduke from Lake
Chicot and Columbia, Ark.; arrived at Memphis on June 10; was engaged at
Tupelo and at Old Town creek in July; at Hurricane creek in August; and
returned to Memphis on Aug. 30. It was engaged at Franklin, and
participated in the battle at Nashville, capturing a Confederate battery
on the first day of the fight and turning the guns upon the retreating
enemy. It then moved south and was engaged at Spanish Fort from March 27
till April 2, and at Fort Blakely until the 9th, taking part in its
capture. It then marched to Montgomery, and then returned to Camp
Butler, where it was mustered out on Aug. 5, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3