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124th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
124th 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 Twenty-fourth Illinois Infantry. — Col., Thomas
J. Sloan; Lieut. -Cols., John H. Howe, Adin Mann; Majs., Rufus P.
Pattison, Adin Mann. This regiment was a representative, self-raised
regiment, recruited from Henry, Kane, McDonough, Sangamon, Jersey,
Adams, Wayne, Cook, Putnam, Pike, Mercer and Christian counties. On Aug.
27, 1862, the first company went into camp at Camp Butler, near
Springfield, and six days later all were in camp and the field officers
chosen. On Sept. 10 it was mustered into the U. S. service for three
years and on Oct. 6 left for the front, arriving at Jackson, Tenn., on
the 9th. On May 1, after a rapid march of about 12 miles, it received
its baptism of fire in the battle of Port Gibson. It bore an important
part in the battle of Raymond, was also at the capture of Jackson, and
did noble service at the battle of Champion's hill, capturing more men
from the 43d Ga. than its own ranks numbered. It also killed most of the
men and horses of a battery, and captured the guns. The loss of the
regiment in this action was 63 killed and wounded. It was in the fearful
charge at Vicksburg on May 22 and occupied the extreme advance position
gained that day during the whole of the siege. At the mine explosion on
June 25 the regiment lost 49 men in killed and wounded in what was
called the "slaughter pen," being ordered into the crater formed by the
explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all day of the
26th. After a stay in Vicksburg and vicinity of nearly two years, it was
transferred in the spring of 1865 to the Department of the Gulf and
participated in the siege and capture of Mobile. On Aug. 16, 1865,
eleven days less than three years since the first company went into camp
at Springfield, the regiment was mustered out at Camp Douglas. One
officer alone was killed in the service, and he was sitting in his tent
off duty when struck at the siege of Vicksburg. Two others resigned from
wounds and 2 died. Twenty men were killed in action, 29 died from
wounds, 5 were captured when detailed on a scout, 4 of whom did not live
to return, and 137 men died of disease.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3