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12th Illinois Infantry (3 months)
in the American Civil War
12th Illinois Infantry (3 months) Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 1, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|Twelfth Illinois Infantry (Three Months' Service). — Col., John
McArthur; Lieut. -Col., Augustus L. Chetlain; Maj., William D. Williams.
This regiment was organized at Springfield and was ordered to Cairo,
where it formed part of the garrison, the other regiments being the 8th,
9th and 10th. During this three months' service the work of the soldier
was made up of fatigue duty, building barracks, clearing off parade
grounds, building fort defenses and the redan earthwork where the Ohio
river unites with the Mississippi, to guard the confluence of those
rivers from the possible advance of Confederate gunboats. The monotony
of this period was broken only by one incident, a march into the swamps
back of Commerce, Mo., after Jeff Thompson. The marching column was
composed of battalions from the several regiments, including one from
the 12th. The regiment was mustered out Aug. 1, 1861.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3
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