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147th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

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147th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 7, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry. Col., Hiram F. Sickles; Lieut. -Cols., Werner W. Burg, Giles H. Bush; Majs., Giles H. Bush, Frank Clendenin. This regiment was organized at Camp Fry, Chicago, and mustered into the U. S. service Feb. 18 and 19, 1865, for one year. It was the first of ten regiments raised under the call of Dec. 19, 1864, and was recruited as follows: Co. A from Winnebago county, B from Whiteside county, C from Kendall and LaSalle counties, D from Cook county, E from Stephenson county, F from DeKalb county, G from Whiteside, Lee and Ogle counties, H from LaSalle county, I from Lake county, and K from Kankakee county. On Feb. 21 the regiment moved via Louisville, Ky., to Nashville, Tenn., arriving on the 25th. Thence it removed to East Tennessee and on March 14 Maj. Bush, with about 125 men, went on an expedition to Mill creek, on the Cleveland road, and broke up a nest of guerrillas, having several skirmishes with them, 1 man of the regiment being wounded. On the 20th the same officer with seven companies of the regiment went to Spring Place, Ga., to break up guerrilla bands and protect Union men and their families. While en route skirmishing took place between Federal scouts and guerrillas, 1 man on each side being wounded. On the following day a skirmish was had in which 2 men of the regiment were wounded, 1 of whom died as a result of his injury. On April 3 another skirmish occurred with a wandering band of the enemy and 2 of the regiment were wounded. The regiment did garrison duty in Georgia until Jan. 20, 1866, when it was mustered out of service.

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

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