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15th Illinois Infantry Veteran Battalion
in the American Civil War
and 15th Illinois Infantry Veteran Battalion Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 1, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|Veteran Battalion, 14th and 15th Illinois Infantry. — Col.,
George C. Rogers; Lieut.-Col., Lemuel O. Gilman; Majs., Rufus C.
McEathron, Carlos C. Cox. This battalion was detailed to guard railroad
communications at and near Acworth, Ga., a most important and dangerous
duty, as it was the only route by which Gen. Sherman could supply his
immense army with subsistence, etc. In the month of Oct., 1864, when the
Confederate Gen. Hood made his demonstration against Sherman's rear,
several of the battalion were killed and the major part of the remainder
captured and sent to Andersonville prison. Those who escaped capture
were mounted and on the grand March to the Sea acted as scouts. They
were continually in the advance, being the first to drive the
Confederate pickets into Savannah. During the long and weary march
through the Carolinas, the battalion was on duty day and night,
constantly in the presence of the enemy, and gaining notoriety as
skirmishers. It was the first to enter Cheraw, S. C, Fayetteville, N. C,
and also took part in the battle of Bentonville. At Goldsboro, N. C, the
battalion organization was discontinued, a sufficient number of
organized companies of recruits having arrived by way of New York and
Morehead City, N. C, to fill up the two regiments.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3
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