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29th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
29th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 2, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry. Cols., James S. Rearden, Mason Brayman, Charles M. Ferrill, Loren Kent; Lieut.-Cols., James E. Dunlap, Charles M. Ferrill, Loren Kent, John A. Callicott; Majs., Mason Brayman, John A. Callicott, Elijah P. Curtis. This regiment was mustered into the U. S. service at Camp Butler, Ill., Aug. 19, 1861, for three years, and was assigned to the brigade of Brig.-Gen. John A. McClernand. Early in September it was ordered to Cairo and in October formed a part of an expedition to Bloomfield, Mo. It had its baptism of fire at the battle of Fort Donelson, in which the regiment lost 100 men, killed and wounded, of whom 30 were killed on the field. It bore a most honorable part in the battle of Shiloh, where with an effective strength of 400 men it lost 100 killed and wounded. It was constantly engaged during the siege of Corinth. On Dec. 1 it proceeded to the rear of Gen. Grant's army at Coldwater, Miss., and shortly afterward went into camp at Holly Springs, whence on Dec. 18, Lieut.-Col. Kent, with two companies (D and K) went to Jackson, Tenn., to protect that place. On Dec. 20 Col. R. C. Murphy, of the 8th Wis. volunteers, surrendered Holly Springs to the Confederate Gen. Van Dorn, and eight companies of the 29th Ill. were paroled and sent to Benton barracks, where they were kept until July, 1863, when they were exchanged and returned to duty. The two remaining companies were assigned to the western navy in Feb., 1863, where they served with distinction during the siege of Vicksburg, losing 1 officer and several men in running the batteries at Vicksburg and Grand Gulf. In Jan., 1864, the regiment reenlisted and was mustered as a veteran organization, and on July 19 received a veteran furlough. Its services took it over a wide range of country during the following winter and in March it was at Spanish Fort, where it took an active part in the siege. It then moved to Fort Blakely and was engaged in the siege of that place, supporting the charge made by the 2nd brigade, which resulted in the capture of the entire Confederate army there. The regiment lost during the campaign 26 men killed and wounded. It was afterward transferred to Texas and remained in that state until Nov. 6, 1865, when it was mustered out.

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

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