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33rd Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
33rd 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
Thirty-third Illinois Infantry. Cols., Charles E. Hovey, Charles E. Lippincott, Isaac H. Elliott; Lieut.-Cols., William R. Lockwood, Charles E. Lippincott, Edward R. Roe, Leander H. Potter, Isaac H. Elliott, Henry H. Pope; Majs., Edward R. Roe, Leander H. Potter, Isaac H. Elliott, Henry H. Pope, Elijah H. Gray. This regiment was organized at Camp Butler, in Sept., 1861, where it was mustered into the U. S. service and on Sept. 20 moved to Ironton, Mo., via St. Louis. It had its first introduction to actual warfare at the battle of Fredericktown, where Co. A was on the skirmish line. In July, 1862, at Cache bayou, Ark., several companies participated in a battle with Texas rangers, in which Co. A rescued and brought off a field piece belonging to the Federal cavalry. Attached to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 13th army corps, in the spring of 1863, it participated in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's hill, Black River bridge, the assaults upon and siege of Vicksburg, and the siege of Jackson. On May 1 it opened the fight on both the right and the left of the field, and four companies of the regiment, deployed as skirmishers on the left, developed the position of the enemy and drew an artillery fire, holding the position until relieved by Gen. Osterhaus' division. At Black River bridge the regiment led the advance, being mostly deployed as skirmishers, and was soon engaged with the Confederate works in front of the bridge and trestle. Seventeen pieces of artillery were taken, 14 of them being first seized by men of the 33d Ill. On June 1 a careful compilation of losses since crossing the river showed 19 of the regiment killed in action and 102 wounded, of whom 10 had already died in hospital. In October, with the brigade of Col. Shunk, Maj.-Gen. C. C. Washburne's division, and Maj.-Gen. E. O. C. Ord's corps, it engaged in the campaign up the Bayou Teche, and being then ordered to Texas it disembarked on St. Joseph island, marched to Saluria and participated in the capture of Fort Esperanza. In Jan., 1864, the regiment reenlisted as veterans and in March reached Bloomington, Ill., where the men received their veteran furlough. Returning to the front, it operated in Louisiana during the greater part of the time until March, 1865, when it arrived in front of Spanish Fort, the main defense of Mobile, and was actively engaged until the capture thereof, losing 1 killed, 2 died of wounds and 9 were wounded. It then moved to Vicksburg and remained at that place until mustered out on Nov. 24, 1865, when it was ordered to Camp Butler, Ill., for final payment and discharge. From first to last about 1,924 names were borne on its muster rolls.

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

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