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35th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
35th 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-fifth Illinois Infantry. Cols., Gustavus A. Smith, William P. Chandler; Lieut. -Col., William P. Chandler; Maj., John McIlwain. This regiment was organized at Decatur on July 3, 1861, when its services were tendered to the president. On the 23d it was accepted by the secretary of war as "Col. G. A. Smith's Independent Regiment of Illinois Volunteers." On Aug. 4 it left Decatur and arrived at Jefferson barracks, Mo., the following day. It remained there one week, was then ordered to Marine hospital, St. Louis, and there eight companies were mustered into the U. S. service with an aggregate strength of 793. It first experienced the realities of war in Feb., 1862, when it followed Price's retreating army, skirmishing with the Confederates nearly every day. In the battle of Pea Ridge the regiment lost 15 killed, 45 wounded and 55 prisoners, of whom 15 were wounded. In May it moved to Farmington, Miss., and took part in the siege of Corinth until the evacuation of that place. In October it was at the battle of Perryville and skirmished with the Confederate left, but with no loss. It was in the battle of Stone's river, sustaining losses as follows: Killed, 1 commissioned officer and 10 men; wounded, 1 com- missioned officer and 44 men ; missing, 21 men ; captured and paroled, 4 men; wounded and paroled, 5 men; total, 2 commissioned officers and 84 men. It went into action with 20 commissioned officers and 419 men. In Aug., 1863, with Heg's brigade, it crossed the Tennessee river on pontoons and drove the Confederate pickets back while the bridge was being laid, being the first infantry on the south side of the Tennessee river. It participated in the battle of Chickamauga, losing 18 killed, 130 wounded and 12 missing. It went into action with 18 commissioned officers and 281 enlisted men. It was in the assault on the Confederate rifle-pits in front of Missionary ridge, and two days later was in the storming and capture of the ridge. The flag of the regiment was carried in advance of the men to within 20 steps of the Confederate works on the crest and then was carried by the lieutenant-colonel into the works, followed by the men. None were in earlier and the enemy's line was broken in many places nearly at that moment. The losses sustained by the regiment here were 6 killed and 48 wounded. It went into the action with 212 officers and men. It was in the Atlanta campaign from May 7 to Aug. 26, and lost during that time 13 killed, 105 wounded and 6 missing. Most of the losses occurred at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Mud creek, and Kennesaw mountain. The regiment went into camp at Chattanooga on Aug. 27, and remained there until the 31st, when it started for Springfield, Ill., to be mustered out of service, the latter event taking place on Sept. 27, 1864.

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

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