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41st Illinois Infantry Veteran Battalion
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
41st Illinois Infantry Veteran Battalion Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 3, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Veteran Battalion (Forty-first Illinois Infantry). Maj., Robert H. McFadden. After the battalion was organized it was stationed at the base of Kennesaw mountain when Gen. Hood made his celebrated move around Gen. Sherman's army at Atlanta. The battalion had some lively skirmishing east of Kennesaw with Gen. French's division of Gen. Stewart's corps. It was present on Kennesaw mountain and witnessed the brilliant struggle at Allatoona, when Gen. Sherman sent the famous despatch to Gen. Corse to "hold the fort, I am coming," and when the equally famous despatch of Gen. Corse was received, which was in these words : "I am short a cheek-bone and an ear, but I am able to whip all hell yet." The battalion assisted in the destruction of the railroad at Atlanta and joined the main army on the march to the sea, being in the 17th army corps. At Savannah it encamped near the old French cemetery, doing guard duty at the custom house, where there were 25,000 bales of cotton. On Jan. 4, 1865, the battalion was, by order of Gen. O. O. Howard, consolidated with the 53d Ill. infantry, forming companies H and G. (For its further history see 53d infantry.)

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

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