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41st Illinois Infantry Veteran Battalion
in the American Civil War
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
|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.)
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3