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47th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
47th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 3, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry. — Cols., John Bryner, William
A. Thrush, John N. Cromwell, John D. McClure; Lieut.-Cols., Daniel L.
Miles, William A. Thrush, Samuel R. Baker; Majs., William A. Thrush,
John N. Cromwell, Rush W. Chambers, John D. McClure, John B. Miles. This
regiment was organized and mustered into the U. S. service at Peoria,
Ill, Aug. 16, 1861. On Sept. 23 it moved by rail from Peoria to St.
Louis, Mo., going into quarters at Benton barracks near the city, where
it was clothed and armed complete. On May 9, 1862, it had its baptism of
fire, at Farmington, Miss., and on May 28 it participated in an
engagement near Corinth. It participated in the battle of Iuka in
September, where the army under Gen. Rosecrans defeated the enemy's
forces under Gen. Sterling Price, and it also took part in the battle of
Corinth, Oct. 3 and 4. The regiment lost in the latter engagement 30
killed and over 100 wounded. On May 2, 1863, it marched with the army
down the west side of the Mississippi river, crossing it at Grand Gulf,
and with the 15th army corps marched to Jackson, Miss., where it
participated in the engagement which resulted in the capture of that
city. The regiment participated in the first charge on the enemy's works
at Vicksburg, losing 12 men killed and quite a number wounded, and on
June 4 it participated with the brigade in the defeat of a Confederate
force at Mechanicsville, Miss., 30 miles from Vicksburg, near the Yazoo
river. It was present at the capture of Fort De Russy, La., in March,
1864, and participated in the battle of Pleasant Hill in April. On June
5 it moved up the river to Lake Chicot, disembarked, moved inland and
came in contact with a force of the enemy under Gen. Marmaduke, which
was defeated and completely routed. The regiment lost in this engagement
11 men killed and quite a number wounded. The term of service expiring,
the regiment was mustered out and finally discharged on Oct. 11, 1864.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3