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47th Illinois Infantry Consolidated
in the American Civil War
47th Illinois Infantry
Consolidated 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 (Consolidated) Illinois Infantry. — Col., David W.
Magee; Lieut. -Col, Edward Bonham ; Majs., Edward Bonham, Royal Olmsted.
The veterans and recruits of the original organization of the 47th,
numbering 196 men, left Memphis on Sept. 2, 1864, with Gen. Mower's
expedition up the White river to Brownsville, Ark., and from there
marched north into Missouri after Gen. Price's army, which was raiding
in that state. From St. Louis the veteran detachment was ordered to
Chicago, Ill., to assist in quelling any riot that might occur on the
day of election. Their services not being required, they were ordered to
report to the superintendent of the recruiting service at Springfield,
and were stationed at Camp Butler, where on Nov. 28 it received 200
drafted men and a battalion of four full companies was organized. On
Dec. 3 the command was ordered to the field, reporting by way of St.
Louis to Gen. Rosecrans. In Jan., 1865, it moved to Nashville, thence
down the Cumberland and up the Tennessee river to Eastport, Miss., where
it rejoined its old brigade — 2nd brigade, 1st division, 16th army corps
— accompanying it to New Orleans ; thence to Mobile bay, taking part in
the reduction of Spanish Fort. While lying in front of Spanish Fort, six
additional companies arrived from Springfield, making the organization
once more complete. The regiment was mustered out, Jan. 21, 1866, at
Selma, Ala., and was ordered to Springfield, Ill., where it received
final pay and discharge.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3