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48th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
48th 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-eighth Illinois Infantry. — Cols., Isham N. Haynie,
William W. Sanford, Lucien Greathouse, Thomas L. B. Weems ; Lieut.
-Cols., Thomas H. Smith, William W. Sanford, Lucien Greathouse, Ashley
T. Galbraith, Thomas L. B. Weems, John W. Ingersoll; Majs., William W.
Sanford, Manning Mayfield, Lucien Greathouse, William J. Stephenson,
Ashley T. Galbraith, Edward Adams, John W. Ingersoll. This regiment was
organized at Camp Butler, in the month of Sept., 1861, left for Cairo
900 strong on Nov. 11, and, after its arrival there, constructed
barracks for winter quarters. In Jan., 1862, it was engaged in the
reconnoissance in the rear of Columbus, Ky., under Gen. Grant. At Fort
Donelson, in connection with the 17th and 49th Ill., it charged the
enemy's works, but was repulsed with a severe loss, and was under fire
during the following day, losing a few men wounded. During the third and
last day of the battle it was fiercely engaged and lost 40 in killed and
wounded. It was engaged in the battle of Shiloh, bearing its full part
and losing over half of its men in killed and wounded. It was in the
siege of Corinth in May, 1862, in June was ordered to Bethel as garrison
of that post and remained there until 1863. It moved to Memphis in June
of the latter year and from thence to Vicksburg, where it participated
in the operations in the rear of that place, and at Snyder's bluff. It
advanced with Gen. Sherman's force against Jackson, participated in the
siege and in the charge of July 16, losing 45 men killed and wounded.
Being transferred to eastern Tennessee it took part in the battle of
Missionary ridge and then followed the retreating enemy to Ringgold.
Taking part in the Knoxville expedition for the relief of Gen. Burnside,
it arrived at Scottsboro, Ala., on Jan. 1, 1864, and although not yet
recovered from their severe campaign, over nine-tenths of the men
present reenlisted as veterans. The regiment arrived at Springfield,
Ill., on veteran furlough, Jan. 27, and rendezvoused at Centralia.
Returning to the field, it participated in the Atlanta campaign, marched
with Sherman to the sea and up through the Carolinas, thence to
Washington, D. C. and thence to Louisville, Ky. From the latter place it
moved to Little Rock, Ark., and was mustered out there on Aug. 15, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3