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52nd Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
52nd 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
|Fifty-second Illinois Infantry. — Cols., Isaac G. Wilson, Thomas
W. Sweeny, John S. Wilcox ; Lieut.-Cols., John S. Wilcox, Edwin A.
Bowen, Jerome D. Davis; Majs., Henry Stark, Edwin A. Bowen, Wesley Boyd,
Albert C. Perry. This regiment was organized at Geneva, Kane county, in
Nov., 1861, and was mustered into the U. S. service on Nov. 19. On the
28th it moved with 945 men to St. Louis, Mo., and went into quarters at
Benton barracks. The regiment took a prominent part in the battle of
Shiloh, losing 170 in killed, wounded and missing, and it was also
engaged in the siege of Corinth. It was heavily engaged in the action at
the latter place in the following October, its loss being 70 in killed
and wounded. In December it met the enemy near Bear creek, Ala., drove
him 15 miles, and then returned to Corinth. In April, 1863, it met the
enemy at Town creek, Ala., skirmished with him on the 27th, gained
possession of the railroad bridge the next day effected a crossing and
drove him 3 miles. On Jan. 9, 1864, three-fourths of the regiment
reenlisted and it was mustered as a veteran organization. It started for
Illinois, arriving at Chicago on Jan. 17, and then proceeded to Geneva,
where it was furloughed on the 20th. During the Atlanta campaign the
regiment participated in the battles of Snake Creek gap, Resaca, Lay's
ferry, Rome cross-roads, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Nickajack creek,
Decatur, before Atlanta and at Jonesboro, and finally went into camp at
East Point. It marched with its division to Savannah, participated in
the campaign of the Carolinas, was present at the battle of Bentonville,
and arrived at Goldsboro March 24. It then marched via Richmond and
Alexandria, was in the grand review at Washington, and was mustered out
on July 5, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3