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60th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
60th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant
General of the State of Illinois, Volume 4, Revised by Brigadier General J.N.
Reece, Adjutant General, 1900
|Sixtieth Illinois Infantry. — Cols., Silas C. Toler, William B.
Anderson; Lieut.- Cols., William B. Anderson, Samuel Hess, George W.
Evans; Majs., Samuel Hess, George W. Evans, James H. McDonald. This
regiment was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna. Ill., Feb. 17, 1862, on the
22nd was ordered to Cairo, and moved to Island No. 10 on March 14. It
was in the siege of Corinth, and in pursuit of the enemy beyond
Boonville, Miss. ; was engaged in repelling the attack of Gen. Morgan on
Edgefield in November, and on Jan. 5, 1863, had a skirmish with
Wheeler's cavalry between Nashville and Murfreesboro, repulsing them. In
Nov., 1863, the regiment was assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd division,
14th army corps, and participated in the battles about Chattanooga and
the memorable march to Knoxville, Tenn. On Feb. 22, 1864, three-fourths
of the regiment were mustered as veteran volunteers, and on the 26th
took part in the reconnoissance toward Dalton, Ga., which resulted in
the battle of Buzzard Roost, losing in this battle 42 killed and
wounded. On March 6 it was ordered to Illinois on veteran furlough, and
the men were furloughed from Centralia on March 15. Returning to the
front, it entered upon the Atlanta campaign and participated in the
battles of Ringgold, Dalton, Resaca, Rome, Dallas, New Hope Church,
Kennesaw mountain, Nickajack, Peachtree creek, Atlanta and Jonesboro. It
had a skirmish with the enemy at Florence in September, driving him
across the Tennessee. It participated in the march to the sea, and
during the campaign of the Carolinas was engaged in the battles of
Averasboro and Bentonville, the latter being as severe as any in which
the regiment was engaged. At one time the regiment was surrounded on all
sides, but it behaved gallantly. It participated in the grand review at
Washington and then proceeded to Louisville, Ky., where it performed
duty as provost guard at the headquarters of the 14th army corps until
July 31, 1865, when it was mustered out and proceeded to Camp Butler,
Ill., for final payment and discharge.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3