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60th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
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       View Entire Book

Regimental History
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.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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