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79th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
79th Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 5, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Seventy-ninth Infantry. Cols., Lyman Guinnip, Sheridan P. Read, Allen Buckner ; Lieut. -Cols., Sheridan P. Read, Henry E. Rives, Terrence Clark, William A. Low; Majs., Allen Buckner, Archibald Van Deren, Terrence Clark, William A. Low, Robert Lacy. This regiment was organized at Mattoon, and was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 28, 1862. It was ordered to Louisville, Ky., and on Sept. 13 was assigned to Cruft's brigade, Army of Kentucky. In December it moved toward Murfreesboro and at the battle of Stone's river was engaged during the four days' fighting, losing 1 officer killed, 3 wounded and 3 missing; 23 men killed, 68 wounded and 121 missing. In June it engaged the enemy at Liberty gap, losing 7 killed and 40 wounded. It crossed the Cumberland mountains, Tennessee river, Sand mountain, Lookout mountain, and went into the battle of Chickamauga, where it was engaged during the two days' fight, losing 7 officers missing, 4 men killed, 13 wounded and 97 missing. It was in the battles about Chattanooga in November and at Missionary ridge captured 2 pieces of artillery. On the Atlanta campaign it was engaged at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Lovejoy's Station, the losses being 4 officers wounded, 6 enlisted men killed and 53 wounded. At Franklin, Tenn., the regiment was engaged for 4 hours, losing out of 210 veteran soldiers, 3 officers and 80 men killed, wounded and captured. It took part in the battle of Nashville and afterward followed the retreating enemy until he crossed the Tennessee river. On June 12, 1865, the regiment was mustered out of service.

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

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