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79th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
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
|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.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3