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88th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
88th 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
Eighty-eighth Infantry. Col., Francis T. Sherman; Lieut. -Cols., Alexander S. Chadbourne, George W. Chandler, George W. Smith; Majs., George W. Chandler, George W. Smith, Levi P. Holden. This regiment was organized at Chicago in Sept., 1862, and was known as the "Second Board of Trade Regiment." It was mustered in Sept. 4, was ordered to Louisville, Ky., on the same date, and went into camp below Jeffersonville. It was engaged in the battle of Perryville, losing 4 killed, 5 mortally and 36 slightly wounded. Its next engagement was at Stone's river and it also participated in the battle of Chickamauga. It formed part of the assaulting column upon the left center of the enemy's position at the battle of Missionary ridge and was among the first to place its colors upon the enemy's works. It was with the 4th corps throughout the whole of the Atlanta campaign, up to and including the capture of Atlanta. It fought at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, New Hope Church, Pine mountain, Mud creek, Kennesaw mountain, Smyrna camp ground, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. Moving then to Tennessee, it was engaged in skirmishes at Columbia and Spring Hill, and in the battle of Franklin was upon the right center, the main point of the enemy's attack. It was also engaged in the battle of Nashville. Its losses in the engagements in which it participated aggregate two-thirds of its number, and its conduct in every battle was such as to merit and receive the commendation of its brigade, division and corps commanders. The regiment was mustered out June 9, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn., and arrived at Chicago on June 13, where it received final pay and discharge June 22.

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

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