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89th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
89th 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-ninth Infantry. Cols., John Christopher, Charles T. Hotchkiss; Lieut. -Cols., Charles T. Hotchkiss, Duncan J. Hall, William D. Williams; Majs., Duncan J. Hall, William D. Williams, Bruce H. Kidder. The "Railroad Regiment" was organized at Chicago in Aug., 1862, by the railroad companies of Illinois. It was mustered into the U. S. service on Aug. 27, was ordered to Louisville, Ky., Sept. 4, and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, Army of Kentucky. When mustered in it was composed of but nine companies, but the tenth company joined the regiment at Bowling Green, Ky. When in the service but about four months it took an active part in the memorable battle of Stone's river, where by its gallant conduct the men soon became classified among the old, tried soldiers. At Liberty gap a small loss was sustained, and at Chickamauga the regiment suffered severely. At Missionary ridge it again encountered the foe, scaling the enemy's works and driving him from them. With the brigade it participated in the splendid victories of Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Pickett's mill, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek, the flank movement of Atlanta, and pursued the routed enemy in his retreat to Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. It participated in the brilliant achievements of Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville. On June 10, 1865, the regiment was mustered out in the field, near Nashville, Tenn. In 1863, 440 recruits were added to the regiment, making a total borne on the rolls of 1,403. The regiment left in the field 202 recruits (transferred to the 59th Ill. infantry), and mustered out on its rolls 381 men, leaving 820 men killed in action, died from wounds, or discharged on account of disability contracted in the service.

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

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