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95th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
95th 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
Ninety-fifth Infantry. Cols., Lawrence S. Church, Thomas W. Humphrey, Leander Blanden; Lieut. -Cols., Thomas W. Humphrey, Leander Blanden, William Avery; Majs., Leander Blanden, William Avery, Charles B. Loop. This regiment was organized at Camp Fuller, Rockford, and was mustered into the U. S. service Sept. 4, 1862. It was recruited from the counties of McHenry and Boone, three companies from the latter and seven from the former. It moved from camp on Nov. 4, proceeded via Cairo and Columbus to Jackson, Tenn., and afterward to Grand Junction, where it was assigned to Gen. McArthur's division, Army of the Tennessee. It held an important position in its brigade during the charge of May 19 on the works at Vicksburg and lost in the engagement 7 killed and 54 wounded. During the assault of May 22 it gained an advanced position on the crest of the ridge near the enemy's works and encountered one of the most sweeping and destructive fires to which troops were ever exposed. The total loss to the regiment in these two charges, was 25 killed, 124 wounded and 10 missing. It was engaged in the capture of Fort De Russy and in the battles of Old River, Cloutierville, Mansura, Yellow bayou and all the movements of the Red River expedition, fighting a portion of the time in the battle of Yellow bayou under one of the severest fires of artillery it ever experienced in a field fight. It was in the thickest of the fray at Guntown and fought with undaunted bravery. Finally both flanks of the regiment were turned by overpowering numbers of the enemy and it was obliged to fall back or suffer entire capture. In this engagement the 95th was nearly annihilated and on this account it was given a few weeks' rest on its return to Memphis. It took part in the battle of Nashville and in the pursuit of Hood's defeated army to the Tennessee river. During the summer of 1864 a detachment of the regiment, 100 men, participated in the battles of Kennesaw mountain, Chattahoochee river, Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station.

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

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