|If this website has been useful to you, please consider
making a Donation.
Your support will help keep this website free for everyone, and will allow us to do
more research. Thank you for your support!
98th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
98th 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
|Ninety-eighth Infantry. — Col., John J. Funkhouser;
Lieut.-Col., Edward Kitchell; Majs., William B. Cooper, David D.
Marquis. This regiment was organized at Centralia and was mustered in
Sept. 3, 1862. On Sept. 8 it was ordered to Louisville, Ky., and at
Bridgeport, Ill., while en route, the train was thrown from the track by
a misplaced switch, with the result that 8 men were killed and 75
wounded. On the 9th the regiment moved to Camp Jo Holt, at
Jeffersonville, Ind. It was mounted in the spring of 1863 and assigned
to duty in Tennessee, where on May 23 it made a reconnoissance to the
front, driving in the enemy's pickets, killing 2 and wounding 4. On June
4 it moved out on the Liberty road and attacked the 1st Ky. and 11th
Tex. Confederate cavalry, capturing 20 prisoners and 5 wagons. On the
10th it attacked the enemy at Liberty, driving his rear-guard of 150 men
to Snow hill. In June it came upon the enemy at Hoover's gap, repulsing
him, the regiment losing 1 man killed and 5 wounded. From June 24 to 28
it moved as the flank of the 4th division, cutting the railroad at
Decherd and driving the enemy from the stockades. It did good service in
the battle of Chickamauga and lost 5 killed and 36 wounded. On Oct. 3
the 98th Ill. and 17th Ind. attacked a brigade of the enemy — his
rear-guard — and defeated it, killing or wounding 15 or 20 of the enemy.
On Dec. 1 the regiment, numbering 150 men, took the advance of Sherman's
army, driving the enemy to Loudon, and the next day forded the Little
Tennessee and moved to Knoxville. On Dec. 28 it had a skirmish with
Wheeler's cavalry, driving them some distance and capturing the
inspector-general of Kelly's Confederate division. On May 23, 1864, the
regiment crossed the Etowah river and moved towards Van Wert. Within 2
miles of Dallas it met the enemy and drove him to Dallas. It skirmished
with the enemy on the 25th and moved toward Powder springs. On May 28 it
took position on McPherson's right, dismounted and repulsed a charge of
the enemy, and on the 29th moved to Burnt Hickory. At Noonday creek it
skirmished with the enemy, then marched through Marietta and skirmished
heavily, and on July 5 moved toward Roswell factory, drove the enemy's
pickets from the Chattahoochee and took possession of the factory on the
9th. In April, 1865, the regiment participated in the capture of Selma,
Ala., going into the action with 172 men and losing 9 killed and 2
mortally wounded, 6 officers and 21 men wounded. It was mustered out on
June 27, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3