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98th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
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       View Entire Book

Regimental History
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.

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

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