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99th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
99th 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-ninth Infantry. Col., W. K. Bailey; Lieut.-Cols., Lemuel Parke, Asa C. Mathews; Majs., Edwin A. Crandall, Asa C. Mathews. This regiment was organized in Pike county, was mustered in at Florence, Pike county, Aug. 23, 1862, moved on same day to St. Louis, Mo., and on the 24th went into Benton barracks, where it received its equipments, being the first regiment out of the state under the call of 1862. It was first engaged in a skirmish at Bear creek, losing 1 killed, 4 wounded and 1 taken prisoner, and in the battle of Hartville, lost 36 killed and wounded. It crossed the Mississippi river on April 30, 1863, and after marching all night met the enemy near Port Gibson, Miss., losing 37 in killed and wounded. It started into the engagement of Champion's hill at nightfall, pursued the retreating Confederates to Edwards' station and engaged them the next morning, charged upon their works at the Black river and drove them across the river, capturing many prisoners. On May 22 it took a prominent part in the assault at Vicksburg, losing out of 300 men, 103 killed and wounded. At a critical time the regiment opened a heavy fire, drove the enemy back into his works and held him there, probably saving the whole division from stampede. The 99th lost, during the entire campaign and siege, 253 in killed, wounded and missing. During the Bayou Teche campaign the regiment was in several skirmishes, and a detachment of it was engaged in the battle of Grand Coteau. It embarked for Texas in November and remained there during the winter and the spring of 1864. It performed garrison duty on the Mississippi during the following summer and in Nov., 1864, moved to Memphis, where it was consolidated into a battalion of five companies.

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

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