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99th Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War
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
|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.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3