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in the Civil War
|Eleventh Infantry. Col., James Gilfillan; Lieut. -Col., John Ball;
Maj., Martin Maginnis. This regiment was organized during Aug. and Sept. 1864, and was
mustered in by companies at various dates. It left the state Sept. 20, was detained in
Chicago a week, and reported at Nashville, where it was detailed by companies to guard the
railroad against guerrillas. Headquarters were established at Gallatin, with Cos. E, G and
I as guard at that point, A was located at Buck lodge, B at Edgefield Junction, C at
Richland, D at Sandersville and Alexander's bridge, F and K at the tunnel, and H at
Mitchellville. The regiment passed the time of its service in that region in the somewhat
wearisome work imposed by guard, picket and patrol duty, and the life was spiced by an
occasional chase after guerrillas. A herd of 1,500 cattle, captured by a band of mounted
guerrillas, was recaptured and 2 men were killed by the guerrillas March 12, 1865, near
Gallatin. In the early summer the guerrillas surrendered to Lieut. Hall, post provost
marshal, and on June 26, the regiment started for home. It was mustered out July 11, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4