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Lt. George W. Bryans, 61st Illinois Infantry CDV

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A waist up image of Lieutenant George W. Bryans of the 61st Illinois Infantry.  Bryans enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1862.  He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in June 1863 and resigned in January 1865.  Written in period ink on the bottom of the front card is "Geo. W. Bryans - 61st Ill.".  The backmark is "From Brown's Gallery, corner of Main & Markham streets, Little Rock, ARK.".

The Sixty-first Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Carrollton, Illinois, by Colonel Jacob Fry. Three full companies were mustered February 5, 1862. February 21, the Regiment, being still incomplete, moved to Benton Barracks, Missouri. Here a sufficient number of recruits joined to make nine full companies.

March 26, 1862, embarked for Pittsburg Landing. On arriving, March 30, were assigned to Brigade of Colonel Madison Miller, Eighteenth Missouri, Division of Brigadier General B. M. Prentiss.

April 6, 400 men were formed in line, in time to receive the first assault of the enemy, and stood their ground for an hour and a quarter, and until every other Regiment in the division had given way, and were then ordered to fall back. Upon retiring from this position, the Regiment was complimented by General Prentiss for its gallant stand. It was then ordered to support a battery of the first Missouri Artillery, and at one o'clock P. M. ordered to the support of General Hurlbut--coming to his support at a very critical moment, and maintaining his line until relieved by a fresh Regiment, and when its ammunition was entirely exhausted. When the second line was broken, the Regiment retired in good order and took a position supporting the siege guns.

April 7, was in reserve. Loss, 80 killed, wounded and missing, including 3 commissioned officers.

April 18, was assigned to First Brigade, Third Division, Colonel L. F. Ross, Seventeenth Illinois, commanding Brigade.

April 28, Major Ohr took command of the Regiment, Colonel Fry being absent.

May 2, Brigadier General John A. Logan took command of the Division, and was succeeded, May 6, by Brigadier General Judah.

June 6, moved to Bethel, Tennessee, Colonel Haynie, Forty-eighth Illinois, taking command of Brigade. 16th, moved to Jackson. 17th, was in Ross' Brigade of Logan's (First) Division, and moved to Bolivar, Tennessee.

September 16, 1862, moved, via Jackson and Corinth, to Brownsville, Mississippi, on Memphis and Corinth Railroad. Returned to Bolivar, after the battle of Iuka, September 25.

October 10, Brigadier General M. Brayman was assigned to the Brigade, and Colonel Fry to command of post at Trenton, where, on the 20th of December, he was taken prisoner by General Forrest and paroled. The Brigade remained at Bolivar, General Brayman commanding post.

December 18, 1862, 240 men of the Regiment proceeded, by rail, to Jackson, and, moving out the Lexington road, under command of Colonel Engleman, with Forty-third Illinois and a detachment of cavalry took position at Salem Cemetery, and on the morning of 19th repulsed the enemy under Forrest, with three pieces of artillery, and on receiving reinforcements from General Sullivan, pursued the enemy some distance; after which, returned to Bolivar.

May 31, the Regiment being in the Sixteenth Army Corps, moved, via rail, to Memphis, and embarked for Vicksburg. June 3, arrived at Chickasaw Bayou, 4th, accompanied expedition up Yazoo River, landing at Satartia. Moved four miles out to Mechanicsburg, capturing some prisoners, 6th, moved to Haines' Bluff. June 20th, moved to Snyder's Bluff.

Lieutenant Colonel Fry having resigned, Major Ohr was promoted Lieutenant Colonel. July 17th, 1863, moved to Black River Bridge. 22d, returned to Snyder's Bluff. On 27th, moved to Helena, Arkansas. August 13, in Major General Steel's army, Colonel McLane, Forty-third Indiana, commanding Division, and Colonel Graves, Twelfth Michigan, commanding Brigade. Moved, via Clarendon, Duvall's Bluff, Brownsville, to Little Rock, skirmishing some with the enemy after leaving Brownsville, and arriving at Little Rock September 10, Remained at Little Rock.

The Regiment remained in Arkansas until August 14, 1864, being stationed most of the time at Little Rock and Duvall's Bluff. It did its full share of the hard, fatiguing and generally profitless marching that the troops composing that department made during that period, It participated in the combat at Clarendon, on the White River, June 26, 1864, which resulted in raising the Blockade of that river made by the rebel general, Joe Shelby. In the early part of the year 1864, enough of the men re-enlisted as Veterans to enable the Regiment to retain its organization as a Veteran Regiment. March 20, 1864, Company K joined the Regiment from Camp Butler, Illinois.

August 14, 1864, the Regiment started to Illinois, on veteran furlough, leaving Company K and the recruits and non-veterans in Camp at Duvall's Bluff, Arkansas. On the expiration of its veteran furlough, the regiment rendezvoused at Springfield, Illinois. It went from there to St. Louis. Owing to the pending invasion of Missouri by the rebels under General Price, the Regiment was halted at St. Louis, Companies B, D and G were detached from the Regiment and sent to Chester, Illinois, to guard the crossing of the river at that point. They remained there until October 14, when they joined the Regiment at St. Louis. The entire Regiment was then sent to Mexico on the North Missouri railroad, in the northeastern part of the State, and during the balance of that month was engaged in a series of hard marches after a gang of rebels who were operating in that part of the State, and finally chased them across the Missouri River and dispersed them. The Regiment then returned to St. Louis, and on November 6 left by steamer for Paducah, Kentucky, arriving there November 11. Left Paducah November 24. Went by steamer to Nashville, Tennessee, from thence on November 28, by rail to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. December 4, was engaged in the combat of Overall's Creek, three miles from Murfreesboro.

In addition to the casualties sustained by the Regiment in this action among the rank and file, Lieutenant Elijah B. Corrington, of Company F, a most excellent officer, was instantly killed, being struck by a musket ball in the breast.

December 7, the Regiment was engaged in the battle of Wilkinson's Pike, or the "Cedars," near Murfreesboro. It signalized itself by a gallant charge over the enemy's rail, and dirt breast works, capturing the colors of a Florida Regiment and a number of prisoners. Out of about 200 men engaged, the Sixty-first lost in killed and wounded about thirty in this affair.

December 12, the Regiment, numbering then about 175, with a small squad of dismounted cavalry, and one company of the First Michigan Engineers, was sent as escort of a train of cars destined to Stephenson, Alabama, and returned with rations for the troops at Murfreesboro. On the return, about 2 o'clock on the morning of December 15, about 8 miles out of Murfreesboro, the Regiment was attacked by an overwhelming force of rebels, under the command of Forrest. The rebel force aggregated fully 1,500 infantry and cavalry, and was also provided with a battery of artillery. They surrounded the train and tore up the track in front and rear to prevent escape, and opened up a galling fire of musketry and artillery. The train guard, numbering all told about 225 muskets, held the train until about 8 A. M., in the hope of reinforcements reaching them from Murfreesboro, but at that hour there being no sign of help, and their cartridges nearly exhausted, they abandoned the train, and cut their way out. Lieutenant Colonel Grass, commanding the Regiment, was captured, and over half the Regiment was killed, wounded and taken prisoners - Among others killed was Lieutenant Lorenzo J. Miner, of Company B, a most admirable young officer.

Major J. B. Nulton, who had successfully led the left wing of the Regiment through the rebel lines, reached a block house, about one-half of a mile north of the abandoned train, halted his command and upon being reinforced with a battery of artillery from Murfreesboro, marched back and recaptured the train, in time to prevent its destruction. Several regiments of infantry, under the command of Gen. Milroy, reached the scene of action soon thereafter and the enemy was put to flight; after which the road was repaired and the train, loaded with provisions, safely run into Murfreesboro.

This was the last severe action in which the Regiment was engaged. February 4, 1865, the non-veterans and recruits rejoined the Regiment from Duvalls Bluff, Arkansas.

March 21 the Regiment, under orders from Gen. Rosseau, moved to Franklin, Tennessee, and Maj. J. B. Nulton assumed command of the Post and Captain Daniel S. Keeley took command of the Regiment.

In the latter part of June, the recruits of the Eighty-third, Ninety-eighth and One Hundred Twenty-third Illinois infantry were transferred to the Sixty-first, filling its ranks nearly to the maximum, and Major J. B. Nulton was promoted to the rank of Colonel and Captain Daniel S. Keeley to that of Major.

While at Franklin, Tennessee, Col. Nulton, under orders from Gen. George H. Thomas, proceeded with a detachment of the Sixty-first Illinois to Hickman county, Tennessee, where he negotiated terms and received the surrender of the noted Duvall McNairy, together with his command numbering about one hundred fifty men rank and file.

September 8, 1865, the Regiment was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee, and started home.

On September 27, 1865, at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois, the boys received their final payment and discharge and "broke ranks" forever.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Francis M. Posey, 61 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A waist up image of Captain Francis M. Posey of the 61st Illinois Infantry.  Posey was commisioned into the 61st Illinois Infantry in February 1862 as a 1st Lieutenant.  He was promoted to Captain in March 1863.  He mustered out in March 1865.  Written on the bottom of the card is "Respectfully yours - Frank M. Posey, Capt. 61st Ills. Vols.".  There is no backmark.  There are some stains on the image in the upper left side.

The Sixty-first Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Carrollton, Illinois, by Colonel Jacob Fry. Three full companies were mustered February 5, 1862. February 21, the Regiment, being still incomplete, moved to Benton Barracks, Missouri. Here a sufficient number of recruits joined to make nine full companies.

March 26, 1862, embarked for Pittsburg Landing. On arriving, March 30, were assigned to Brigade of Colonel Madison Miller, Eighteenth Missouri, Division of Brigadier General B. M. Prentiss.

April 6, 400 men were formed in line, in time to receive the first assault of the enemy, and stood their ground for an hour and a quarter, and until every other Regiment in the division had given way, and were then ordered to fall back. Upon retiring from this position, the Regiment was complimented by General Prentiss for its gallant stand. It was then ordered to support a battery of the first Missouri Artillery, and at one o'clock P. M. ordered to the support of General Hurlbut--coming to his support at a very critical moment, and maintaining his line until relieved by a fresh Regiment, and when its ammunition was entirely exhausted. When the second line was broken, the Regiment retired in good order and took a position supporting the siege guns.

April 7, was in reserve. Loss, 80 killed, wounded and missing, including 3 commissioned officers.

April 18, was assigned to First Brigade, Third Division, Colonel L. F. Ross, Seventeenth Illinois, commanding Brigade.

April 28, Major Ohr took command of the Regiment, Colonel Fry being absent.

May 2, Brigadier General John A. Logan took command of the Division, and was succeeded, May 6, by Brigadier General Judah.

June 6, moved to Bethel, Tennessee, Colonel Haynie, Forty-eighth Illinois, taking command of Brigade. 16th, moved to Jackson. 17th, was in Ross' Brigade of Logan's (First) Division, and moved to Bolivar, Tennessee.

September 16, 1862, moved, via Jackson and Corinth, to Brownsville, Mississippi, on Memphis and Corinth Railroad. Returned to Bolivar, after the battle of Iuka, September 25.

October 10, Brigadier General M. Brayman was assigned to the Brigade, and Colonel Fry to command of post at Trenton, where, on the 20th of December, he was taken prisoner by General Forrest and paroled. The Brigade remained at Bolivar, General Brayman commanding post.

December 18, 1862, 240 men of the Regiment proceeded, by rail, to Jackson, and, moving out the Lexington road, under command of Colonel Engleman, with Forty-third Illinois and a detachment of cavalry took position at Salem Cemetery, and on the morning of 19th repulsed the enemy under Forrest, with three pieces of artillery, and on receiving reinforcements from General Sullivan, pursued the enemy some distance; after which, returned to Bolivar.

May 31, the Regiment being in the Sixteenth Army Corps, moved, via rail, to Memphis, and embarked for Vicksburg. June 3, arrived at Chickasaw Bayou, 4th, accompanied expedition up Yazoo River, landing at Satartia. Moved four miles out to Mechanicsburg, capturing some prisoners, 6th, moved to Haines' Bluff. June 20th, moved to Snyder's Bluff.

Lieutenant Colonel Fry having resigned, Major Ohr was promoted Lieutenant Colonel. July 17th, 1863, moved to Black River Bridge. 22d, returned to Snyder's Bluff. On 27th, moved to Helena, Arkansas. August 13, in Major General Steel's army, Colonel McLane, Forty-third Indiana, commanding Division, and Colonel Graves, Twelfth Michigan, commanding Brigade. Moved, via Clarendon, Duvall's Bluff, Brownsville, to Little Rock, skirmishing some with the enemy after leaving Brownsville, and arriving at Little Rock September 10, Remained at Little Rock.

The Regiment remained in Arkansas until August 14, 1864, being stationed most of the time at Little Rock and Duvall's Bluff. It did its full share of the hard, fatiguing and generally profitless marching that the troops composing that department made during that period, It participated in the combat at Clarendon, on the White River, June 26, 1864, which resulted in raising the Blockade of that river made by the rebel general, Joe Shelby. In the early part of the year 1864, enough of the men re-enlisted as Veterans to enable the Regiment to retain its organization as a Veteran Regiment. March 20, 1864, Company K joined the Regiment from Camp Butler, Illinois.

August 14, 1864, the Regiment started to Illinois, on veteran furlough, leaving Company K and the recruits and non-veterans in Camp at Duvall's Bluff, Arkansas. On the expiration of its veteran furlough, the regiment rendezvoused at Springfield, Illinois. It went from there to St. Louis. Owing to the pending invasion of Missouri by the rebels under General Price, the Regiment was halted at St. Louis, Companies B, D and G were detached from the Regiment and sent to Chester, Illinois, to guard the crossing of the river at that point. They remained there until October 14, when they joined the Regiment at St. Louis. The entire Regiment was then sent to Mexico on the North Missouri railroad, in the northeastern part of the State, and during the balance of that month was engaged in a series of hard marches after a gang of rebels who were operating in that part of the State, and finally chased them across the Missouri River and dispersed them. The Regiment then returned to St. Louis, and on November 6 left by steamer for Paducah, Kentucky, arriving there November 11. Left Paducah November 24. Went by steamer to Nashville, Tennessee, from thence on November 28, by rail to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. December 4, was engaged in the combat of Overall's Creek, three miles from Murfreesboro.

In addition to the casualties sustained by the Regiment in this action among the rank and file, Lieutenant Elijah B. Corrington, of Company F, a most excellent officer, was instantly killed, being struck by a musket ball in the breast.

December 7, the Regiment was engaged in the battle of Wilkinson's Pike, or the "Cedars," near Murfreesboro. It signalized itself by a gallant charge over the enemy's rail, and dirt breast works, capturing the colors of a Florida Regiment and a number of prisoners. Out of about 200 men engaged, the Sixty-first lost in killed and wounded about thirty in this affair.

December 12, the Regiment, numbering then about 175, with a small squad of dismounted cavalry, and one company of the First Michigan Engineers, was sent as escort of a train of cars destined to Stephenson, Alabama, and returned with rations for the troops at Murfreesboro. On the return, about 2 o'clock on the morning of December 15, about 8 miles out of Murfreesboro, the Regiment was attacked by an overwhelming force of rebels, under the command of Forrest. The rebel force aggregated fully 1,500 infantry and cavalry, and was also provided with a battery of artillery. They surrounded the train and tore up the track in front and rear to prevent escape, and opened up a galling fire of musketry and artillery. The train guard, numbering all told about 225 muskets, held the train until about 8 A. M., in the hope of reinforcements reaching them from Murfreesboro, but at that hour there being no sign of help, and their cartridges nearly exhausted, they abandoned the train, and cut their way out. Lieutenant Colonel Grass, commanding the Regiment, was captured, and over half the Regiment was killed, wounded and taken prisoners - Among others killed was Lieutenant Lorenzo J. Miner, of Company B, a most admirable young officer.

Major J. B. Nulton, who had successfully led the left wing of the Regiment through the rebel lines, reached a block house, about one-half of a mile north of the abandoned train, halted his command and upon being reinforced with a battery of artillery from Murfreesboro, marched back and recaptured the train, in time to prevent its destruction. Several regiments of infantry, under the command of Gen. Milroy, reached the scene of action soon thereafter and the enemy was put to flight; after which the road was repaired and the train, loaded with provisions, safely run into Murfreesboro.

This was the last severe action in which the Regiment was engaged. February 4, 1865, the non-veterans and recruits rejoined the Regiment from Duvalls Bluff, Arkansas.

March 21 the Regiment, under orders from Gen. Rosseau, moved to Franklin, Tennessee, and Maj. J. B. Nulton assumed command of the Post and Captain Daniel S. Keeley took command of the Regiment.

In the latter part of June, the recruits of the Eighty-third, Ninety-eighth and One Hundred Twenty-third Illinois infantry were transferred to the Sixty-first, filling its ranks nearly to the maximum, and Major J. B. Nulton was promoted to the rank of Colonel and Captain Daniel S. Keeley to that of Major.

While at Franklin, Tennessee, Col. Nulton, under orders from Gen. George H. Thomas, proceeded with a detachment of the Sixty-first Illinois to Hickman county, Tennessee, where he negotiated terms and received the surrender of the noted Duvall McNairy, together with his command numbering about one hundred fifty men rank and file.

September 8, 1865, the Regiment was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee, and started home.

On September 27, 1865, at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois, the boys received their final payment and discharge and "broke ranks" forever.


 

Major Clifford Stickney, 72 Illinois Infantry & US Signal Corps CDV

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A very nice image of Major Clifford Stickney of the 72nd Illinois Infantry and the U.S. Signal Corps.  Stickney enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant in August 1862.  He left the 72nd Illinois Infantry in March 1863 and moved to the U.S> Signal Corps.  In August 1865 he moved to the U.S. Volunteer Adjutant General Department.  He served in the U.S. Army until his death in 1867.  He was promoted 1st Lieutenant in March 1863.  He was breveted Captain in April 1865 and Major in August 1865.  Stickney is wearing a badge that consists of the 15th Corps arrow and the 2nd Corps clover.  The backmark on the image is "Churchill & Denison, No. 522 Broadway, Albany, N.Y.".  Written in period ink on the back is "To Caroline from Clifford".  A green 3 cent tax stamp is attached to the back of the card.
 
SERVICE - Duty at Cairo, Ill., till September 6, 1862. Moved to Paducah, Ky., September 6, thence to Columbus, Ky., September 17, and duty there till November 21. Expedition from Columbus to Covington, Durhamsville and Fort Randolph September 28 - October 5. Expedition to Clarkson, Mo., October 6. Expedition to New Madrid, Mo., October 21. Skirmishes at Clarkson, Mo., October 23 and 28. Moved to Moscow, Miss., November 21, and Join Quinby's Command. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central R. R. November 21 - December 30. Duty on line of the Memphis and Charleston R. R. till January 10, 1863. At Memphis, Tenn., till February 24. Yazoo Pass Expedition, by Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass and the Coldwater and Tallahatchie Rivers February 24 - April 8. Operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood March 13 - April 5. Fort Pemberton near Greenwood March 11, 16, 25 - April 2 and 4. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., and guard duty from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage till April 25. Duty at Richmond, La., April 25 - May 10. Battle of Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18 - July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Expedition to Mechanicsburg May 26 - ,June 4. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Moved to Natchez, Miss., July 12-13, and duty there till October 17. Action at St. Catherine's Creek July 28 and September 1. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., October 17, and Provost duty there till October 30, 1864. Expedition to Waterproof, La., January 29 - February 23, 1864. Waterproof February 14-15. Yazoo City Expedition May 4-21. Actions at Benton May 7 and 9. Vaughan May 12. Luce's Plantation May 13. Vaughan Station May 14. Expedition to Grand Gulf July 10-17. Port Gibson July 13. Grand Gulf July 16. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., October 30 - November 13, thence to Columbia, Tenn., November 13-21. Nashville Campaign November - December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Skirmish near Nashville December 7. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Clifton, Ten;, thence to Eastport, Miss., and duty there till February 9, 1865. Moved to New Orleans, La., February 9-21, and duty there till March 12. Campaign against Mobile, Ala., and its defenses March 17 - April 12. Expedition from Dauphin Island to Fowl River Narrows March 18-22. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26 - April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Capture of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 14-25, and duty there till May 23. Moved to Union Springs, Ala., May 23, and duty there till July 19. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., July 19.

Mustered out August 7, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 79 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 145 Enlisted men by disease. Total 234.


Lt. Henry P. Ayers, 77 Illinois Infnatry CDV

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A great armed image of Lt. Henry P. Ayers of the 77th Illinois Infantry.  Ayers is in a frock coat holding his sword.  His slouch hat is on the table next to him.  Written in period ink on the back of the image is "Mr. Ayers - 77th Ill. Vol.".  The backmark is "Photographed by J. Thurlow, One door above Second National Bank, Main St.....Peroria.".  An orange 2 cent canceled stamp is on the back.  Ayers enlisted in August 1862 as a Corporal.  He was promoted to Sergeant Major and 1st Lieutenant during his Civil War experience.  He mustered out in July 1865.
 
The Seventy-seventh Illinois Infantry was organized at Peoria, Illinois and mustered into service on September 3, 1862. The men of this Regiment volunteered from: Companies A, Knox County, Company B-Putnam County, Company C-Woodford County, Company D-Marshall County, Company E-Peoria County, Company F-Peoria and Woodford counties, Company G-Peoria County, Company H-Woodford, Tazewell and Peoria counties, Company I-Peoria County and Company K-Peoria County. The Regiment was ordered to Cincinnati on October 4 and went into camp across the Ohio River at Covington, Kentucky. In November the Regiment marched south through Lexington to take possession of Richmond, Kentucky. Two weeks later they were ordered to Louisville and transported downriver to Memphis. December 20 they were transported further down the Mississippi River to the Yazoo River and up the Yazoo about ten miles where they disembarked and soon met the enemy guarding the rear of Vicksburg. After several days of skirmishing, the enemy works could not be carried and on January 2, 1863 the Union troops withdrew to Milliken’s Bend upriver on the Louisiana shore. On January 5, the Seventy-seventh sailed back up the Mississippi River to the White River and up the White River to the cutoff to the Arkansas River to Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post. Here on January 10 and 11 they met and defeated the enemy forces and planted the flag of the Seventy-seventh on the parapet.[2] Following the battle the Regiment returned to Young’s Point and remained there until March when they moved to Milliken’s Bend. In April the army marched to New Carthage crossed the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg and moved toward Port Gibson. A fight ensued on the march to Port Gibson but the rebel force was overcome and the town was taken. Further northward movement brought the Regiment to Champion Hills. Here on May 16 the rebel force was routed and the next morning the Seventy-seventh resumed its march toward Vicksburg. They next met the enemy at Big Black River and then at the Siege of Vicksburg.[3] After the fall of Vicksburg on July 4, the Regiment pursued the enemy toward Jackson, Mississippi where they took part in the siege and surrender of Jackson. In August the Regiment was ordered to New Orleans and in December was transported to Pass Cavello on the Texas Gulf and went into camp at DeCrow’s Point. They remained there until February 1864, returned to New Orleans and embarked on the Banks’ Red River campaign in March. On April 8, 1864 at Sabine crossroads, south of Mansfield, Louisiana, Confederate forces attacked the Union troops. The Seventy-seventh Illinois was sent forward to assist the cavalry and suffered severely in the defeat; their Colonel, Lysander Webb was killed and 176 other officers and men were killed, wounded and taken prisoner, leaving only 125 men in the Regiment. Following retreat down Red River the Regiment went into camp at Baton Rouge; in August the men were transported to Dauphine’s Island in Mobile Bay, fought at the capture of Forts Gaines and Morgan guarding Mobile Bay and returned to Morganzia above Baton Rouge on the Mississippi River. In October the Regiment moved to New Orleans for provost duty until March 1865[4] then was transported to Fort Morgan, Alabama to aid in the siege and capture of Spanish Fort, and Fort Blakely. On July 10, 1865 the Seventy-seventh Illinois Infantry was mustered out at Mobile, Alabama.[5],[6]

John C. Gregory, 81 Illinois Infnatry & Veteran Reserve Corps CDV

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A three quarter seated photograph of John C. Gregory of the 81st Illinois Infantry and the Veteran Reserve Corps.  Gregory is dressed in his four button sack coat and army issued pants.  Written in faint period ink on the front of the image is "John C. Gregory".  Written in modern ink is "E 81st Ill".  The backmark is "John Goldin & Co. - Photographers - Vignette Specialite - No. 4 Market Space - Pa. Ave. - Washington, D.C.".  Gregory was mustered in August 26, 1862 as a private.  He was transferred out on December 31, 1863 to the Veteran Reserve Corps where he served the rest of his Civil War military experience.  Obviously he was wounded but I do not know the date of the wounding or where.
 
 
The Eighty-first Illinois Infantry organized at Anna in Union County, Illinois and mustered into service August 26, 1862. The men were recruited from counties in southern Illinois as follows, Company A-from Perry County, Company B-from Jackson County, Company C-from Perry County, Company D-from Jackson County, Company E-from Union and Williamson counties, Company F-from Jackson County, Company G-from Williamson County, Company H-from Jefferson County, Company I-from Washington County and Company K-from Madison County. The Regiment was moved by rail to Cairo, Illinois on September 6 and on October 8 sailed downriver to Columbus, Kentucky and moved by rail to Humboldt, Tennessee for garrison duty. The Regiment left by rail on November 12 for LaGrange, Tennessee and remained there until November 29 when they began marching south into Mississippi. They had passed through Holly Springs and had reached Oxford, Mississippi when on December 21, they received word that Confederate General Van Dorn, in their rear, had captured the Union depot at Holly Springs and destroyed the supplies. This resulted in the retreat of the Union forces, including the Eighty-first Illinois, back to Memphis, arriving there January 19, 1863. On February 20 the Regiment broke camp and steamed down the Mississippi River to Lake Providence, Louisiana about 75 miles above Vicksburg, Mississippi. April 17 the Regiment moved further downriver to Milliken’s Bend, 20 miles above Vicksburg. The following day a call was made for volunteers to man supply transports to run the batteries at Vicksburg and Grand Gulf. Seven men of Company I were accepted and that night the transports ran the batteries with the sinking of the Tigress and Empire City and damage to others. April 25 the Regiment marched out of Milliken’s Bend, moved cross-county and on April 30 crossed the Mississippi River from Louisiana to Bruinsburg, Mississippi, several miles below Vicksburg. The next day the Eighty-first fought at Thompson’s Hill and pursued the retreating rebels through Port Gibson. May 3 the Regiment camped on the Big Black River south of Vicksburg. A week later the men marched toward Raymond and met and defeated the enemy there on May 12 then marched to Clinton, a town on the Vicksburg and Jackson Railroad. Destruction of the railroad cut off all communications and supplies between Vicksburg and the remainder of the Confederacy. May 14 the Regiment was engaged in the battle and fall of Jackson, the Mississippi state capitol. Marching toward Vicksburg the Eighty-first fought at Champion Hill on May 16 and at Black River Bridge on May 17. By May 19 they were in the siege lines at Vicksburg; in the assault on Vicksburg, May 22, the Regiment lost 11 men killed and 96 wounded including the death of the Regimental commander, Colonel James J. Dollins. On July 4, 1863 Vicksburg surrendered and the Eighty-first Illinois was one of the Regiments assigned to garrison the city. The Regiment remained at Vicksburg until March 1864 but during that time participated in expeditions to Monroe, Louisiana, Bogue Chitto Creek and Sunny Landing, Arkansas. March 9, 1864 the Regiment departed Vicksburg on the tin-clad steamer Diana as part of the Red River Expedition. During that campaign the Eighty-first was engaged in the capture of Fort De Russey and Alexandria in the advance on Shreveport, Louisiana. However after the Union forces, under Banks, were defeated at Mansfield on April 8 the expedition retreated back downriver with actions at Pleasant Hill, Cloutierville,[1] Marksville Prairie, Bryce’s Plantation, Bayou Boeuf and Yellow Bayou. The Regiment landed back at Vicksburg May 24. On May 27 the Eighty-first was ordered to sail upriver to Memphis, Tennessee where they disembarked and marched southeast into Mississippi. In a battle near Guntown,[2] Mississippi on June 10 the Eighty-first engaged rebel forces under Forrest; although the Regiment captured a rebel flag[3] they were driven from the field and of 371 men in the Regiment, 9 were killed, 18 wounded and 126 taken prisoner.[4] ,[5] In August the Eighty-first moved to Duvall’s Bluff, Arkansas and scouted and skirmished throughout the State until September 17 when it joined in the pursuit of Confederate General Price in Missouri. Price having escaped the Regiment was ordered to Nashville, Tennessee and fought in the defeat of the Confederate army under Hood in the battle of Nashville on December 15 and 16, 1864. The Regiment joined in the pursuit of Hood into Mississippi and remained at camp in Eastport, Mississippi until February 1865. In May they joined the Atlanta campaign and fought at Kenesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Chattahoochie River and in the siege of Atlanta. In the flanking movement south of Atlanta they fought at Jonesboro on August 25-30 and at Lovejoy Station August 31-September 1. After pursuit of Hood into north Georgia and Alabama the Regiment returned to Nashville and moved to New Orleans in February 1865. In March they moved to Mobile, Alabama and campaigned against Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely and Mobile and in April marched to Montgomery, Alabama and remained there until July. They moved to Chicago and were mustered out August 5, 1865.[6]
 
 

Lt. Samuel F. McDonald, 93 Illinois Infantry & Pioneer Corps CDV

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A very nice bust shot of Lt. Samuel F. McDonald of the 93rd Illinois Infantry and the Pioneer Corp of the 15th Corps.  Written in period ink on the front of the CDV under the photograph is "S F McDonald. A.A.Q.M. - Pioneer Corps - 3rd Div -15th A Corps".  McDonald was commisioned into the 93rd Illinois Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant in October 1862.  He mustered out in June 1865.  As noted on the image he spent time in the Pioneer Corps of the 15th Army Corps during his war experience.  He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on July 27, 1863.

SERVICE.--Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. Tallahatchie March November 26-December 12, 1862. At Ridgway, Tenn., January to March, 1863. Moved to Lake Providence, La., March 3, thence to Helena, Ark., March 10. Expedition to Yazoo Pass by Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass and Coldwater and Tallahatchie Rivers March 13-April 5. Operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood March 13-April 5. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., April 13. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1 (Reserve). Battles of Raymond May 12; near Raymond May 13; Jackson May 14; Champion's Hill May 16; Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Moved to Jackson, Miss,, July 13-15. Siege of Jackson July 15-17. At Vicksburg until September 12. Moved to Helena, Ark., September 12, thence to Memphis, Tenn., September 30. March to Chattanooga, Tenn., October 3-November 19. Operations on the Memphis and Charleston R. R. in Alabama October 20:29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. Moved to Bridgeport, Ala., December 3. To Larkinsville, Ala., December 22, and to Huntsville, Ala., January 17, 1864. Duty there until June. Demonstration on Dalton, Ga., February 22-27. Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25. Moved to Decatur, Ala., June 12, thence march to Stevenson, Ala., June 14-25. To Kingston, Ga., June 27-28, thence to Etowah and guard bridge and crossing until July 11. At Kingston until August 2. March to Allatoona August 2-3. Pursuit of Wheeler to Spring Place August 15-18. At Resaca and Allatoona until November. Battle of Allatoona October 5. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps, S. C., February 2-5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Columbia February 15-17. West's Cross Roads February 25 (Detachment). Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 23 and discharged at Chicago, Ill., July 7, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 147 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 142 Enlisted men by disease. Total 294.

 
 

James W. Scrimger, 94 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A civilian full standing photograph of James W. Scrimger of the 94th Illinois Infantry.  Scrimger enlisted as a Private in August 1862.  He was mustered out in July 1865.  THe backmark on this image is "Photographed By Scibird & Bro., Bloomington, Ills.".  There are two creases in this image but they don't greatly diminish the photograph.

This Regiment had its origin in the magnificent burst of enthusiasm which greeted Mr. Lincoln's call for more men, in the summer of 1862. It was organized, examined, inspected, mustered in and put into the field within ten days.

It was composed entirely of residents of McLean county, and was usually called "the McLean Regiment".

Largely through the exertions of the Hon. Isaac Funk and the Hon. Harrison Noble, the county authorities gave each enlisted man a bounty of fifty dollars, and also presented the Regiment with a magnificent stand of colors, costing five hundred dollars. Nearly all the Companies had as excess of men offered, and two Companies raised simultaneously for the purpose of joining the Ninety-fourth, were afterward mustered into other organizations. In several instances a father and two or three sons (in one case four) enlisted together, and there was a generous emulation who should do the most for the favorite organization.

The full strength at muster-in was 945, and 149 recruits afterwards joined, making a total of 1,094. It lost 11 men killed in battle, had 45 wounded, 157 died, and 161 were discharged.

The small percentage of loss, notwithstanding the active service and severe actions in which it participated, must be attributed to the rare skill displayed by Colonel McNulta in taking care of his men and preventing their unnecessary exposure in action, and to the very efficient medical staff, which was continually on the alert to secure the best sanitary regulations in camp, and assiduous in the care of the sick and wounded.

Colonel Orme being promoted to Brigadier General in November 1862, the command of the Regiment was practically held by Colonel McNulta during the entire term of service.

Leaving Bloomington August 25, 1862, it was quartered for two weeks in Benton Barracks, where it was brigaded with the Nineteenth Iowa and Twentieth Wisconsin, forming the Second Brigade of the Third Division of what was at that time called the "Army of the Frontier", and designed to operate in Missouri and Arkansas. The Brigade was commanded by Colonel Orme and the Division by General F. H. Herron, the whole being commanded by General J. M. Schofield. Afterwards the Division became attached to the Thirteenth Army Corps, under McClernand.

On September 10th, the Brigade was moved by rail to Rolla, Mo., and thence in a few days to Springfield, at that time upon the extreme front of the Union forces. Here six weeks were spent in the most assiduous company and battalion drills, the men being especially exercised in firing while lying down, and in the skirmish drill, in when they became remarkably proficient, and the results of which were very apparent when they came into action. The advantage of being able to deliver an accurate and rapid fire while lying down, and almost entirely protected by the slightest irregularity of ground, is obvious.

The territory lying south of Springfield was occupied by the Confederate General Hindman with a large force of troops, mostly irregular, which were suddenly concentrated about December 1st, and surrounded General Blunt at Cane Hill, in the northwest corner of Arkansas, and threatened him with annihilation. Upon receipt of intelligence of this occurrence, the Second and Third Divisions made a forced march of 120 miles in 90 hours, and on the 7th of December attacked the whole force of the enemy, fully 30,000 strong, advantageously posted at Prairie Grove, near Fayetteville, Ark.

Our troops numbered only about 4,000 men, the Second Division not having come up, yet they boldly attacked the enemy and "hammered" him until evening, when General Blunt broke through the small force which Hindman had left in his front, and, attacking the enemy on the flank, turned the fortunes of the day in our favor. In this engagement the Ninety- fourth held the extreme left of our line, and covered the road to Fayetteville by which the Second Division was coming to our assistance. Had they once given way, as several parts of the line did, at different times, before assaults of the enemy, the latter would have seized the road, cut off our reinforcements, and had us at his mercy.

Here the drill at Springfield proved its value. Scattered in a long, irregular line, lying flat on their faces, taking advantage of every stump, fence and irregularity of ground, the Regiment maintained so destructive a fire that no troops could be brought against them without being cut to pieces, while our men were comparatively unharmed. Colonel McNulta contributed largely to this result by riding constantly up and down the lines, urging the men to "lie close and fire low", utterly regardless of his own exposure. It was owing to this policy that our loss was so trifling -1 killed and 26 wounded-compared with regiments at our side who were no so well handled. The enemy retreated during the night, finding the Second Division coming up, and left us in possession of the field.

In about two weeks the Regiment took part in an expedition to VanBuren, on the Arkansas River, burning two Rebel steamers and making so imposing a display of strength that that part of the country was afterwards comparatively quiet. Returning through Missouri to near Rolla, the Regiment drilled and recruited until June 1863, when it was sent down the river to Vicksburg, where it was stationed below the city on the left of our line, and assisted in all the siege operations, terminating with the capture of that stronghold on the 4th of July. Here, again, the indefatigable McNultra was constantly among the men in the trenches, rapping them on the head when they needlessly exposed themselves, and keeping so sharp a lookout that, although exposed alternate days for two weeks to a hot fire in the trenches, and their camp almost constantly under the rage of the enemy's shells, the Regiment only sustained a loss of 1 man killed and 5 wounded, showing how much a prudent and sagacious commander can do in preventing needless sacrifice of life.

After the surrender, the Regiment was sent on an expedition up the Yazoo, and on July 24th went down the river again, making brief stop at Port Hudson, to Carrollton, six miles above New Orleans. In the month of September it was sent up to Morganzia, and made a reconnoissance through the swamps of that delectable region, without any especial results except undergoing a severe shelling, during which Colonel McNulta was knocked off his horse by a piece of shell, and received injuries which since have resulted in permanent disability.

On October 25th, the Ninety-fourth embarked for the Rio Grande, where, at Brownsville and in that vicinity, the men spent nine of the most miserable months of their enlistment, the monotony only being relieved by an occasional revolution upon the Mexican side of the river at Matamoras, during one of which they were called on to spend a night upon the streets in the city guarding the American Consul.

Under the policy of concentration inaugurated by General Grant upon assuming chief command, in July 1864, the Regiment was withdrawn from Texas, and during the first half of August took an active part in the siege of Fort Morgan, which surrendered on the 21st, after sustaining a most fearful bombardment from the fleet and mortars on shore. Another period of inaction following, only broken by a short expedition to Pascayoula, until the 17th of March, when the Brigade, as an independent command under Colonel Bertram, of the Twentieth Wisconsin, who reported directly to General Granger, moved up the east side of Mobile Bay to take part in the siege of Spanish Fort, the key to the city of Mobile. Here, as at Vicksburg, the Regiment held the extreme left of the line, and during thirteen days was constantly under fire, digging rifle pits, trenches and mines; and here, as at Vicksburg, the constant care of their Colonel brought them through this memorable siege with a loss of only 1 killed and 3 wounded.

Participated in the final assault, they had the honor of being the first to mount the walls of Fort Alexis, at 10 o'clock P.M., April 8, 1865.

After the fall of Mobile, which followed that of Spanish Fort, the Ninety-fourth was sent to Ship Island in charge of a large number of prisoners, after which they went into camp on the "shell road", below Mobile, until June 18th, when they moved to Galveston, Texas, and did garrison duty until their muster-out, on the 17th of July, the Regiment reaching Bloomington on the 9th of August, being received with a superb ovation.

The Ninety-fourth served just three years, marched 1,200 miles, traveled by railroad 610 miles and by steamer 6,000 miles, took part in nine battles, sieges and skirmishes.


Lt. Colonel William Avery, 95 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A nice image of Lt. Colonel William Avery of the 95th Illinois Infnatry.  He enlisted as Captain in September 1862.  He was promoted to Major in May 1863 and Lt. Colonel in June 1864.  He mustered out in August 1865.  Written on the back in period ink is "Major Wm. Avery, 95th Ill Inftry".  The backmark is "Capitol Gallery,  West side Square, Springfield, Ill. - C.H. Hall, Artist.".

SERVICE - Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. At Memphis January 13-20, 1863. Moved to Lake Providence, La., January 20-26, and duty there till April. Skirmish at Old River, Lake Providence, February 10. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., April 12. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battles of Fort Gibson, Miss., May 1; Raymond May 12; Jackson May 14; Champion's Hill May 16; Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg May 18 - July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19-22 and June 25, Expedition to Mechanicsburg May 26 - June 4. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Moved to Natchez, Miss., July 12-13, and duty there till October 17. Moved to Vicksburg October 17 and duty there till February, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-25. Veterans on furlough March - April. Red River Campaign March 10 - May 22. Fort DeRussy March 14. Battle of Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill Landing, April 12-13. About Cloutiersville April 22-24. Natchitochez April 22. At Alexandria April 26 - May 13. Boyce's Plantation and Wells' Plantation May 6. Twelve Mile Bayou and Bayou Boeuf May 7. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. Mansura May 16. Yellow Bayou May 18. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., May 21-24, thence to Memphis, Tenn., May 28-30. Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown June 1-13. Brice's or Tishamingo Creek near Guntown June 10. Ripley June 11. Moved to St. Charles, Ark., August 3-6, thence to Duvall's Bluff September 1, and to Brownsville September 8. March through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price September 17 - November 21. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., November 23-30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Eastport, Miss., and duty there till February 6, 1865. (Veterans Joined 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, at Cairo, Ill., thence moved to Clifton, Tenn., and march to Ackworth, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., April 28 - June 8, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8 to September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10 - July 2. Assault on Kenesaw Mountain June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Howell's Ferry July 5. On line of the Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Leggett's Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22 - August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31 - September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29 - November 3. Rejoined Regiment at Nashville, Tenn.) Moved to New Orleans, La., February 6-21, 1865, and duty there till March 12. Campaign against Mobile and its defenses March 21 - April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26 - April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery, Ala., April 13-25, and duty there till July. Moved to Meridian and Vicksburg, Miss.

Mustered out August 17, 1865. Recruits transferred to 47th Illinois Infantry.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 77 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 204 Enlisted men by disease. Total 289.

 

Lt. James K. Smith, 99 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A nice image of Lt. James K. Smith of the 99th Illinois Infantry.  Written on the front in Period ink is "James K. Smith".  The backmark on the image is "Washburn, Photographer. 113 Canal St. New Orleans.".  Smith was commisioned in August 1862 and mustered out in July 1865.  He was commisioned 1st Lieutenant in August 1862.
 

SERVICE of the 99th Illinois Infantry

  • Moved from Rolla to Salem, Mo., September 17, 1862, and duty there till November 20.
  • Moved to Houston, Mo., November 20, and duty there till January 27, 1863.
    • Action at Beaver Creek, Texas County, November 24, 1862.
    • Hartsville, Wood's Forks, January 11, 1863.
  • Moved to West Plains, Mo., January 27, and duty there till March 3.
  • Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 3-15, and duty there till April 11.
  • To New Carthage April 11-12 and duty there till April 25.
  • Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30.
  • Battles of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1,
  • Champion's Hill May 16;
  • Big Black River Bridge May 17.
  • Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4.
    • Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22.
    • Surrender of Vicksburg July 4.
  • Advance to Jackson Miss. July 6-10.
  • Siege of Jackson July 10-17.
  • Duty at Vicksburg till August 20.
  • Ordered to New Orleans, La., August 20.
  • Duty at Carrollton Brashear City and Berwick till October.
  • Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 9.
  • Moved to New Orleans November 9-12,
  • thence to Mustang Island, Texas, November 16-25.
  • Duty at Indianola till June, 1864.
  • Moved to Algiers, La., June 16.
  • Duty at Kennersville, Algiers, and Morganza till September.
  • Moved to St. Charles, Ark., September 3-11, and duty there till October 23.
  • Expedition to Duvall's Bluff October 23-November 12.
  • Moved to Litle Rock, thence to Memphis, Tenn., November 12-26.
  • At Germantown, Tenn. guarding railroad till December 28.
  • Moved to Memphis, Tenn., December 28,
  • thence to New Orleans, La. January 1-9, 1865.
  • Campaign against Mobile, Ala., and its defenses February 1-April 12.
    • Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8.
    • Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9.
    • Occupation of Mobile April 12.
  • Moved to New Orleans, thence to Shreve port, La., May 28-June 6.
  • To Baton Rouge July 19.
  • Mustered out July 31 and discharged at Springfield, Ill, August 9, 1865.

Regiment lost during service

  • 4 Officers and 47 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and
  • 1 Officer and 120 Enlisted men by disease.
  • Total 172.
 

Lt. Robert Griffin, 99 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A nice image of 1st Lieutenant Robert H. Griffin of the 99th Illinois Infantry.  The image is signed "Yours truly, R.H. Griffin" in period ink on the front of the image.  The backmark is "From Harvey's New York Photographic Gallery, 106 Poydras st. Between Camp and St. Charles, New Orleans.". 
 

SERVICE of the 99th Illinois Infantry 

  • Moved from Rolla to Salem, Mo., September 17, 1862, and duty there till November 20.
  • Moved to Houston, Mo., November 20, and duty there till January 27, 1863.
    • Action at Beaver Creek, Texas County, November 24, 1862.
    • Hartsville, Wood's Forks, January 11, 1863.
  • Moved to West Plains, Mo., January 27, and duty there till March 3.
  • Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 3-15, and duty there till April 11.
  • To New Carthage April 11-12 and duty there till April 25.
  • Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30.
  • Battles of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1,
  • Champion's Hill May 16;
  • Big Black River Bridge May 17.
  • Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4.
    • Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22.
    • Surrender of Vicksburg July 4.
  • Advance to Jackson Miss. July 6-10.
  • Siege of Jackson July 10-17.
  • Duty at Vicksburg till August 20.
  • Ordered to New Orleans, La., August 20.
  • Duty at Carrollton Brashear City and Berwick till October.
  • Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 9.
  • Moved to New Orleans November 9-12,
  • thence to Mustang Island, Texas, November 16-25.
  • Duty at Indianola till June, 1864.
  • Moved to Algiers, La., June 16.
  • Duty at Kennersville, Algiers, and Morganza till September.
  • Moved to St. Charles, Ark., September 3-11, and duty there till October 23.
  • Expedition to Duvall's Bluff October 23-November 12.
  • Moved to Litle Rock, thence to Memphis, Tenn., November 12-26.
  • At Germantown, Tenn. guarding railroad till December 28.
  • Moved to Memphis, Tenn., December 28,
  • thence to New Orleans, La. January 1-9, 1865.
  • Campaign against Mobile, Ala., and its defenses February 1-April 12.
    • Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8.
    • Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9.
    • Occupation of Mobile April 12.
  • Moved to New Orleans, thence to Shreve port, La., May 28-June 6.
  • To Baton Rouge July 19.
  • Mustered out July 31 and discharged at Springfield, Ill, August 9, 1865.

Regiment lost during service

  • 4 Officers and 47 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and
  • 1 Officer and 120 Enlisted men by disease.
  • Total 172.
 

Lewis Conrad, 106 Illinois Infantry Quarter Plate Image

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A nice quarter plate tintype of Lewis Conrad of the 106th Illinois Infantry.  The image has a full standing Conrad wearing a neat hat with feathers on the side.  He is also wearing his uniform vest and a four button sack coat.  He is standing in front of a painted back drop of tents and US flags.  Written on the back of the tin plate is "Lewis Conrad" in pencil.  The image is in a half box that was not original to the image and has another identification in it. 

SERVICE - Assigned to Provost duty at Jackson, Tenn., and as railroad guard along Mobile & Ohio R. R. till March, 1863. Repulse of Forest's attack on Jackson December 20, 1862. Railroad crossing Forked Deer River December 20 (Cos. "H," "I" and "K"). Moved to Bolivar, Tenn., March, 1863; thence to Vicksburg, Miss., May 31. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 9 - July 4. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Ordered to Helena, Ark., July 29; thence moved to Clarendon, Ark., August 13, and to Duvall's Bluff August 22. Steele's Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., September 1-10. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Duty there till October 26. Pursuit of Marmaduke's Forces October 26 - November 1. Duty at Little Rock, Duvall's Bluff, Hot Springs, Lewisburg, St. Charles, Dardanelles and Brownsville, Ark., till July, 1865. Operations against Shelby north of the Arkansas River May 13-31, 1864. Action at Clarendon June 25-26. Scouts from Pine Bluff toward Camden and Monticello January 26-31, 1865. Expedition from Little Rock to Mt. Elba January 22 - February 4, 1865.

Mustered out July 12 and discharged at Springfield, Ill., July 24, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 198.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Samuel H. Blane, 106 Illinois Infantry CDV with Pine Bluff, ARK Backmark

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A wonderful full standing, armed image of Captain Samuel H. Blane of the 106th Illinois Infantry.  Blane enlisted
in June 1863 and commisioned 2nd Lieutenant.  He was promoted to 1st Lieut. on March 30, 1864 and Captain in May 1865.  Signed in period ink on the back is "Yours truly, S.H. Blane".  The backmark on the back of the image is "Habicht & Mealy Photographers, Pine Bluff, Ark.".  Blane is standing and is wearing his gauntlets and holding his sword.  This image is very clear.

SERVICE - Assigned to Provost duty at Jackson, Tenn., and as railroad guard along Mobile & Ohio R. R. till March, 1863. Repulse of Forest's attack on Jackson December 20, 1862. Railroad crossing Forked Deer River December 20 (Cos. "H," "I" and "K"). Moved to Bolivar, Tenn., March, 1863; thence to Vicksburg, Miss., May 31. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 9 - July 4. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Ordered to Helena, Ark., July 29; thence moved to Clarendon, Ark., August 13, and to Duvall's Bluff August 22. Steele's Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., September 1-10. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Duty there till October 26. Pursuit of Marmaduke's Forces October 26 - November 1. Duty at Little Rock, Duvall's Bluff, Hot Springs, Lewisburg, St. Charles, Dardanelles and Brownsville, Ark., till July, 1865. Operations against Shelby north of the Arkansas River May 13-31, 1864. Action at Clarendon June 25-26. Scouts from Pine Bluff toward Camden and Monticello January 26-31, 1865. Expedition from Little Rock to Mt. Elba January 22 - February 4, 1865.

Mustered out July 12 and discharged at Springfield, Ill., July 24, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 198.

 
 
 
 
 

Pvt. J. L. Hall, 106 Illinois Infantry CDV with Little ROck, ARK Backmark

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A full standing image of Private J.L. Hall of the 106th Illinois Infantry.  Hall is wearing his uniform vest, frock coat, and pants.  Written on the back of the image is "Jim Hall member of the 106 regiment - once lived in Illiopolis".  The backmark on the back of the image is "Photographed by A.J. Millard, Markham St., Little Rock, ARK.". 
 
SERVICE - Assigned to Provost duty at Jackson, Tenn., and as railroad guard along Mobile & Ohio R. R. till March, 1863. Repulse of Forest's attack on Jackson December 20, 1862. Railroad crossing Forked Deer River December 20 (Cos. "H," "I" and "K"). Moved to Bolivar, Tenn., March, 1863; thence to Vicksburg, Miss., May 31. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 9 - July 4. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Ordered to Helena, Ark., July 29; thence moved to Clarendon, Ark., August 13, and to Duvall's Bluff August 22. Steele's Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., September 1-10. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Duty there till October 26. Pursuit of Marmaduke's Forces October 26 - November 1. Duty at Little Rock, Duvall's Bluff, Hot Springs, Lewisburg, St. Charles, Dardanelles and Brownsville, Ark., till July, 1865. Operations against Shelby north of the Arkansas River May 13-31, 1864. Action at Clarendon June 25-26. Scouts from Pine Bluff toward Camden and Monticello January 26-31, 1865. Expedition from Little Rock to Mt. Elba January 22 - February 4, 1865.

Mustered out July 12 and discharged at Springfield, Ill., July 24, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 198.


Lt. John E. McDermot, 108th Illinois Infantry CDV

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A nice image of Lt. John E. McDermot of the 108th Illinois Infantry.  McDermot mustered into the Field & Staff of the 108th Illinois on August 28, 1862.  He was promoted to 2nd Lt. on January 13, 1863, 1st Lt. on May 30, 1863, and Captain on June 13, 1864.  There is no backmark.  Written on the back of the image in period ink is "Respectfully Jno. E. McDermot".  McDermot mustered out in August 1865.

SERVICE - March to Louisville, Ky., November 14-19, 1862; thence moved to Memphis, Tenn., November 21-26, and duty there till December 20. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28, 1862. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17-24, and duty there till March 10. At Milliken's Bend, La., till April 25. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battles of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1. Champion's Hill May 16. Detached to guard prisoners from Big Black River to Memphis, Tenn., May 16-30. At Young's Point, La., during siege of Vicksburg and until July 18. Moved to Vicksburg July 18, thence to Memphis, Tenn., July 26-29, and to LaGrange, Tenn., August 5. Duty there till October 28, and at Pocahontas till November 9. At Corinth, Miss., till January 25, 1864. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., and duty there till February, 1865. Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown, Miss., June 1-13, 1864. Brice's (or Tishamingo) Creek, near Guntown, June 10. Ripley June 11. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis August 21, 1864. Moved to New Orleans, La.; thence to Dauphin Island, Ala., February 28 - March 16. Operations against Mobile and its defenses March 16 - April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26 - April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty there till July 18. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., July 18 - August 5.

Mustered out August 5, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 8 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 202 Enlisted men by disease. Total 214.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Private David W. Evans, 108 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A seated view of Private David W. Evans of the 108th Illinois Infantry.   Evans is wearing a frock coat and a uniform vest underneath.  THe backmark on the image is "Howard & Hall, Artists, Corinth, Miss.".  Signed on the back in period ink is "D.W> Evans, Metamora, Illinois".  Evans mustered in in August 1862 and mustered out in June 1865. 

SERVICE - March to Louisville, Ky., November 14-19, 1862; thence moved to Memphis, Tenn., November 21-26, and duty there till December 20. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28, 1862. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17-24, and duty there till March 10. At Milliken's Bend, La., till April 25. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battles of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1. Champion's Hill May 16. Detached to guard prisoners from Big Black River to Memphis, Tenn., May 16-30. At Young's Point, La., during siege of Vicksburg and until July 18. Moved to Vicksburg July 18, thence to Memphis, Tenn., July 26-29, and to LaGrange, Tenn., August 5. Duty there till October 28, and at Pocahontas till November 9. At Corinth, Miss., till January 25, 1864. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., and duty there till February, 1865. Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown, Miss., June 1-13, 1864. Brice's (or Tishamingo) Creek, near Guntown, June 10. Ripley June 11. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis August 21, 1864. Moved to New Orleans, La.; thence to Dauphin Island, Ala., February 28 - March 16. Operations against Mobile and its defenses March 16 - April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26 - April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty there till July 18. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., July 18 - August 5.

Mustered out August 5, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 8 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 202 Enlisted men by disease. Total 214.

 
 
 
 

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