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Brief History

The 57th Reigment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, and mustered in December 26, 1862. The regiment moved to Louisville, Kentucky on June 3. and mustered out on July 7, 1865[1].

For more information on the history of the 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 23 Dec 2010) article on the 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.


Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Illinois Civil War Rosters web site. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks.

Company A - many men from LaSalle, Cook and Hancock counties - LaSalle, Cook and Hancock county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 36-39.

Company B - many men from Bureau and Cook counties - Bureau and Cook county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 39-42.

Company C - many men from Cook County - Cook County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 42-44.

Company D - many men from Henry County - Henry County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 44-47.

Company E - many men from Cook and Douglas counties - Cook and Douglas county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 47-50.

Company F - many men from Bureau and Cook counties Bureau and Cook county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 50-53.

Company G - many men from Cook County and State of Iowa - Cook County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 53-56.

Company H - many men from Bureau and Henry counties - Bureau and Henry county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 56-59.

Company I - many men from Cook and Hancock counties - Cook and Hancock county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 59-62.

Company K - many men from Bureau County - Bureau County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 62-65.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 4, page 65.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,435 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.


Other Sources

WEB SITES

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Illinois in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Illinois in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Illinois, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Illinois State Archives - Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database (accessed 14 June 2011). Search by residence, unit, regiment, company or soldier.
  • The ILGenWeb Civil War Scrapbook, (accessed 9 Aug 2011) contains links to various documents such as personal letters, military papers, articles, histories, obituaries, biographies, etc. Documents are listed by regiment, then by the soldier and his company.

BOOKS AND FILMS

  • Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois. Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. (Springfield, [Ill.]:Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, c1962).FHL Collection.FHL US/CAN Book 977.3 M2im and FHL US/CAN FIlm 6334558. Other libraries with this book.  Includes millitary units by county, infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments, including independent artillery.
  • Hewett, Janet B and United States. War Department. Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Wilmington, North Carolina : Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001). Part II v. 12 (Union Infantry 50th-60th).FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 12. Other libraries with this book.
  • United States. War Department. Record and Pension Office. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations. (Washington, District of Columbia : The National Archives, c1964).FHL Collection 54th-58th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488475. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • Wood, John and Illinois. Quartermaster General's Dept.; Illinois. General Assembly. Abstracts of Issues to Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, Sixtieth, Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Regiments of Infantry. (Springfield, Ill. : Baker & Phillips, Printers, c1865.) Other libraries with this book. Report of the Quartermaster General of the State of Illinois.
  • Vance, Joseph W and Illinois. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, 1861-1866 .(Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957, 1980).FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Film 1670784. Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives.Rosters of officers, enlisted men, and historical memoranda of the regiments.
  • Cluett, William W. History of the 57th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry From Muster in, Dec. 26, 1861, to Muster Out, July 7, 1865. (Princeton, [Ill.]: T.P. Streeter, 1886). Other libraries with this book.FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Film 1550186.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).



 

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