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Brief History

The 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at St. Louis, Missouri, as the 9th Missouri Infantry, on September 18, 1861. They stayed at New Braunfels, Texas, until December, then mustered out on December 8, 1865[1].

For more information on the history of the 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 23 Dec 2010) article on the 59th 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 website. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives website. 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 Knox County - Knox County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 135-138.

Company B - many men from Edgar and Warren counties - Edgar and Warren county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 138-141.

Company C - many men from McDonough County - McDonough County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 142-145.

Company D - many men from Cook and Madison counties - Cook and Madison county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 145-148.

Company E - many men from St Clair County - St. Clair County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 148-152.

Company F - many men from Cook and Cumberland counties - Cook and Cumberland  county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 152-155.

Company G - many men from Greene County - Greene County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 155-159. 

Company H - many men from Coles and Edgar counties - Coles and Edgar county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 160-163.

Company I - many men from Macoupin County - Macoupin County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 163-166.

Company K - many men from Cook County (Also known as Chicago Sappers and Miners) - Cook County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 166-170.

Unassigned recruits - Roster, vol. 4, page 170.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,798 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

WEBSITES

  • 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.
  • Herr, Geo. W. (George Washington). Episodes of the Civil War : nine campaigns in nine states. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL Fiche 6084260
  • 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.
  • Lathrop, David. The History of the Fifty-ninth Regiment, Illinois volunteers or a Three Years' Campaign Through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky, with a Description of the Country, Towns, Skirmishes and Battles; Incidents, Casualties and Anecdotes ... and ... Twenty-four Lithographed Portraits of the Officers of the Regiment. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, c1990).FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Fiche 6075751. Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives and Google Books.
  • 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 59th-64th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488476. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • 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.
  • 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.


References

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



 

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