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Brief History

The 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Shawneetown, Illinois, and mustered in October 3, 1862.  It moved to Helena, Arkansas, and had duty there until June 1865. It moved from Helena to Clark's Store February 24, 1865 (detachment) and mustered out June 16, 1865[1].


For more information on the history of the 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 30 Dec 2010) article on the 87th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
  • The Civil War Archive. (accessed 30 Dec 2010) Brief history of the 87th Regiment 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 Hamilton County - Hamilton County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 219-221.

Company B - many men from Edwards and White County - Edwards and White county web sites - Roster, vol. 5, pages 221-222.

Company C - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 222-224.

Company D - many men from Wayne County - Wayne County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 224-226.

Company E - many men from Hamilton County - Hamilton County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 226-228.

Company F - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 228-229.

Company G - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 230-231.

Company H - many men from Edwards CountyEdwards County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 231-233.

Company I - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 233-235.

Company K - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 235-237.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 5, page 237.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,538 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.


BOOKS AND FILMS

  • Berry, Daniel. Letters written by Dr. Daniel Berry to Marry Berry Crebs Berry during the Civil War. ([S.l. : s.n.], c1976), FHL book 973 H29b
  • 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.
  • Sanders, Joyce Hyatt. James Roscoe Crosser : farmer and cavalryman. (Fort Worth, Texas : J. Sanders, [1990?]), Fort Worth, Texas : J. Sanders, [1990?]), FHL book 921.73 C884s
  • 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 1670785. Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives.Rosters of officers, enlisted men, and historical memoranda of the regiments.
  • 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 83rd-90th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488479. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.

References

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


 

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