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Brief History

The 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry  was organized at Rockford, Ilinois, and mustered in September 6, 1862.  It moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and had duty there until June. It mustered out June 10, 1865[1].

For more information on the history of the 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 6 January 2011) article on the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
  • Civil War Archive. (accessed 6 Jan 2011) Brief history of the 96th 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 Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 438-440.

Company B - many men from Lake County - Lake County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 440-442.

Company C - many men from Lake County - Lake County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 443-444.

Company D - many men from Lake County - Lake County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 445-446.

Company E - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 447-449.

Company F - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 449-451.

Company G - many men from Lake County - Lake County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 451-453.

Company H - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 453-455.

Company I - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 455-457.

Company K - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 5, pages 457-460.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 5, page 460.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,775 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

  • Atkins, Smith Dykins. Chickamauga : useless, disastrous battle. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6084288
  • 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.
  • 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 91st-97th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488480. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 96th (1862-1865). Reception to the members of the Ninety-Sixth Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers : at the residence of their old commander, General John C. Smith, on the twenty-ninth anniversary of the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, July 20, 1893. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6084293
  • 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.
  • Whitney, Joseph C. Kiss Clara for me : the story of Joseph Whitney and his family, during early days in the midwest, and soldiering in the American Civil War : a collection of letters. (State College, Pennsylvania : Carnation Press, c1969), FHL book 921.73 W614s

References

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



 

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