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Brief History

The 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Aurora, Illinois, and mustered in September 23, 1861.  It mustered out October 8 and discharged at Springfield, Illinois, October 27, 1865. [1]

For more information on the history of the 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

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 Cook and Kane counties - Cook and Kane county web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 5-7.

(Company A went by other names such as Hamilton's Escort, Jenks' Cavalry Company or Dragoons, Rosecrans' Escort, and Willis' Cavalry Company.)

(Company B went by other names such as Davis' Escort, Sherer's Cavalry Company, Dragoons, and Smith's Cavalry Company.)

  • Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 33.
  • Unassigned Drafted and Substitute Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 34.

Other Sources


  • 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 26 July 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.


  • Benson, Wallace P. A Soldier's Diary Diary of Wallace P. Benson of Company H, 36th Illinois Volunteers. ([Illinois?]: Printed by his sons, F.R. Benson and E.L. Benson, 1919).FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084231. Other libraries with this book. View online at the Old Algonquin web site. (accessed 26 July 2011)


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 10 May 2011).


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