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Brief History


The 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Decatur, Illinois, and mustered in August 5, 1861.  It was consolidated with 53d Illinois Infantry December 23, 1864. [1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:



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 Macon County (Also known as Decatur Grays) - Macon County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 174-176.

Company B - many men from Moultrie County - Moultrie County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 176-178.

Company C - many men from DeWitt County - DeWitt County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 178-180.

Company D - many men from Coles and Fayette counties - Coles & Fayette county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 180-182.

Company E - many men from Macon County - Macon County web site Roster, vol. 3, pages 183-185.

Company F - many men from DeWitt County - DeWitt County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 185-187.

Company G - many men from Christian County - Christian County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 187-189.

Company 187-H - many men from Shelby County (Also known as Shelby Tigers) - Shelby County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 189-191.

Company I - many men from Christian County - Christian County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 191-193.

Company K - many men from DeWitt County - DeWitt County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 193-195.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 195.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,753 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.

BOOKS

References

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



 

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