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Brief History


The 45th regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Galena, Illinois, and mustered in at Camp Douglas, Illinois, December 25, 1861.  It moved to Louisville, Kentucky. and mustered out July 12, 1865.[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 Carroll and Jo Daviess counties - Carroll and Jo Daviess county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 331-334.

Company B - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 334-336.

Company C - many men from Cook and Jo Daviess counties - Cook and Jo Daviess county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 337-339.

Company D - many men from Jo Daviess County - Jo Daviess County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 339-342.

Company E - many men from Carroll and Jo Daviess counties (Also known as Goodwin Rifles) - Carroll and Jo Daviess county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 342-345.

Company F - many men from Boone and Winnebago counties - Boone and Winnebago county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 345-348.

Company G - many men from Winnebago County - Winnebago County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 348-351.

Company H - many men from Rock Island County - Rock Island County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 351-354.

Company I - many men from Mercer County - Mercer County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 354-356.

Company K - many men from Knox County - Knox County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 356-359.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 359.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,346 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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