46th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History


The 46th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois December 28, 1861,
It mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 20, 1866, and discharged at Springfield, Illinois, February 1, 1866 [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 Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 364-368.

Company B - many men from Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 368-371.

Company C - many men from Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 371-375.

Company D - many men from Lee County - Lee County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 375-375.

New Company D - many men from Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 376-378.

Company E - many men from Whiteside and Ogle counties- Whiteside and Ogle county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 378-382.

Company F - many men from Clay County - Clay County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 382-386.

Company G - many men from Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 386-389.

Company H - many men from DeWitt and Ogle counties - DeWitt and Ogle county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 389-392.

Company I - many men from Lee, Ogle and Will counties - Lee, Ogle and Will county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 393-396.

Company K - many men from Stephenson County - Stephenson County web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 396-399.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, pages 399-400.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 3,072 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.
  • The ILGenWeb Civil War Scrapbook, (accessed 9 Aug 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.


BOOKS

References

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