The One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Ill., February 21, 1865, under the Call of December 19, 1864.
Left by rail, for Louisville, Ky., February 24; arrived at Nashville, Tenn., February 27; was detained there by floods until March 2, then went, by rail, to Murfreesboro. The Regiment here suffered very much from exposure to continued cold rains, and sickness prevailed to a great extent, and many of the men died from the severe exposure. Remained at Murfreesboro, drilling and doing picket and guard duty, until May 13. Marched for Tullahoma, May 15; remained at Tullahoma until June 11, when the Regiment returned, by railroad to Nashville, Tenn., where the Regiment was put on picket, guard and garrison duty, and many of the officers on court martial and military commissions. Colonel McLain F. Wood died August 6, being at the time in command of the post of Nashville. Dr. Melvin W. Rush, Surgeon, died August 13. September 18, 1865, the Regiment was mustered out, at Nashville, Tenn., and ordered to Springfield, Ill., for final payment and discharge, where it arrived September 22. On the 29th of September, 1865, the Regiment was paid off and discharged at Camp Butler, Ill.