soldier graphic soldier graphic

61st Illinois Infantry

Dyer's Regimental History

Source - "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer


Organized at Carrollton, Ill., and mustered in February 5, 1862. Moved to Benton Barracks, Mo., February 21, and duty there till March 26. Moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 26-30. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army Tennessee, to July, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Jackson, Tenn., to September, 1862. Unattached, District of Jackson, Tenn., to November, 1862. Post of Bolivar, District of Jackson, Tenn., 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Post of Bolivar, District of Jackson, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 16th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 1st Brigade, Kimball's Provisional Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, Kimball's Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Arkansas Expedition, to November, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Arkansas Expedition, to January, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, August, 1864. Veteran furlough, Dept. of Missouri, October - November, 1864. Veterans. 1st Brigade, Nashville and Chattanooga R. R., Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. Veterans, Unattached, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. 2nd Sub-District, Middle Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to September, 1865.

SERVICE - Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6 - 7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29 - May 30. Moved to Bethel, thence to Jackson and Bolivar, Tenn., June 6 - 17. Duty at Bolivar till May, 1863. March to support of Rosecrans, at Iuka, Miss., September 16-22: 1862. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations against Forest, in West Tennessee, December 18, 1862 - January 3, 1863. Action at Salem Cemetery, near Jackson, December 19, 1862. Moved to Memphis, Tenn, thence to Vicksburg, Miss., May 31 - June 3, 1863 Expedition up the Yazoo to Satartia June 2 - 8. Action at Satartia, Mechanicsburg, June 4 Moved to Haines'. Bluff June 6. Siege of Vicksburg Miss., June 9 - July 4. Moved to Black River Bridge July 17, thence to Helena, Ark., July 27 - 31. Steele's Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., August 1 - September 10. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 19. Duty at Little Rock and Duvall's Bluff Ark., till August, 1864. Expedition to Clarendon, Ark. June 25-29, 1864. Action at Clarendon June 25 - 26. Veterans on furlough August 14 to September. Company "K" Joined Regiment from Camp Butler, Ill., March 20 1864, and remained with Recruits at Duvall's Bluff Ark., till February, 1865. Joined Regiment at Murfreesbore, Tenn., February 4, 1865. Veterans halted at St. Louis while returning to Arkansas. Companies "B," "D" and "G" guard river at Chester, Ill., till October 14, then joined Regiment at St. Louis. March through Missouri in pursuit of Price October 16 - November 6. Moved to Paducah, Ky., November 6-11 thence to Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., November 24-28. Action at Overall's Creek December 4 Hood's attack on Murfreesboro December 5-12. Wilkinson's Pike, near Murfreesboro, "The Cedars," December 7. Action with Forest near Murfreesboro December 15. Duty at Murfreesboro till March 21 1865. Moved to Franklin, Tenn., and duty there till September.

Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., September 8 and discharged at Camp Butler, Ill., September 27, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 34 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 183 Enlisted men by disease. Total 224.

 Transcribed by Susan Tortorelli

Return to Main Page   Return to Regiment Page   Return to 61st Infantry

NOTICE: This material may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Illinois USGenWeb Project.   © 1997 The ILGenWeb Project All Rights Reserved

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional