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118th Illinois Infantry

Dyer's Regimental History

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


Organized at Camp Butler, Ill., August to October, 1862. Mustered in November 7, 1862. Duty at Camp Butler and guarding prisoners till December. Left State for Memphis, Tenn., December 1, 1862. Attached to 1st Brigade, 9th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 9th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Gulf to September, 1863. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to November, 1863. 2nd Brigade. Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, District of Baton Rouge, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1865. Dept. of Texas to October, 1865.

SERVICE - Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28, 1862. Chickasaw Bluffs December 29. Yazoo River January 2, 1863. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17-23, and duty there till March 9. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 9. Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31 - April 17. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Thompson's Hill, Port Gibson, May 1. Champion's Hill May 16. Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18 - July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. At Black River Bridge May 24 - July 6. Regiment mounted June 10. Edwards' Ferry July 1 (Detachment). Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 6-10. Near Clinton July 8 (Detachment). Near Jackson July 9. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Raid to Brookhaven July 17-20. Brookhaven July 18. At Vicksburg July 25 - August 8. Moved to Port Hudson August 8-9, thence to Carrollton, La., August 15-16, and to Bayou Boeuf September 5-7. To Brashear City September 16. Western Louisiana Campaign October 3 - November 30. Regiment mounted October 11, 1863. Vermillionville October 15. Carrion Crow Bayou October 16-20. Grand Coteau October 19. Reconnaissance toward Opelousas October 20. Barrie's Landing, Opelousas, October 21. Scouting and skirmishing about Opelousas October 22-30. Washington October 24. Bayou Bourbeaux November 2. Carrion Crow Bayou November 3. Bayou Sara November 9. Near Vermillionville November 11. At New Iberia November 15 - December 18. Camp Pratt November 20. Scout to Vermillion Bayou November 22-23. Scout to St. Martinsville December 2-3. Moved to Donaldsonville December 18-23, thence to Port Hudson January 3-7, and duty there till July 3, 1864. On scout January 12. Capture of Jackson, Miss., February 10. Skirmish February 16. Raid to Bayou Sara and skirmish February 22. Raid to Jackson March 3. Skirmishes March 26-28, April 1 and 5, May 15, June 13 and 17. Bayou Grosse Tete March 30 and April 2. Plains Store April 7. Redwood Bayou May 3. Moved to Baton Rouge July 3. Operations about Baton Rouge July 3-25. Expedition to Davidson's Ford, near Clinton, July 17-18. Olive Branch August 5. Lee's Expedition to Clinton August 23-29. Comite River and Clinton August 25. Hodge's Plantation September 11. Expedition to Amite River, New River and Bayou Manchac October 2-8. Expedition to Clinton, Greensburg, etc., October 5-9. Lee's Expedition to Brookhaven, Miss., November 14-21.  Liberty November 18. Davidson's Expedition to West Pascagoula against Mobile & Ohio R. R. November 27 - December 13. Outpost duty at Baton Rouge till May 22, 1865. Expedition west of Mississippi River February 2-3. Expedition to Olive Branch, La., March 1-10. Provost duty at Baton Rouge till October. Expedition to Clinton and Comite River March 30 - April 2. Mustered out October 1. Moved to Camp Butler, Ill., October 2-10.

Discharged October 13, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 21 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 182 Enlisted men by disease. Total 207.

 Transcribed by Susan Tortorelli

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