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119th Illinois Infantry

Dyer's Regimental History

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


Organized at Quincy, Ill., and mustered in October 7, 1862. Ordered to Columbus, Ky., thence to Jackson, Tenn., and duty along Mobile & Ohio R. R. till December, 1862. Attached to District of Jackson, Tenn., 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. District of Columbus, Ky., 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, District of Jackson, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 4th Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., 5th Division, 15th Army Corps, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 16th Army Corps, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Detachment Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to August, 1865.

SERVICE - Company "G" captured at Rutherford Station and Company "K" at Dyer's Station December 21, 1862, Duty at Columbus, Ky., and at Union City, Tenn., till February, 1863. Moved to Humboldt, Huntington and Memphis, Tenn., and guard railroad near Memphis till May 30. Moved to Memphis and Post duty there till January, 1864. Ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., January 21, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3 - March 2. Queen Hill February 4. Meridian February 14-15. Red River Campaign March 10 May 22. Fort DeRussy March 14. Occupation of Alexandria, La., March 16. Battle of Pleasant Hill April 9. Natchitoches April 20-21. About Cloutiersville April 22-24. At Alexandria April 26 - May 13. Bayou La Mourie May 7. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. Mansura May 16. Yellow Bayou May 18. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., thence to Memphis, Tenn., May 21 - June 10. Lake Chicot, Ark., June 6. Defeat of Marmaduke. Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Camargo's Cross Roads, near Harrisburg, July 13. Harrisburg, near Tupelo, July 14-15. Old Town (or Tishamingo) Creek July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Tallahatchie River August 7-9. Abbeville August 23. Mower's Expedition to Brownsville, Ark., September 2-10. March through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price September 17 - November 19. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., November 21 - December 1. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Eastport, Miss., and duty there till February, 1865. Movement to New Orleans, La., February 8-26. To Dauphin Island March 6. Campaign against Mobile and its defenses March 17 - April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26 - April 8, Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Return to Mobile and duty there till August.

Mustered out August 26, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officer and 22 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 130 Enlisted men by disease. Total 157.

 Transcribed by Susan Tortorelli

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