Friday, May 22, 2009

53rd Illinois Infantry

Organized at Ottawa, Ill., January, 1862. Moved to Chicago, Ill., February 27, 1862, and duty there till March 23, guarding prisoners. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 23-April 7. Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, District of Memphis, Tenn., to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, District of Jackson, Tenn., to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. March to Memphis, Tenn., via Grand Junction, La Grange, Holly Springs, etc., June 1-July 21, and duty at Memphis till September 6. Moved to Bolivar, Tenn., September 6-13. March to relief of Corinth, Miss., October 4. Battle of Hatchie River (or Metamora) October 6. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central R. It. November 2, 1862, to January 10, 1863. Reconnoissance from La Grange to Lamar, Miss., November 5. Worsham Creek November 6. At Moscow, Tenn., and guarding Memphis & Charleston R. R. January to March, 1863. Skirmishes near Moscow February 9 and 18. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., March 11, and duty there till May 17. Moved to Young's Point, La., May 17-20. Siege of Vicksburg May 20-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Assault on Jackson July 12. Duty at Vicksburg till August 15. Moved to Natchez, Miss., August 15, and duty there till November 30. Moved to Vicksburg November 30. At Milldale till February 1, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Pearl River February 27. Regiment veteranize January 1, 1864. Veterans on furlough March and April. Moved to Bird's Point, thence to Clifton, Tenn., and march to Ackworth, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., April 28-June 8. Ordered to Allatoona Pass June 8, and duty there building fortifications till July 13. Rejoined army at Marietta and duty there till November. Skirmish at Decatur July 20-21. Shadna Church and Westbrook's October 2. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Oconee River November 26. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps, S.C., February 2-5. River's Bridge, Salkehatchie River, February 3. Binnaker's Bridge, South Edisto River, February 9. Orangeburg, North Edisto River, February 11-12. Columbia February 15-17. Cheraw March 3. Fayetteville, N. C., March 11. Battle of Bentonville March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 6. Mustered out July 22, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 80 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 137 Enlisted men by disease. Total 227.

SOURCE: Dyer , Frederick H., A Compendium Of The War Of The Rebellion, Part 3, p. 1070


Patrick G. Whalen said...

If you or anyone else would like more information on the 53d Illinois Infantry, I am compiling as much of it as I can here:

Jim Miller said...

Patrick, I don't know if you have previously seen this, but my Great Grandmother's brother, William Cottew, was a member of Company D, 53rd Illinois Infantry. You can find his biographical information here: