116th Illinois Infantry Regiment

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116th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Active September 30, 1862 – June 7, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Yazoo Pass Expedition
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Champion Hill
Siege of Vicksburg (May 19 and 22 assaults)
Chattanooga Campaign
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Dallas
Battle of New Hope Church
Battle of Allatoona
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Atlanta
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Sherman's March to the Sea
Carolinas Campaign
Battle of Bentonville

The 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

History[edit]

The 116th Illinois Infantry was organized in Decatur, Illinois, and mustered in for three years service on September 30, 1862, under the command of Colonel Nathan W. Tupper.

The regiment was attached to 4th Brigade, 5th Division, District of Memphis, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, November 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Memphis, XIII Corps, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Pass Expedition, to January 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to June 1865.

The 116th Illinois Infantry mustered out of service on June 7, 1865. The regiment lost a total of 295 men during its service; 7 officers and 49 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 7 officers and 232 enlisted men died of disease.

Commanders[edit]

  • Colonel Nathan W. Tupper

Notable members[edit]

  • Private Charles Earl Bowles, Company B - post-Civil War western stagecoach robber known as "Black Bart"
  • Sergeant Martin K. Davis, Company H - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[1][2]
  • Captain Nicholas Geschwind, Company F - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[1][2]
  • Private Andrew Johnson (soldier), Company G - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[1][2]
  • Private Charles W. Rundle, Company A - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[3][2]
  • Private Benjamin W. Schenck, Company D - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[3][2]
  • Corporal Benona Sprague, Company F - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[3][2]
  • Private Thomas J. Ward, Company C - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[3][2]
  • Private Andrew J Widick, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Vicksburg, May 22, 1863[3][2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (A-L)". www.history.army.mil. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Vicksburg Medal of Honor Recipients - Vicksburg National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
References
  • Bear, Henry Clay. The Civil War Letters of Henry C. Bear, a Soldier in the 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Harrogate, TN: Lincoln Memorial University Press), 1961. OCLC 3527732
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.

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