16th Illinois Cavalry Regiment

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16th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois flag
Active December 25, 1862, to August 31, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements Battle of Resaca
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville

The 16th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 16th Illinois Cavalry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, between January and April 1863 from numerous independent companies of Illinois cavalry.

The regiment mustered out on August 19, 1865 .

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 3 officers and 30 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 228 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 262 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Christian Thielemann - discharged August 9, 1864.[2]
  • Colonel Robert Wilson Smith

Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilcav2.htm#16th The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. ^ http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/cav016-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls