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HISTORY

OF THE

EIGHTY SIXTH REGIMENT

ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,

DURING ITS TERM OF SERVICE.

By J. R. KINNEAR,

Cruger, Woodford County, Illinois.

CHICAGO: TRIBUNE COMPANY'S BOOK AND JOB PRINTING OFFICE.

1866.

TO THE

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN

OF THE

EIGHTY SIXTH REGIMENT

ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,

This volume is respectfully dedicated, by

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

The history of the Eighty sixth Illinois was written in part while the regiment was yet in the service, merely for the gratification of a personal desire; but since its muster out, the author has been frequently urged by many of his friends to have it published, that they might share what he alone enjoyed. He complied with an earnest request from Colonel Fahnestock to meet himself, General Magee, Major Thomas, Dr. Guth, Captain Zinser and others at Peoria, to have the manuscript examined before publication. It was met by their hearty approval, and an eager desire on their part to have it published; at the same time giving the assurance that they would lend their whole influence in getting it before the public. For these reasons the author has been induced to present this little volume to his comrades and friends, in the hope that it will receive their hearty welcome.

The history of the Eighty sixth is also the history of the 85th, 125th and 110th Illinois, together with the 52nd Ohio and 22nd Indiana, all of the same brigade. Particular mention has been made of these regiments, for they were to the Eighty sixth a band of faithful brothers.

The author acknowledges himself indebted to Colonel Fahnestock, Major Thomas, Captain Major, and Acting Adjutant Loveland, for the kind assistance and encouragement they have given him in preparing this history for publication, and to them he attributes the merit of this work, if it possesses merit.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

ORGANIZATION AND MARCH TO NASHVILLE ABOUT NASHVILLE 9 18

CHAPTER II.

MARCH TO CHATTANOOGA THE BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA 19 28

CHAPTER III.

MISSION RIDGE AND KNOXVILLE 29 36

CHAPTER IV.

ABOUT CHATTANOOGA 37 46

CHAPTER V.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ATLANTA 47 71

CHAPTER VI.

TO THE REAR 72 78

CHAPTER VII.

RAID TO THE SEA 79 91

CHAPTER VIII.

RAID THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA BATTLES OF AVERYSBORO AND BENTONVILLE 92 108

CHAPTER IX.

CAPTURE OF JOHNSTON'S ARMY 109 114

CHAPTER X.

HOMEWARD BOUND 115 125

REGIMENTAL ROSTER 126 128

CAPTAIN BURKHALTER'S ADVENTURE 129 130

SOLDIERS' LETTERS 131 132

BATTLE 133 134

FARMING IN THE SOUTH 135 137

REBEL LETTER 138 139

HISTORY.

CHAPTER I.

ORGANIZATION, AND MARCH TO NASHVILLE ABOUT NASHVILLE.

The Eighty sixth Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry was organized at Peoria in the latter part of August, 1862. David D. Irons was made Colonel; David W. Magee, Lieutenant Colonel; J. S. Bean, Major, and J. E. Prescott, Adjutant.

On the 26th of August the captains of the several companies drew lots for the letters of their companies, and on the next day the regiment was mustered into the United States service for the period of three years or during the war. On the 29th of the same month it received one month's pay, amounting to thirteen dollars. Nothing more of importance occurred until the 6th of September, when the regiment drew its guns and its first suit of army blue. While at Peoria the Eighty sixth was rendezvoused at Camp Lyon, a name given it by Colonel Irons... Continue reading book >>




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