Military History and Reminiscences of the Thirteenth Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry

in the civil war in the United States, 1861-1865

Originally published Committee of the Regiment, Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, Chicago, 1892, 672 pp. This is a reproduction on CD and is searchable.

If you are compiling your family genealogy and an ancestor served in the civil war, regimental histories can be useful for providing background on the life of your ancestor. You can experience the same excitement and boredom as your ancestor without being shot at. The histories often may contain a list of the men who served with you ancestor. Often the histories will contain a description of the battles and the day to day events as they march and camped.

For Example: Friday, June 27th. The regiment crossed the Black river by the pontoon bridge, and Comrade Hevenor says : "Moved up stream one mile and camped in a cypress swamp, between Black river and Horseshoe lake" The regiment remained in this camp one week. In the meantime Company I had not left Batesville for seven days after the regiment had gone. It had taken that time to complete and load the boats. Carr s Division, to which we belonged, was the real guard of the army, and Bowen s Cavalry was assigned as the escort of the boats, and was to move down the river on roads parallel to, and as near as possible, so as to be able to render such aid as might be necessary. The boats got away on the 3d of July, were at tacked on Friday, the 4th, at a point where the cavalry escort could not reach them on account of a cane-brake through which there was no road, and perfectly impenetrable by any animal larger than a hog. The cavalry distinctly heard heavy musketry firing for the space of half an hour, or so, and charged up and down the outside edge of that cane-brake, and were foiled at every point, and were extremely anxious for the safety of the boat s crew, and eagerly watched at the nearest point where the river could be approached from below.

From the Illinois Adjutant General's Report:

The THIRTEENTH REGIMENT ILLINOIS INFANTRY was one of the regiments organized under the act known as the Ten Regiment Bill. It was composed of companies as follows: "I" from Cook county, "H", from Kane county, "K", from Du Page county, "E" and "F" from DeKalb county, "A" and "C" from Lee county, "B" and "G" from Whiteside county, and "D" from Rock Island county. John B. Wyman of Amboy, was elected Colonel, B. F. Parks of Aurora, Lieutenant Colonel, and A. B. Gorges of Dixon, Major. The Regiment was mustered into the State service on the 21st day of April and into the United States service on the 24th of May 1861; for three years or during the war, by Captain John Pope, of the Regular Army, at Camp Dement, Dixon, Illinois. The Thirteenth was the first Regiment organized from the then Second Congressional District of the State, and was composed of as good citizens as Northern Illinois contained, many that enlisted as privates rising to field officers in later regiments. Its Colonel, John B. Wyman, organized and commanded the "Chicago Light Guards" the first Crack Corps the Garden City ever had, and he soon brought the Thirteenth to a degree of proficiency in drill and soldierly deportment that was never excelled by any regiment with which it was afterwards associated.

About the CD: This CD provides the genealogist the opportunity to have access to information from a book that is difficult to locate in the used book market. The CD was made by scanning an original copy of the book. Any defect such as notes in the margin or light text will also appear in the CD version. The CD requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file, the latest Windows version is included with the CD. The Mac & Window readers can also be downloaded from the Adobe website. The information on the CD can either be printed out and read in the traditional manner or viewed with your computer. When viewing on your screen the page size can be increased to make reading easier.The second scan on the right is at 200%. This CD is searchable and has a series of bookmarks making navigation through the file easier. The CD is packaged in a projective sleeve.

Book# = IL38

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