History of the Fortieth Illinois Inf.

Originally published Sargent E.J. Hunt, Pub. by H.S. Bosworth, Cincinatti, 1864, 198 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:

Wednesday, Jan. 7 th. We were up and started at eight o clock, A. M., marching finely until the sun, getting high up in the heavens, thawed the frozen earth, which made the roads very slippery. We came into Wolf river bottoms about noon, and had a consider able portion of the road to repair, before the artillery was able to cross; after which, we encamped on the side of that stream, near by a high hill.
Thursday, Jan. 8th. This was a rainy, unpleasant day. We remained at the same place, while the teams were sent out after forage.

From the Illinois Adjutant General's Report:

The FORTIETH INFANTRY (40 th Inf) was enlisted from the counties of Franklin, Hamilton, Wayne, White, Wabash, Marion, Clay and Fayette. The Regiment, with ten companies, reported at Springfield, Ill., and on the 10th of August 1861, was mustered into the service for three years. Moved to Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Aug 13, and remained there until the 30th of the same month, when the Regiment was moved to Bird's Point; thence to Paducah, Ky., Sept. 8, 1861. Here eight companies encamped during the winter, drilling and doing guard duty; two, A and F were detached doing like duty at Smithland, Ky. While at Paducah the Twelfth, Fortieth and Fortyfirst Regiments of Illinois Volunteers, and Buell's Battery were organized into a Brigade, commanded by General E. A. Payne. In March 1862, General Sherman organized the Fortieth Illinois, Forty-sixth Ohio and Morton's Battery into a Brigade commanded by Colonel Hicks, of the Fortieth Illinois, the Fortieth in command of Lieutenant Colonel Booth.

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.

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