14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry war organized at Jacksonville, Ill., and mustered in May 25, 1861. It mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, September 18, 1865. [1].

The 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry consolidated with 15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry on July 1, 1864 to form the Veteran Battalion, 14th and 15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry. On April 28, 1865, the battalion was reorganized into a regiment again with new recruits.[2]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Illinois Civil War Rosters web site. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks.

Company A - many men from Cass County - Cass County web site

Company B - many men from Shelby County - Shelby County web site

Company C - many men from Macoupin County - Macoupin County web site

Company D - many men from Greene County - Greene County web site

Company E - many men from Menard County - Menard County web site

Company F - many men from Jersey County - Jersey County web site

Company G - many men from Sangamon County - Sangamon County web site

Company H - many men from Christian County - Christian County web site

Company I - many men from Morgan County - Morgan County web site

Company K - many men from Scott County - Scott County web site

Unassigned Recruits

  • Information about the 14th (Reorganized) Illinois Infantry Regiment can be found at Illinois Civil War Rosters. (Scroll to the bottom of page.)

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 3,247 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Illinois in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Illinois in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Illinois, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Covington, James William. The Genealogy and Civil War diary of James William Covington (1838-1909): born in Zanesville, Ohio; died in Bardolph, Illinois: also the genealogy of his father, James B. Covington, born January 1791 in Delaware; died 1839 in Zanesville, Ohio. (Valley Center, California : V.P. Covington, 1987), FHL book 921.73 C838c
  • Smith, W. B. (William B.). On wheels and how I came there: a real story for real boys and girls, giving the personal experiences and observations of a fifteen year old Yankee boy as soldier and prisoner in the American Civil War. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1993)FHL 666903

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. Illinois GenWeb, 15th Illinois Infantry Regiment, (accessed 21 October 2011).