120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History


The 120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, by consolidation of 7 Companies recruited for 120th Infantry at Vienna, Illinois, and 3 Companies recruited for the 132nd Infantry at Shawneetown, Illinois.  It was mustered in October 28, 1862.
MThey mustered out September 7, 1865. [1].


Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin

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 Pope County - Pope County web site -
  • Company B - many men from Johnson County - Johnson County web site -
  • Company C - many men from Johnson County - Johnson County web site -
  • Company D - many men from Gallatin County - Gallatin County web site -
  • Company E - many men from Pope County - Pope County web site -
  • Company F - many men from Saline County - Saline County web site -
  • Company G - many men from Johnson and Williamson counties - Johnson and Williamson county web sites -
  • Company H - many men from Gallatin and White counties - Gallatin and White county web sites -
  • Company I - many men from Johnson County - Johnson County web site -
  • Company K - many men from Johnson County - Johnson County web site -
  • Unassigned Recruits


Other Sources

WEB SITES

  • Illinois State Archives - Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database (accessed 14 June 2011). Search by residence, unit, regiment, company or soldier.


BOOKS AND FILMS


  • Hewett, Janet B and United States. War Department. Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Wilmington, North Carolina : Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001). Part II v. 12 (Union Infantry 50th-60th).FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 12. Other libraries with this book.
  • United States. War Department. Record and Pension Office. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations. (Washington, District of Columbia : The National Archives, c1964).FHL Collection 48th-53rd Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488474 . Other libraries with this microfilm.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).