36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry
The 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Aurora, Illinois, and mustered in September 23, 1861. It mustered out October 8 and discharged at Springfield, Illinois, October 27, 1865. 
For more information on the history of the 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:
- Wikipedia (accessed 26 July 2011) An article and links for the 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
- Newspaper Collection of thirty Elgin newspaper reports of the 36th IL and their travels from Boot Camp (September 1962) through Perryville Battle (August 1862). Courtesy of the Algonquin Historic Commission.
- The Civil War Archive (accessed 26 July 2011) Brief history of the 60th Regiment Infantry.
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 Cook and Kane counties - Cook and Kane county web site - Roster, vol. 3, pages 5-7.
(Company A went by other names such as Hamilton's Escort, Jenks' Cavalry Company or Dragoons, Rosecrans' Escort, and Willis' Cavalry Company.)
(Company B went by other names such as Davis' Escort, Sherer's Cavalry Company, Dragoons, and Smith's Cavalry Company.)
- Company C - many men from Warren and Lawrence counties - Warren and Lawrence county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 10-13.
- Company F - many men from Kane and Kendall counties - Kane and Kendall county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 19-22.
- Company K - many men from DuPage and Kane counties - DuPage and Kane county web sites - Roster, vol. 3, pages 30-33.
- Unassigned Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 33.
- Unassigned Drafted and Substitute Recruits - Roster, vol. 3, page 34.
- 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.
- Illinois Civil War Rosters from the Adjutant General's Report, 36th Regiment (accessed 10 May 2011) includes rosters of all the regiments and information on the different companies in each regiment.
- Illinois State Archives - Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database (accessed 14 June 2011). Search by residence, unit, regiment, company or soldier.
- The ILGenWeb Civil War Scrapbook, (accessed 26 July 2011) contains links to various documents such as personal letters, military papers, articles, histories, obituaries, biographies, etc. Documents are listed by regiment, then by the soldier and his company.
- Bennett, L. G., and Wm. M. Haigh. History of the Thirty-Sixth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, During the War of the Rebellion. (Aurora, Ill: Knickerbocker & Hodder, printers and binders, 1876).FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084230 Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives.
- Benson, Wallace P. A Soldier's Diary Diary of Wallace P. Benson of Company H, 36th Illinois Volunteers. ([Illinois?]: Printed by his sons, F.R. Benson and E.L. Benson, 1919).FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084231. Other libraries with this book. View online at the Old Algonquin web site. (accessed 26 July 2011)
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 10 May 2011).