59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History

The 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at St. Louis, Missouri, as the 9th Missouri Infantry, on September 18, 1861. They stayed at New Braunfels, Texas, until December, then mustered out on December 8, 1865[1].

For more information on the history of the 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 23 Dec 2010) article on the 59th Illinois Volunteer 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.

br> The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Illinois Civil War Rosters website. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives website. 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 Knox County - Knox County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 135-138.

Company B - many men from Edgar and Warren counties - Edgar and Warren county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 138-141.

Company C - many men from McDonough County - McDonough County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 142-145.

Company D - many men from Cook and Madison counties - Cook and Madison county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 145-148.

Company E - many men from St Clair County - St. Clair County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 148-152.

Company F - many men from Cook and Cumberland counties - Cook and Cumberland  county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 152-155.

Company G - many men from Greene County - Greene County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 155-159. 

Company H - many men from Coles and Edgar counties - Coles and Edgar county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 160-163.

Company I - many men from Macoupin County - Macoupin County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 163-166.

Company K - many men from Cook County (Also known as Chicago Sappers and Miners) - Cook County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 166-170.

Unassigned recruits - Roster, vol. 4, page 170.

Other Sources



  • 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 59th-64th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488476. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • Wood, John and Illinois. Quartermaster General's Dept.; Illinois. General Assembly. Abstracts of Issues to Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, Sixtieth, Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Regiments of Infantry. (Springfield, Ill. : Baker & Phillips, Printers, c1865.) Other libraries with this book. Report of the Quartermaster General of the State of Illinois.
  • Vance, Joseph W and Illinois. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, 1861-1866 .(Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957, 1980).FHL CollectionFHL US/CAN Film 1670784. Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives.Rosters of officers, enlisted men, and historical memoranda of the regiments.


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