70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History

The 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler and mustered in July 4, 1862.It was assigned to guard duty at Camp Butler, Illinois, until October then mustered out on October 23, 1862[1].

For more information on the history of the 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

Wikipedia, (accessed 30 Dec 2010) article on the 70th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The Civil War Archive. (accessed 30 Dec 2010) Brief history of the 70th 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 Douglas County - Douglas County web site - Roster,  vol. 4, pages 490-491.

Company B - many men from Sangamon County - Sangamon County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 491- 493.

Company C - many men from Montgomery County - Montgomery County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 493-494.

Company D - many men from Fulton County - Fulton County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages 494-496.

Company E - many men from Sangamon, Macon, and Jefferson counties - Sanganmon, Macon and Jefferson county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages 496-

Company F - many men from St Clair and Sangamon counties - St Clair and Sangamon county web sites - Roster, vol. 4, pages

Company G - many men from Edgar and Clark counties - Edgar and Clark county web sites -  Roster, vol. 4, pages

Company H - many men from McLean County - McLean County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages

Company I - many men from Pike County - Pike County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages

Company K - many men from Lawrence County - Lawrence County web site - Roster, vol. 4, pages

Other Sources



  • Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois. Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. (Springfield, [Ill.]:Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, c1962).FHL Collection.FHL US/CAN Book 977.3 M2im and FHL US/CAN FIlm 6334558. Other libraries with this book.  Includes millitary units by county, infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments, including independent artillery.
  • 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 65th-75th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 1488477. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • 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).