71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Colour-bearers of the 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry

Brief History

The 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglass, Chicago, Illinois, July 26, 1862. It was stationed at Little Obion Bridge (3 Cos.) and mustered out October 29, 1862[1].

For more information on the history of the 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

Wikipedia, (accessed 30 Dec 2010) article on the 71st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The Civil War Archive. (accessed 30 Dec 2010) Brief history of the 71st 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 Vermilion County - Vermilion County web site -

Company B - many men from Carroll and Stephenson counties - Carroll and Stephenson county web sites -

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

Company D - many men from Rock Island County - Rock Island County web site -

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

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

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

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

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

Company K - many men from Perry and Hamilton counties - Perry and Hamilton county web sites -

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).