The Fiftieth Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Quincy, Illinois, in the month of August, 1861, by Colonel Moses M. Bane, and mustered into United States’ service September 12, 1861, by Captain T. G. Pitcher, U.S.A.

October 9, moved to Hannibal, Missouri. 19th, to Chillicothe. November 27, to St. Joseph, reporting to Colonel R. F. Smith, commanding post. December 19, to Palmyra. 24th to St. Joseph.

January 21, 1862, ordered to Cairo, Illinois, and from thence to Smithland, Kentucky, whence the Regiment reported to Colonel Lauman, January 28.

February 6, marched into Fort Henry. 12th, formed a part of Colonel John Cook’s Third Brigade, of the Second Division, and moved against Fort Donelson. Took an active part, February 13, 14 and 15, at Fort Donelson. 22d, occupied Clarksville, Tenn. 28th, arrived at Nashville. Remained on board the boat and returned to Clarksville, March 1.

March 25th, ordered to Pittsburgh Landing, and landed at that place, 31st.Engaged in the battle of Shiloh, April 6 and 7. Engaged in the siege of Corinth, May 1862. June 4, under Major General John Pope, pursued the enemy as far as Booneville, Mississippi. Returned to Camp near Corinth, June 10. October 3, moved out against the enemy, who was approaching under Price, Van Dorn and Villipique. 5th, engaged in the battle of Corinth. Pursued the enemy as far as Ruckersville, Mississippi. October 12, returned to Corinth.

December 18, went on scout to Lexington, Tennessee. April 15, 1863, moved toward Tuscumbia, Alabama. Had a skirmish at Bear Creek, 17th; also at Cherokee, and at Newsome’s Farm. 24th, camped at Tuscumbia. 27th, moved toward Town Creek, and fought the enemy under General Forrest, at Town Creek, on the 28th. On the 29th, (General Streight having got well on the road for Georgia) the Regiment returned to Tuscumbia, and, on the 3d of May, arrived at Corinth.

October 11, General Dodge, commanding Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, ordered the Brigade, Colonel Bane commanding, to Lagrange, Tennessee. 17th, returned to Corinth. November 6, moved to Eastport, and crossed the Tennessee River at midnight. Passed through Waterloo on the 7th, Lauderdale and Lexington on the 10th, Pulaski on the 12th, and camped at Lynnville.

November 17, Regiment was mounted, by order of Major General Dodge.

January 1, 1864, three-fourths of the men of the Regiment re-enlisted, and were mustered January 16, and started for Illinois, for the veteran furlough.

February 28, moved from Quincy, and March 5, arrived at Lynnville. 13th ordered to Athens, Alabama. 15th, moved to Decatur Junction. 22d, crossed the Tennessee River to Decatur. 27th, re-crossed to Decatur Junction. 31st, moved to Moorsville.

April 12, moved to Athens, Alabama. 30th, moved to Chattanooga, via Larkinsville. May 5, marched to Chickamauga Creek and camped near Lee and Gordon’s Mills.8th, camped in Snake Creek Gap. 9th, moved to Resaca and returned. 13th, moved to Resaca. 14th, to Calhoun Ferry. 15th, to Lay’s Ferry, and crossed Oostanaula River. 17th, met the enemy at a cross-road, near the river, and, after some fighting, drove him from the field–the Regiment losing 1 man killed and 7 wounded. 19th, arrived at Kingston. 22nd, at Rome.

June 20, Colonel Bane having resigned, Brigadier William Vandever took command of the Brigade. July 3, one hundred and fifty men from the Brigade and one hundred of First Alabama Cavalry, made an expedition to Cedar Town, Major Hanna, of the Fiftieth, commanding, and returned, and on the 6th, to Cave Springs, and returned, both times capturing prisoners and horses.

In August, Colonel Rowett, of the Seventh Illinois Infantry, took command of the Brigade.

September 27, the Second Division, Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, Brigadier General John M. Corse commanding, was transferred to Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps. 29th, the non-veterans of the Regiment were started home, for muster-out.

October 4, took cars for Allatoona, at 8 o’clock P.M.; arrived at midnight. At daylight skirmishing commenced, and by 10 o’clock the whole force was fiercely engaged with Hood’s Army. The enemy was repulsed. The Regiment lost 87 killed, wounded and missing. Lieutenant Colonel Hana, and Assistant Suurgeon A. G. Pickett were wounded.

October 13, Lieutenant Colonel Hurlbut commanding Brigade, and Captain Horn commanding Regiment, it moved out on Cave Spring road, and met the enemy six miles out, with two pieces of artillery. It drove them four miles, and returned to Rome.

November 10, 1864, moved toward Atlanta. 15th, left Atlanta. 20th, crossed the Ocmulgee. 26th, crossed Oconee, at Ball’s Ferry. December 7th, crossed the Ogeechee at Mt. Vernon Road. 10th, met the enemy at Little Ogeechee. 16th, went foraging to McIntosh, 30 miles from Savannah.

January 27, moved up Savannah River, crossing at Sister’s Ferry, February 4. 12th, crossed North Ediston. 14th, camped near Congaree Creek. 16th, crossed Saluda River. 17th, crossed Congaree River, and entered Columbia. 22d, crossed Wateree. 26th, crossed Lynch’s Creek. March 5 and 6, did provost duty in Cheraw. 12th, arrived at Fayetteville. 18th, built barricades at Newton’s Grove. 20th and 21st, fought the enemy at Bentonville, losing 2 killed and 14 wounded. 24th, marched through Goldsboro.

April 10, Colonel Hanna commanding Brigade moved to Raleigh. 14th, reviewed by General Sherman, as it marched through Raleigh. 16th, moved to Morrisville, and, on surrender of Johnson, returned to Raleigh. April 29, 1865, moved northward, via Petersburg, Manchester and Richmond, and camped at Alexandria, 20th May. May 24, participated in the grand review at Washington, and camped near Soldier’s Home.

June 3, moved via Packersburg, Virginia, to Louisville, Kentucky, arriving on the 8th. July 3, in the prize drill between Sixty-third Illinois, Seventh Iowa Infantry and Fiftieth Illinois, the Regiment won the prize banner.

July 13th, mustered out of United States’ service by Captain W. B. Guthrie, Eighty-first Ohio Volunteers and A. C. M. Arrived at Camp Butler, Illinois, July 14, 1865, for final payment and discharge. 1)History from the Adjutant General’s Report.

Name and Rank Residence Date of Rank
or Enlistment
John W. Smith Clayton Sept. 12, 1861 Resigned June 1, 1862 and later (in 1864) served as Captain in Co. B, 137th Illinois Infantry.
Henry E. Horn Clayton June 1, 1862 MO Dec. 20, 1864
John Dunlap Concord Dec. 20, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
First Lieutenants:
Henry E. Horn Clayton Sept. 12, 1861 Promoted
William E. Harbison Clayton June 1, 1862 Resigned Sept. 15, 1864
John Dunlap Concord Sept. 15, 1864 Promoted
John D. Ruddell Liberty Dec. 20, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Second Lieutenants:
William H. Harbison Clayton Sept. 12, 1861 Promoted
John W. Anderson Clayton June 1, 1862 MO July 27, 1865
John D. Ruddell Liberty Apr. 11, 1865 Promoted
William H. B. Hinson Clayton July 10, 1865 MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
First Sergeant:
James W. Anderson Clayton Aug. 20, 1861 Promoted 2d Lt.
James F. Wells McKee Aug. 20, 1861 Disch. June 22, 1862, Disability
John Dunlap Concord Re-enlisted as veteran
Erastus P. Julian North East Disch. May 24, 1862, Disability
James Henry Clayton Promoted Sgt. Major
George D. Milby Clayton Aug. 20, 1861 Died Clayton, IL., June 1862
John D. Ruddell Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
Alexander J. Scott North East Killed at Shiloh, April 6,1862
Edmund O. Yeldell Concord Re-enlisted as veteran
Leopold Purpose Buckhorn Died Corinth, May 31,1862, wounds
William H. B. Hinson Clayton Re-enlisted as veteran
William T. Boyles Clayton Disch. July 28,1862,Disability
Jacob F. Carter North East Disch. Sept.6,1862,wounds
George Thomas Pea Ridge Trans. 56th IL Inf. in 1862
Elias Orton Concord MO Sept. 27, 1864
Archibald Scott Adams County Disch. May24,1862,Disability
Anderson, Cornelius Concord Aug. 20, 1861 MO Sept. 27, 1864
Bagley, Silas H. McKee ?
Bowermaster, John North East Re-enlisted as veteran
Bothram, James W. Concord Disch.Aug.26,1862,Disability
Burk, Jasper C. North East Re-enlisted as veteran
Billings, William H. Clayton
Cassell, Gabriel Concord
Cassell, Abraham McKee
Clark, John L. Concord
Cannon, Minus W. Clayton
Cannon, Joseph H. Clayton ?
Christen, Martin Tyler Co., VA Re-enlisted as veteran
Cain, Joseph Concord
Dunlap, Thomas H. Concord
Davis, Hezekiah Concord Died at Hamburg, TN
Davis, Abraham Concord MO Sept. 27, 1864
Dean, William North East Disch.June13,1862,Disability
Durbin, James McKee Re-enlisted as veteran
Davis, Washington J. Keokuk, Iowa Re-enlisted as veteran
Drew, William C. Quincy Disch.Aug.25,1862,Disability
Easton, James Clarion, PA Re-enlisted as veteran
Ewing, Robert M. Clayton
Farmer, William Pea Ridge
Fry, Isaac S. McKee Died Feb. 18, 1862, wounds
Fowler, James H. Concord Re-enlisted as veteran
Gill, Frederick Lee
Gross, John D. Clayton
Gaddies, Norman W. North East Died at Corinth, July 25, 1862
Griffith, Frederick A. Dane County, WI MO Sept. 27, 1864
Giese, Adolphus Pea Ridge
Griffith, Theodore Pulaski Promoted Sergeant Major
Hicks, Landsay Concord Re-enlisted as veteran
Huddleston, William Concord Disch. June 13,1863,Disability
Huddleston, Peter North East Re-enlisted as veteran
Julian, Robert B. North East Died at Corinth Dec. 10, 1862
Johnson, David M. Concord MO Sept. 27, 1864
Kemp, John Concord Died Clayton, IL., May 18,1862
Kemp, David McKee Re-enlisted as veteran
Ketzley, Lorenzo Pea Ridge
Kindhart, Conrad McKee Disch. Jan1,1864Re-enl.1st MO
Laughlin, David Clayton Re-enlisted as veteran
Long, Joseph T. Lee Disch.Jan1,1864,Re-enl 1st MO
Lambert, Stephen H. Pea Ridge MO Sept. 27, 1864
Lathrop, Preston McKee Re-enlisted as veteran
McMurray, Thomas C. Clayton MO Sept. 27, 1864
Miller, Abraham Lee
Merritt, Thomas M. Huntsville Re-enlisted as veteran
Martin, William Concord ?
Orton, Warren Concord Re-enlisted as veteran
Pyle, Elbert Pea Ridge MO Sept. 27, 1864
Remley, William Camp Point
Smith, Lewis D. McKee Died McKee, IL., in 1864
Smith, Isaac N. H. McKee Re-enlisted as veteran
Slater, Lewis C. Schuyler Co.
Shreve, Hannibal Cream Ridge, MO
Shank, John Pea Ridge
Smith, James M. McKee
Thompson, Thomas Elkhorn Died at Corinth, June 27, 1862
Thompson, Daniel H. L. North East Re-enlisted as veteran
Tingey, William Concord MO Sept. 27, 1864
Walker, Virgil A. North East Re-enlisted as veteran
Wardwell. John E. McKee
Yeldell, John H. Concord Disch. May 4, 1862
Bowermaster, John North East Dec. 28, 1863 MO July 13, 1865
Burke, Jasper C. North East
Billings, William H. Clayton
Clark, John L. Concord
Cannon, Minus W. Clayton
Christen, Martin Adams County Killed near Resaca, May 16,1864
Crum, Albert Huston MO July 13, 1865
Cain, Joseph Concord
Cassell, Gabriel Concord MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Cassell, Abraham G. McKee MO July 13, 1865
Durbin, James McKee
Davis, Washington Adams County Promoted 1st Sgt, then 1st Lt.
Dunlap, John Concord MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Dunlap, Thomas H. Concord MO July 13, 1865
Easton, James Adams County MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Ewing, Robert M. Clayton MO July 13, 1865
Farmer, William Adams County
Fowler, James H. Concord
Gross, John D. Clayton
Gill, Frederick Adams County
Huddleston, Peter North East
Hicks, Linsey J. Concord
Hinson, William H. Clayton MO July 13, 1865 as 1st Sgt
Henry, James Clayton Jan. 5, 1864 Prom. Sgt. Major Jan.5,1864
Knight, William Clayton Dec. 28, 1863 MO July 13, 1865 on furlough
Ketzley, George Adams County MO July 13, 1865
Ketzley, Lorenzo Adams County
Kemp, David McKee MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Lathrop, Preston Clayton Dec. 30, 1863 MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Laughlin, David Clayton Dec. 28, 1863
Merritt, Thomas M. Adams County MO July 13, 1865
Orton, Warren Concord MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Poe, Lemuel G. Adams County Killed Allatoona,Ga,Oct.5,1864
Ruddell, John D. Liberty Prom Sgt,1st Sgt.,1st LT
Smith, Isaac, N.H. Clayton Dec.30, 1863 MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Shreve, Hannibal Adams County Dec. 28, 1863 MO July 13, 1865
Shank, John Adams County
Smith, John M. McKee
Slater, Lewis C. Adams County MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Taylor, Edwin M. Livingston, MO MO July 13, 1865
Thompson, Daniel A. L. North East Wounded at MO of Reg.
Walker, Virgil A. North East MO July 13, 1865
Wardwell, John E. McKee MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Yeldell, Edmund O. Concord MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Bagley, Alexander M. McKee Nov. 16, 1861 MO Dec. 6, 1864
Burke, George W. Elm Grove Aug. 12, 1862 Disch. May 26, 1865
Balfour, William H. North East Feb. 8, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Bennett, William J. Concord Feb. 5, 1864
Burke, Andrew B. North East Feb. 28, 1865
Bennett, Samuel H. ? Oct. 3, 1863
Cheney, James ? Nov. 1, 1861 Died Quincy, IL., Dec. 16,1861
Crum, Albert ? Nov. 16, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Cassell, Anderson N. Concord Feb. 5, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Curry, Simpson Clayton Mar. 1, 1864
Dorsett, David W. Clayton July 31, 1862 Disch. May 26, 1863
Degroot, John B. North East Feb. 24, 1864 MO July 2, 1865
Dodd, Charles B. Clayton Mar. 7, 1865 MO July 13, 1865
Dodd, John H. Concord Jan. 1, 1863
Gunnings, Charles ? Nov. 27, 1861 Died Pittsburgh, May 1, 1862
Gage, Hiram North East Aug. 20, 1861 ?
Gilbreth, Cicero Clayton July 30, 1862 ?
Hanna, John D. Clayton ?
Harbison, James S. Quincy Aug. 11, 1862 Died Corinth, MS
Hockiday, Samuel Quincy Aug. 30, 1862 ?
Hackney, James M. North East Feb. 24, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Hackstadt, William Augusta Feb. 9, 1864
Hamilton, William Concord Oct. 24, 1864
Hughes, William J. North East Feb. 28, 1865 MO July 19, 1865
Kentzley, George ? Nov. 16, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Knight, William Clayton Nov. 27, 1861
Kinehart, John H. Mound Station Jan. 20, 1862 Died Louisville,Apr.1,1862
Lane, John ? Jan. 1, 1862 Absent, sick since Mar.23,1862
Laferty, Robert N. ? Oct. 1, 1863 MO July 13, 1865
McMurray, George M. ? Aug. 19, 1862 Disch. May 26, 1865
Northent, John W. ? Jan. 20, 1862 Disch. June 22, 1862
Nookes, Alsie B. Concord Feb. 24, 1864 MO July 15, 1865, was pris.
Norton, William H. Concord Feb. 5, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Orton, Clark Clayton Mar. 7, 1865
Poe, Lemuel G. ? Nov. 7, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Prutzman, John B. Clayton Feb. 5, 1864 Disch. May15,1865, wounds
Rice, Jacob H. North East Jan. 20, 1862 MO at expiration of term
Robbins, James L. Clayton July 30, 1862 Died Jefferson Bar’ks, MO
Robbins, Ahr North East Disch. May 26, 1865
Reaugh, John T. Concord Feb. 5, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Robbins, John W. North East Feb. 24, 1864 Died Monticello,GA,Nov.21,1864
Stout, Wesley J. ? Nov. 16, 1861 Disch. May 21, 1862
Stokoe, John H. ? Nov. 16, 1861 Deserted May 24, 1863
Scott, Francis North East July 30, 1862 Disch. May 26, 1865
Sweed, Edward Lee Feb. 12, 1864 MO June 24, 1865, was pris.
Scoggan, Isham A. Lee Feb. 11, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Scoggan, James A. Lee MO July 12, 1865, was pris.
Scoggan, Younger A. Lee MO July 13, 1865
Scoggan, Taylor Lee
Taylor, Edwin M. Marietta, OH Nov. 1, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Thompson, William ? Disch. July 18, 1862
Walker, Marcus D. North East Feb. 24, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Walker, Jesse B. Walker Jan. 29, 1864
Yeldell, Robert C. Concord Feb. 24, 1864


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1. History from the Adjutant General’s Report.
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