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
Thomas W. Gaines Payson Sept. 12, 1861 Promoted Major
William K. Hazelwood Payson Oct. 9, 1862 MO June 17, 1863 as 1st Lt.
John W. Rickart Richfield Oct. 9, 1862 MO July 13, 1865
First Lieutenants:
Henry Cusick Liberty Sept. 12, 1861 Resigned Apr. 1, 1862
William K. Hazelwood Payson Apr. 1, 1862 Detached
John W. Rickart Richfield Oct. 9, 1862
Charles H. Floyd Quincy Apr. 16, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Second Lieutenants:
William K. Hazelwood Payson Sept. 12, 1861 Promoted
Jesse C. Rodgers Payson Apr. 1, 1862 Resigned
Charles H. Floyd Quincy Oct. 22, 1862 Promoted
James S. Gayer Payson Apr. 16, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
First Sergeant:
Jesse C. Rodgers Payson Aug. 19, 1861 Promoted 2d Lt.
David Whitcomb Payson Aug. 19, 1861 Red. and Trans.CoK,Oct.1, 1862
James S. Gayer Payson Aug. 19, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Levi Shinn Payson
James Corbin Burton Trans Co. K, April 1, 1862
Charles H. Floyd Quincy Aug. 19, 1861 Prom. 2d Lt. from Sgt
Augustus P. Traver Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
Joseph W. Evans Richfield Disch. Dec. 1, 1863
William W. Pond Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
John W. Rickart Richfield Prom. 1st Lt. from Sgt.
William F. Bacon Liberty Disc. June 20, 1862
L. Mason Hibbard Payson ?
Alexander C. Cooper Richfield Re-enlisted as veteran
Barton Ruby Payson Aug. 19, 1861 MO Sept. 27, 1864
George W. Fahs Payson Re-enlisted as veteran
James M. Collins Payson Re-enlisted as veteran
Alexander, Hanson Payson Aug. 19, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Allen, Isaac Liberty MO Sept. 27, 1864 as Corporal
Allen, Nathan W. Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
Buck, James M. Payson
Blauser, Alexander Payson
Bradshaw, John H. Payson
Brennan, George Liberty
Buskirk, Perry Liberty Disch. June 19, 1862
Blivens, Benjamin B. Burton Disch. June 29, 1862
Behymer, Francis M. Richfield Re-enlisted as veteran
Butler, George H. Payson Prom. Lt. Co. C, 1st Ala. Inf., A, D
Colwell, John Liberty MO Sept. 27, 1864
Culp, Jasper Liberty Died St.Joseph,MO,Jan.16,1862
Cotle, John A. Payson Died St.Joseph,MO,Dec.23,1861
Culp, George W. Liberty Transferred to Co. K
Culp, Francis M. Liberty MO Sept. 27, 1864
Colwell, Robert Liberty Died Apr. 14, 1862, wounds
Corbin, Washington Burton Disch. Jul. 11, 1862
Childress, John J. Burton Tr. to Co. K, Feb. 10, 1862
Colwell, William Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
Chapman, William Quincy Disch. Nov. 28, 1862
Conner, Henry Liberty Disch. Aug. 26, 1862
Culp, Chesley W. Quincy Oct. 23. 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Foster, Lewis Payson Aug. 19. 1861 Disch. Aug. 26, 1862
Frey, Reuben Burton Re-enlisted as veteran
Foster, Lorenzo S. Beverly
Garty, John McGee MO Sept. 27, 1864
Gallaher, John Liberty Oct. 23, 1861 MO Oct. 22, 1864
Hardisty, Richard Barry Sept. 24, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Hubert, Charles F. Beverly Sept. 25, 1861
Hayden, George W. Quincy Sept. 28, 1861 Tr. to Co. K, Feb. 10, 1862
House, Thomas Richfield Sept. 17, 1861 Died St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 10, 1862
Howlem, Nicholas Payson Aug. 19, 1861 ?
Hall, Taylor T. Barry Disch. June 20, 1862
Hardisty, John Barry Disch. June 29, 1862
Hess, John B. McGee Re-enlisted as veteran
Harris, James W. Burton
Jimison, James Richfield
Larrimore, William Payson Died Apr.14, 1862, wounds
Lyon, Joseph H. Payson Re-enlisted as veteran
Lynthicum, Sylvester Payson Disch. June 22, 1862
Landon, Marquis A. Payson
Leaton, John Richfield Disch. July 6, 1862
McGloughlin, John W. Payson Re-enlisted as veteran
Morris, Richard Payson Disch. Oct. 15, 1862
McClelland, Lyman W. Richfield Aug. 19, 1861 MO Sept. 27, 1864
Mitts, William J. Burton Re-enlisted as veteran
Mitts, James A. Liberty
Manifold, John H. Burton Died Clarksville,TN, Mar. 20,1862
McManigle, William R. Bushnell Sept. 18, 1861 MO Sept. 27, 1864
Mercer, Robert W. Liberty Aug. 19, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Northup, William A. Liberty
Nelson, Matthew J. Beverly Died Corinth, May 21, 1862, wounds
Ogle, Isaac J. Beverly Re-enlisted as veteran
Robertson, George L. Payson Disch. June 18, 1862
Rutter, Joseph Payson Deserted May 28, 1862
Reed, James M. Beverly MO Sept. 27, 1864
Robb, James M. Liberty Re-enlisted as veteran
Rennicker, Noah Payson
Shinn, Montgomery Payson Died Apr. 17, 1862
Shinn, Oliver Payson Disch. Oct. 2, 1862
Sparks, William L. Liberty Disch. Apr. 29, 1862
Summers, Alva Payson Re-enlisted as veteran
Seybold, James Fairmount Disch. Aug. 9, 1862, old age
Stauffer, George W. Fairmount Re-enlisted as veteran
Summers, Jerry Payson Killed at Corinth,Oct.4,1864
Traver, George Liberty Oct. 23, 1861 Disch. Apr. 29, 1862
Thomas, Jacob Richfield Aug. 19, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Warner, Charles Oyster, MO
Warner, Theodore Oyster, MO Disch. Aug. 14, 1862
Wheeler, Henry C. Burton Sept. 2, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Willis, John J. Bushnell Oct. 4, 1861 Disch. Aug. 16, 1862
Adams, John D. Payson Dec. 30, 1863 MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Alexander, Hanson Stone’s Prairie Jan. 1, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Allen, Nathan W. Liberty
Bradshaw, John N. Stone’s Prairie MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Bain, George H. Fairweather MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Blauser, Alexander Payson MO July 13, 1865
Behymer, Francis M. Richfield
Buck, James Stone’s Prairie Killed Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
Brennan, George Liberty MO July 13, 1865
Chandler, Jasper Liberty Killed Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
Cooper, Alexander Richfield MO July 13, 1865
Colwell, William Liberty
Collins, James Payson MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Culp, Chesley W. Liberty
Frey, Reuben Burton
Foster, Lorenzo S. Beverly MO July 13, 1865
Fahs, George Stone’s Prairie MO July 13, 1865 as Mus’n
Gayer, James S. Stone’s Prairie Pro 1st Sgt, then 2d Lt.
Hardisty, Richard Richfield MO July 13, 1865
Hess, John B. McGee
Harris, James W. Burton MO July 13, 1865
Huggins, Robert L. Bancroft, MO
Hubert, Charles F. Beverly Promoted Sgt Major
Jimison, James Richfield MO July 13, 1865
Lyon, Joseph H. Stone’s Prairie MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Mercer, Robert Liberty Sgt. Killed Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
McGloughlin, John Stone’s Prairie Jan. 1, 1864 MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Mitts, William J. Burton MO July 13, 1865
Mitts, James A. Richfield
Mewmaw, James A. Quincy Mar. 7, 1864
Northup, William Bushnell Jan. 1, 1864
Ogle, Isaac J. Beverly MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Pond, William W. Liberty Promoted Hospital Steward
Robb, James M. Liberty MO July 13, 1865
Rennecker, Noah Stone’s Prairie
Shinn, Levi Payson MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Stauffer, George W. Fairmount MO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Summers, Alva Liberty MO July 13, 1865
Thomas, Jacob Richfield
Traver, Augustus Liberty MO July 13, 1865
Warner, Charles Lewis Co., MO MO July 13, 1865, as Corporal
Wheeler, Henry C. Burton MO July 13, 1865, on furlo’h
Adams, John D. Payson Nov. 1, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Burch, James Richfield Feb. 10, 1864 Disch. Sept. 30,1864,Disability
Bain, George H. Richfield Nov. 27, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Blauser, Daniel G. Payson Nov. 1, 1861 MO Nov. 5, 1864
Behymer, James M. Richfield Feb. 26, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Beckman, Adolph Quincy Feb. 24, 1864
Belts, Charles Richfield Feb. 10, 1864
Bowers, William Kinderhook Mar. 20, 1865
Boulware, Pitt Kinderhook
Beede, Jerome B. Beverly
Chandler, Jasper Liberty Nov. 27, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Campbell, John W. Payson Nov. 1, 1861 Left sick Corinth,Nov.28,1863
Cole, George W. Kinderhook Feb. 24, 1865 MO July 13, 1865
Clark, Samuel Kinderhook Apr. 12, 1865
Call, David Kinderhook Mar. 29, 1865
Crook, James A. Payson Jan. 13, 1864 Died Nov. 1, 1864, wounds
Deal, John McKee Nov. 27, 1861 Died May 25, 1862
Deighton, Richard Kingston Dec. 13, 1861 MO Dec. 12, 1864
Davis, William S. Kinderhook Feb. 25, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Eaton, Eleavor A. Kinderhook Nov. 16, 1863
Fulton, John Payson Jan. 24, 1862 Disch. June 18, 1862
Frame, Peter Beverly Feb. 3, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Grigsby, Reuben Payson Nov. 29, 1861 Killed at Shiloh, Apr. 6, 1862
Gallagher, Gaines M. Liberty Feb. 11, 1862 Died Paducah, Apr.6, 1862
Huggins, Robert L. Payson Nov. 27, 1861 Re-enlisted as veteran
Ham, William T. Liberty Jan. 24, 1862 Disch., term expired
Hall, Thomas T. Columbus Feb. 11, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Ham, John C. Liberty Jan. 28, 1864 MO July 13, 1865, wounded
Hawerton, William E. Liberty
Huls, Aloidus Camp Point Mar. 6, 1865
Hughs, James Kinderhook Mar. 25, 1865
Humphrey, Horatio W. Kinderhook Feb. 25, 1864 Disch. Mar. 13, 1865
Heck, James T. Moline Feb. 26, 1864 Disch. Mar. 22, 1865, Disability
Jackson, James F. Kinderhook Jan. 26, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Kennedy, William P. Kinderhook Feb. 25, 1864
Kendall, Charles A. Beverly Feb. 27, 1864
Lightle, James ? Oct. 1, 1863 Disch. Mar. 29, 1865, Disability
Love, George W. Barry Jan. 29, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Lykes, William Richfield Feb. 3, 1864
Lyon, Jacob E. Kinderhook Feb. 25, 1864
Lease, Joseph F. Kinderhook
Lyon, Nathan B. Kinderhook Nov. 16, 1863
Lightle, John Payson
Long, Joseph W. Payson Mar. 16, 1865
Long, James H. Payson Nov. 16, 1863 Disch. Feb.25,1865,Disability
Mewmaw, James A. Payson Feb. 11, 1863 Re-enlisted as veteran
Mitts, Charles W. Richfield Jan. 19, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
McKee, Charles Kinderhook Mar. 29, 1865
Nelson, Levi L. Kinderhook Jan. 26, 1864
Ogle, George W. Beverly Feb. 25, 1864 Died Rome, GA., Sept.5,1864
Parker, Joseph Richfield Jan. 20, 1864 MO July 13, 1865
Porter, Albert B. Payson Feb. 25, 1864
Robb, George W. Quincy Jan. 20, 1864
Staufler, William F. Beverly Feb. 26, 1864
Shinn, Montraville Payson
Spencer, William K. Kinderhook Feb. 25, 1864
Stratton, Scipio Payson
Sturtevant, Charles Payson Feb. 28, 1865
Thompson, James M. Payson Jan. 26, 1864
Thomas, Seth Richfield Feb. 3, 1864
Voeth, Frederick ? ? ?
West, Benjamin F. Payson Jan. 26, 1864 MO June 28, 1865
Watkins, Stephen M. Beverly Feb. 3, 1864 MO June 22, 1865
Warner, Frederick D. Quincy Feb. 27, 1864 Died Nashville,Dec.1, 1864
Waller, Alexander Payson Dec. 14, 1861 Killed Shiloh,Apr.6, 1862
Under Cooks of A.D.
Braden, Porter Lynnville, TN Dec. 6, 1863 MO July 13, 1865
Blair, Reuben Lynnville, TN Dec. 21, 1863 Died Rome, GA., Sept. 26, 1864
Hanner, Samuel Lynnville, TN Dec. 6, 1863 MO July 13, 1863
Hanner, Jeofrey ? ? Deserted at Athens, Alabama


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1. History from the Adjutant General’s Report.
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