24th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
|24th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry "1st Hecker Regt"|
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|Active||July 8, 1861 to August 6, 1864|
The 24th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, also known as the 1st Hecker Jaeger Regiment, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was made up almost exclusively of German, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak immigrants. It was the first unit mobilised for the war in Chicago, and was composed of many Forty-Eighters, veterans of the revolutions of 1848 in Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The 24th Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on July 8, 1861.
The regiment was mustered out on August 6, 1864.
Battles and campaigns they participated in
- Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862
- Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863
- Tullahoma Campaign, June 24 to July 3, 1863
- Battle of Chickamauga, September 18–20, 1863
- Battle of Missionary Ridge, November 25, 1863
- Atlanta Campaign, May 7 – September 2, 1864
Total strength and casualties
The regiment suffered 3 officers and 86 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 2 officers and 82 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 173 fatalities.
- Colonel Frederick Hecker - resigned on December 23, 1861.
- Colonel Goza Mihalotzy - killed on March 11, 1864.
- Colonel Emil Frey
- 82nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
- List of Illinois Civil War Units
- Illinois in the American Civil War
- http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf2.htm#24th The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959. - retrieved June 25, 2007.
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/024-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls - retrieved June 26, 2007.