52nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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52nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois state flag
Active November 19, 1861 to July 5, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Corinth
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
March to the Sea
Battle of Bentonville

The 52nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 52nd Illinois Infantry was organized at Geneva, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on November 19, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on July 5, 1865.

One soldier from the regiment, Sergeant Edward B. Spalding of Company E, was awarded the Medal of Honor for continuing to fight after being wounded at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862.[1]

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 2 officers and 59 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 119 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 180 fatalities.[2]


  • Colonel Isaac G. Wilson - resigned on December 9, 1861.
  • Colonel Thomas W. Sweeny - promoted brigadier general.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edwin A. Bowen - mustered out October 24, 1864.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jerome G. Davis - mustered out with the regiment.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. December 3, 2010. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf4.htm#52nd The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  3. ^ http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/052-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls