65th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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65th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry "The Second Scotch"
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois state flag
Active May 1, 1862 to July 26, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Iuka
Battle of Corinth
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
March to the Sea
Battle of Nashville

The 65th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, nicknamed the "Second Scotch Regiment" was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 65th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglas at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on May 1, 1862. Sent to western Virginia, it formed part of the Harper's Ferry garrison that surrendered to the Army of Northern Virginia in September 1862.

After being paroled, the regiment was moved to Kentucky as part of the XXIII Corps and participated in the November 1863 Siege of Knoxville. In the spring of 1864, it joined in the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea. When the Confederates under General John Hood headed north into Tennessee late in the year, the 65th was part of the force sent after him, joining in the battles at Franklin and Nashville. Its final assignment was duty in North Carolina.

The regiment was discharged from service on July 26, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 1 officers and 30 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 97 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 129 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Daniel Cameron, Jr.
  • Colonel William Scott Stewart[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf5.htm#65th The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. ^ http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/065-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls