71st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
|71st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry|
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|Active||July 26, 1862 to October 29, 1862|
The 71st Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglas at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on July 26, 1862 for a term of three months. It served garrisons in scattered garrisons in southern Illinois and western Kentucky. Company K unanimously elected James Creed as captain, which was responsible for protecting two bridges along the Big Muddy river in southern Illinois from Confederate sympathizers.
The regiment was mustered out on October 29, 1862.
Total strength and casualties
The regiment suffered 23 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 23 fatalities.
- http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf5.htm#71st The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/071-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls
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