83rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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83rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
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Active August 21, 1862 to July 5, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements

American Civil War

The 83rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Service[edit]

The 83rd Illinois Infantry was organized at Monmouth, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on August 21, 1862. Commanding the regiment was Colonel Abner C. Harding.[1]

The regiment was heavily engaged on February 3, 1863 at Fort Donelson when it repulsed an attack by 8,000 Confederate troops under Joseph Wheeler and Nathan Bedford Forrest. The loss to the regiment was 13 killed and 51 wounded.[2] This engagement is known as the Battle of Dover (1863).

The regiment was mustered out on June 26, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee and discharged in Chicago, Illinois on July 5, 1865. Future lawman Virgil Earp served as a private in the regiment.[3]

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 4 officers and 34 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officers and 82 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 121 fatalities.[4]

Commanders[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1] 83rd Illinois Regiment History
  2. ^ [2] 83rd Illinois Regiment History
  3. ^ Fletcher, Randol B. (2011). Hidden History of Civil War Oregon. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. ISBN 1609494245. 
  4. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf7.htm#83rd The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  5. ^ [3] 83rd Illinois Regiment History
  6. ^ [4] 83rd Illinois Regiment History

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