96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois flag
Active September 6, 1862 to June 10, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Battle of Chickamauga
Battle of Lookout Mountain
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Jonesboro
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville

The 96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 96th Illinois Infantry was organized at Rockford, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 6, 1862. It consisted of men from Jo Daviess County and Lake County, Illinois. The composition of the companies were drawn from a hat with Companies, A, E, F, H, I, and K going to Jo Daviess with D, C, D, and G filled by Lake County men. The original officers were Colonel Thomas E. Champion of Warren, Illinois and Lieutenant Colonel Issac L. Clarke of Waukegan, Illinois.[1]

The regiment was mustered out on June 10, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 5 officers and 111 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 124 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 241 fatalities.[2]



The Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois maintains many records associated with the regiment at their Lake County History Archives. Their records collection focuses on Company B, and includes letters and photographs from the Young and Minto families.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Link, Ed A Short History of the 96th Regiment in Spring 2011 Waukegan Historical Society newsletter
  2. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf8.htm#96th 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/096-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls