97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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97th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
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Illinois flag
Active September 16, 1862 to July 29, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Fort Hindman
Battle of Port Gibson
Battle of Jackson
Battle of Champion Hill
Battle of Big Black River
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Fort Blakeley

The 97th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was instrumental in the Federal campaign to reclaim the Mississippi River for the Union, participating in the siege of Vicksburg and battles leading up to it in Mississippi. Moving down the river after the siege, it participated in efforts to wrest control of the bayou area, then retake Mobile Bay, culminating in the bloody Battle of Fort Blakeley hours after Lee's surrender at Appomattox.


The 97th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 16, 1862.

The regiment was mustered out on July 29, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 2 officers and 28 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 200 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 233 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Friend S. Rutherford - resigned due to illness on June 15, 1864 and died of disease 5 days later.[2]
  • Colonel Lewis D. Martin
  • Lieutenant Colonel Victor Vifquain - Mustered out with the regiment on Jul 29, 1865.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf8.htm#97th 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/097-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls