98th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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98th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois flag
Active September 3, 1862 to July 29, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry (Mounted)

Spencer Rifle & Carbines

Battle of Hoover's Gap
Battle of Chickamauga
Battle of Resaca
Siege of Atlanta

The 98th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later the 98th Regiment Illinois Mounted Infantry, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 98th Illinois Infantry was organized at Centralia, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 3, 1862.

The regiment was converted to mounted infantry on March 8, 1863. An element of "Wilder's Lightning Brigade", a unit that pioneered the use of mounted infantry.

The regiment was mustered out on June 27, 1865 and discharged at Springfield, Illinois on July 7, 1865.

There is a much more detailed Adjutant General's Report (98th Illinois InfantryRegiment History) of their Civil War activity at: http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/history/098.html. If anyone is interested in talking with me, my gr.gr.grandfather was in the 98th. His name was George Washington HARVEY.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 30 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 5 officers and 136 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 171 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel John J. Funkhouser - Discharged due to wounds July 5, 1864.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf8.htm#98th 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/098-fs.htm Illinois in the Cvil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls