47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

47th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Illinois state flag
Active August 16, 1861 to January 21, 1866
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Corinth
Siege of Vicksburg
Red River Campaign
Battle of Pleasant Hill

The 47th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Fanciful rendition of the October 1862 Battle of Corinth, Mississippi by lithographers Currier and Ives. The 47th Illinois Volunteers were part of the fighting, which resulted in combined losses of 828 killed and more than 3,800 wounded and missing.[1]

The 47th Illinois Infantry was organized at Peoria, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on August 16, 1861.[2] The unit was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri on September 23, 1861, and remained on barracks duty until December of that year.[2]

The 47th Illinois Volunteers lost 30 killed and 100 wounded in the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi, in October 1862.[2] The unit also suffered heavy casualties in a May 22, 1863 charge during the initial phase of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.[2]

Following a discharge at Springfield, Illinois in October 1863 there was subsequent reorganization, with the reorganized unit seeing duty in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.[2] The regiment was finally mustered out of service on January 21, 1866.[2]

Total strength and casualties

The regiment suffered 5 officers and 58 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 184 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 250 fatalities.[3]


See also


  1. David J. Eicher, The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001; pg. 378.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Roy L. Moore, History of Woodford County: A Concise History of the Settlement and Growth of Woodford County. Eureka, IL: Woodford County Republican, 1910; pg. 125.
  3. http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf4.htm#47th The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  4. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/f&s/047-fs.htm Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls

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