History of the 15th Illinois Infantry
Carroll County Illinois

15th Reg. Il Infantry “Our banner is a galaxy, of glorious silver stars,
Freedom’s history is written on, its white and crimson bars,


In the face of Southern foes, we will flaunt our dear old flag,
And it never shall be lowered to a vile Secession rag.


It shall wave, forever free - Forever, ever free,
Or a winding sheet shall be For us and Liberty.”


From the History of Carroll Co 1878

The Fifteenth Regiment Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Freeport, Illinois, and mustered into the United States service May 24. 1861 - being the first regiment organized from the state for the three years service. It then proceeded to Alton, ILL., remaining there six weeks for instruction. Left Alton for St. Charles. Mo.; thence by rail to Mexico, Mo. Marched to Hannibal, Mo.: thence by steamboat to Jefferson Barricks; then by rail to Rolla, Mo. Arrived in time to cover Gen. Siegel's retreat from Wilson's Creek; thence to Tipton. Mo.. and thence joined Gen. Fremont's army. Marched from there to Springfield, Mo.; thence back to Tipton; then to Sedalia, with Gen. Pope, and assisted in the capture of 1,300 of the enemy a few miles from the latter place; then marched to Otterville, Mo., where it went into winter quarters Dec. 26. 1861. Remained there until Feb. 1, 1862. Then marched to Jefferson City; thence to St. Louis by rail: embarked on transports for Fort Donelson, arriving there the day of the surrender.

The regiment was then assigned to the Fourth Division, Gen. Hurlbut commanding, and marched to Fort Henry. Then embarked on transports for Pittsburg Landing. Participated in the battles of the 6th and 7th of April, losing 252 men, killed and wounded. Among the former were Lieutenant-Colonel E. F.W. Ellis, Major Goddard, Captains Brownell and Wayne, and Lieutenant John W. Puterbaugh Captain Adam Nase, wounded and taken prisoner. The regiment then marched to Corinth, participating in various skirmishes and the siege of that place, losing a number of men killed and wounded.

After the evacuation of Corinth, the regiment marched to Grand Junction; thence to Holly Springs; back to Grand Junction; thence to Lagrange; thence to Memphis, arriving there July 21, 1862, and remained there until September 6th. Then marched to Bolivar; thence to the Hatchie river, and participated in the battle of the Hatchie. Lost fifty killed and wounded in that engagement. Then returned to Bolivar; from thence to Lagrange; thence, with Gen. Grant, down through Misissippi to Coffeeville, returning to Lagrange and Memphis; thence to Vicksburg, taking an active part in the siege of that place. After the surrender of Vicksburg, marched with Sherman to Jackson, Miss.; then returned to Vicksbburg and embarked for Natchez; Marched thence to Kingston: returned to Natchez: then to Harrisonburg, La., capturing Fort Beauregard, on the Washita river. Returned to Natchez, remained there until Nov. 10, 1863. Proceeded to Vicksburg and went in to winter quarters. Here the regiment re-enlisted as veterans, remaining until Feb. 1, 1864, when it moved with Gen. Sherman trough Mississippi. On Champion Hills had a severe engagement with rebel Carney. Marched to Meridan; thence south to Enterprise; thence back to Vicksburg. Was then ordered to Illinois on veteran furlough. On expiration of furlough joined Seventeenth Army Corps and proceeded up the Tennessee river to Clifton; thence to Huntsville, Ala.; thence to Decatur and Rome, Ga.: thence to Kingston; and joined Gen. Sherman's army, marching on Atlanta.

At Allatoona Pass the Fifteenth and the Fourteenth Infantry were consolidated, and the organization was known as the Veteran Battalion Fourteenth and Fifteenth Illinois Infantry Volunteers, and numbering 625 men. From Allatoona Pass it proceeded to Ackworth, and was then assigned to duty, guarding the Chattanooga and Atlanta Railroad. Whilst engaged in this duty, the regiment being scattered along the line of road, the rebel Gen. Hood, marching north, struck the road at Big Shanty and Ackworth, and captured about 300 of the command. The remainder retreated to Marietta, were mounted and acted as scouts for Gem. Vandever. They were afterwards transfered to Gen. F. P. Blair, and marched with Gen. Sherman through Georgia.

After the capture of Savannah, the regiment proceeded to Beaufort, S. C.; thence to Salkahatchie river, participating in the various skirmishes in that vicinity -Columbia, S. C.. Fayetteville, N.C., battle of Bentonville, losing a number wounded; thence to Goldsboro and Raleigh. At Raleigh, recruits sufficient, to fill up both regiments were received, and the organization of the Veteran Battalion discontinued, and the Fifteenth reorganized. The campaign of Gen. Sherman ended by the surrender of Gen. Johnson. The regiment then marched with the army to Washington D. C., via Richmond and Fredericksburg, and participated in the grand review at Washington, May 24, 1865, remained there two weeks. Proceeded, by rail and steamboat, to Louisville, Ky.: remained at Louisville two weeks. The regiment was then detached from the Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, and proceeded by steamer to St. Louis; from thence to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., arriving there July 1, 1865. Joined the army serving on the Plains. Arrived at Fort Kearney, August 24th; then ordered to return to Fort Leavenworth, Sept. 1, 1865, where the regiment was mustered out of the service and placed en route for Springfield, Ill., for final payment and discharge - having served four years and four months.

Numberof miles marched----------------------4299
Number of miles by rail------------------------2403
Number of miles by steamer------------------4310
Total miles traveled--------------------------11,012

Number of men joined from organization--------1963
Number of men at date of muster-Out~-----------640

15th Infantry.

Maj. Adam Nase, com. capt. Co. K, April 25, 1861, prmtd. maj. Nov. 2,'62, res. July 7.'63.

Quartermaster Ahiman V. Bohn, com. Nov. 21,'61, m. o. at consolidation.

Sgt. Maj. A. H. Hershey, e. Sept. 12, '61, Enorsu Hershey, Field and Staff Veteran Battalion. (See 25th Regt. Reorginized.)

Hospital Steward Lyman P. Clark, com. Jan. 1,'64, trans. to Field and Staff Veteran Battalion.

Company E.

Wiser Solomon W. e. Jan., 64, trans. to Co. E, Veteran Battalion, m.o. May 3o,'65.

Company H.

1st Lieut. J. F. Allison e. April 22, 61 , prmtd. Sergt. May 24, `61, prmtd. 2d Lieut. Jan. 12, `63. trans. to Veteran Reserve Corps June 18.'64, m. o. as 1st Lieut. Jan. 1, `68, w. at Hatchee river, Oc5. 5, `62, 1ost left hand and part of right, wd. March 4, 64, in right leg.

Backes, John, e. Jan. 1,'64. vet. m. o. May 30,'65.

Tourtelott N. H. e. Nov. 26,63, m. 0. July 20,'65.

Company K.

Capt. Phinias D. Keriyon, e. as sergt. May 24,'61, prmtd. 1st lieut. April 16.'62. prmtd. capt. Nov. 2,'62, honorably disc. May 15, `65.

1st Lieut. Jas. O'Brien, com. April 25,'61, res April 16,'62,

1st Lieut. Wm. W. Wheelock. e. as private May 24.'61, prmtd. 2d Lieut. April 7,'62, prmtd. 1st lieut. Nov. 2,'62. m. o. at consolidation.

2nd Lieut. John W. Puterbaugh, com. June 6,'61, killed in battle Pittsburg Landing.

2nd Lieut. Chas. W. Wilcox, e. as Sergt. May 24,'61, prmtd. 2nd lieut. Nov. 2,'62. m.o. at consolidation.

Sergt. Jas. A. Schaffer com. May 24,'61, disd. for long absence, May 11, '62.

Corpl. Cummings M. A. e. May 24,'61, m. o. May 24,'64.

Corpl. Rapp Albert P. e. May 24,'61, disd. Aug. 20,'63, disab.

Corpl. Kridler Geo. H. e. May 24, `61, died May 10, `62, of wounds received at Pittsburg Landing.

Corpl. McCall (Jr.) Henry, e. May 24,61, disd. Oct. 20,'61, disab.

Corpl. Sautbin Jesse W, e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Corpl. Schaffer Jno. M. e. May 24, '61, killed Shiloh, April 6,'62.

Wooden C. S. e. May 24,'61. prmtd. corpl.

Allison Henry, e. May 24, `61, disd. May 11, `62, long absence.

Allyn Daniel L. e. May 24,'61, disd. Feb. 7,'62. worthlessness.

Bristol Perry, e. May 24,'61. disd. Jan. 14,'64.

Blattenburger James, e. May 24,'61, m. o. May 24, '64.

Burnett Joshua, e. May 24, `61, died of wounds in Hospital, at Covington, KY.

Burnett R. B. e. May 24,'61, disd. May 11,'62, long absence.

Barlow, M. S. e. May 24.'61. m.o. May 24,'64.

Bohart John E. e. May 24,61.

Bacon J. R. e. May 24,'61, disd. May 19,'62. disab.

Brown Wm. e. May 24,'ó1, disd. May 19.'62. long absence.

Carter Wm. H. e. May 24,'61 disd. Nov. 10,'61, wd

Clouser John, e. May 24,'61, killed at Shiloh. April 6,'62.

Cain Edward M. e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24, 62.

Calkins Stephen, e. May 24, 61. m.o. May 24, 62.

Cady Samuel A. e. May 24, 61. disd. Feb. 7.'62, disab.

Dullebon H. E. e May 24,61, disd. Oct. 18,'62, wd.

Davis Thos. J. e. May 24,'61. died May 23,'63.

Deitrick David S. e. May 24,'61, died Oct. 4, 61.

Ferguson Richard S. e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Ferguson Jas. D. e. May 24,'61, vet. m.o. May 30.'65.

Ferguson Benj. F. e. May 24,61.

Gallagher Jos. e. May 24,'61, vet. m.o. May 30,'65.

Griswold D. J. e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Grim Otis, e. May 24, 61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Geisz H. R. e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Howe Lewis, C. Mar 24,'61, vet. m.o. Sept. 16,'65.

Horner Geo. e. May 24.'61, vet. m.o. May 30,'65.

Harrison Wm. e. May 24.'61, vet. m.o. July 3,'65.

Holt Henry H. e. May 24,'61, vet. m.o. Sept. 16, '65.

Hallock James T. e. May 24,'61, disd. Nov 9,'61, disab.

Heierodt Jas. E. e. May 24,'61, kld. at Shiloh, Apt.6,'62.

Hicks Newton, e. May 24,'61. m.o. May 24,'64.

Hollingshead Samuel C. e. May 24, 1861, disd. Aug. 20, 1862, disab.

Humbert David L. e. May 24,'61, m.o. May 24,'64.

Johnson John. e. May 24, 61, disd. May 2, 62, disab.

Jackson Hiram, e. May 24,'61, disd. Sept. 30,'63.

Jackson Jas. e. May 24,61, m.o. May 24, 64.

Kenyon Delancy, e. May 24, `61, disd. May 11,'62, long absence.

King Thomas, e. May 24, 61, kld. at Shiloh, Apr. 6,'62.

King Jas. A. e. May 24, 61, disd. Jan. 4,'64, disab.

Leister Geo. W. e. May 24,'61, disd. Aug. 20,'62, disab.

Lyttle A. D. e. May 24, 1861.

Lychel Henry, e. May 24,'61, vet. prisr. of war.

Lee James A. e. May 24, 1861

McFadden John, e. May 24, 61. died Apr. 4,'62.

Miles Geo. B. e. May 24,'61. m.o. May 24,'64.

Myers Henry, e. May 24,'61, vet.

Mitchell Wm. R. e May 24, 61, in. o. May 30, 1865.

Nichols Wm. H. e. May 24,'61, disd. Nov. 7,'62. wd.

Price David R. e. May 24,'61. m.o. May 24, 1864.

Palmer John S. e. May 24, 1861. disd. Oct. 26, 61, disab.

Pettit F. R. e. May 24, 1861. vet. m.o. May 30, 1865.

Parker A. W. e. May 24, 1861, m.o. May 24, 1864.

Price John, e. May 24, 1861. m.o. May 24, 1864.

Rule John R. e. May 24, 1861. disd. Oct. 18, 1862. wd.

Ransom Chas. M. e. May 24, 61, vet. m. o. Sept. 16.'65.

Reynolds Robt. e. May 24, 1861, m o. May 24, 1864.

Root Thos. S. e. May 24, 1861, died Sept. 7, 1861.

Richmond Henry, e. May 24, 1861, vet. m.o. May 30'65

Rush Jas. e. May 24, 1861, vet. m.o. Sept 16, 1865.

Rinedollar Mark, e. May 24, 1861, m. o. May 24, 1864.

Robinson Jonathan, e. May 24, 1861, m.o. May 24,'64.

Smith Wm. F. e. May 24, 1861. m.o. May 24, 1864.

Strickler Benj. F. e. May 24, 1861, died Sept. 13, 1861.

Siddles Jas. e. May 24, 1861. m.o. May 24, 1864.

Smith Jos. P. e. May 24, 1861, disd. Dec. 16, '62 disab.

Smith John, e. May 24, 1861, m. o. May 24, 1862.

Turner Burton J. e. May 24, 1861, kld. at Shiloh April 6, 1862.

Todd Jabez W. e. May 24, 1861, m.o. May 24, 1864.

Vanrechten Harman, e. May 24, 1861, disd. Nov, 10, 1862, disab.

Weider Jacob A. e. May 24, 1861, vet. m. o. Sept. 16, '65.

Weston Hugh, e. May 24. '61, died May 6, `62. wd.

Wall Wm. J. e. May 24, 1861, disd. May 11, 1862, long absence.

Willfong Wm. H. e. May 24,'61, disd. Aug. 20,'62,disab.

Winters Perry, e. May 24. 1861, m. o. May 24, 1864.

Wheelock Chas. W. e. May 24, 1861, kld. at Shiloh, April 6. 1862.

Wilson Chas. A. e. May 24,'61, disd. Feb. 7,'62, disab.

Ames Simon, e. Dec. 10, 1863, rn. o. May 30, 1865.

Berge Robt. J. e. June 18, `61, disd. Oct. 5, '62, disab.

Bennett Eli, e. Sept. l2, 1861, m. o. Sept. 23, 1864.

Bosworrh Geo. e. Sept. 12, 1861, m.o. Sept. 23, 1864.

Brown Daniel, e. Dec. 19, 1863, m. o. May 30, 1865.

Bradley Horace S. e. Dec. 1, '63, disd. March 27, 1865.

Crawford Wm. J.e. May 24,'61. disd. Oct. 16, '65, disab.

Eastwood Thos. e. Dec. 10, 1863, deserted July 16.'65.

Hunter Wm. H. e. March 24, 1861. disd. Oct. 13, 1863, for promotion in 6th Regt. U.S. C. T.

Hiesrodt Jos. B. e. June 8, 1861, disd. Jan. 59. 1864.

Holroyd J.B. e. Jan. 1, 1864, m. o. Aug. 9, 1865.

Hall John S. e. March 31, 1864, m. o. July 31, 1865.

Irvin Lott W. e. Feb. 26. 1862. vet., m.o. May 30, 1865.

Lowell Chas. W. e. Jan. 1. 1864. m. o. May 30, 1865.

Steffins Jas. e. May 24, 1861. m. o. May 24, 1864.

Tebs Caleb F. e. Sept. 12, 1861, m. o. Sept. 23, 1864.

Thomas Edw. e. Sept. 12. 1861, disd. Jan. 7, '62, disab.

Thompson W. F. e. April 28, 1864, rn. o. May 30, 1865.

Welfong G. W. e. Dec. 10,'63. vet. m. o. Sept. 16,'65.

Wilcox Daniel J. e. Dec. 10,'63, m. o. May 31,'65.

15th Reorganized Infantry (Three Years)

Company A.

Sergt. John W. Keithley, e. March 2, 1865. m.o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Chas. T. Robinson, e. Mch. 1, 1865, m.o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Barzila Morris, e. Feb.24,'65, m. o. Set. 16,'65.

Bryson Jas. e. March 1, 1865, deserted June 25, 1865.

Chapman H. W. e. March 1, 1865 m. o. July 28, 1865.

Fade Geo. T. e. March 1, 1865, m. o. June 12, 1865.

Farrell Jas. e. March, 1, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Griffen Pat'k, e. March, 1, 1865,01. 0. Sept. 16, 1865.

Haskings Jos. e. Feb. 23, 1865, m. o. Sept. i6, 1865.

Howarth Thos. e. March 1, 1865, sick at m. o.

Haynes Martin, e. March 1, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16. 1865.

Holland John H. e. Feb. 22, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Ives S. D. e. March 1, 1865. m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Lucas Wm E. e. March 1. 1865. m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Leonard D. H. e. March 1, 1865, m.o. July 10, 1855.

Mace Jos. e. March 1, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Morris Joseph. e. Feb. 20, 1865, m. o. Sept. 15, 1865.

Noble Jas. e. March 1, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Noble Wm. F. e. March 1, 1865, m. o. Sept, 16, 1865.

Phillips Isaac, e March 1. 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Smith Jas. e. March 3, 1865. m.o. June 28, 1865.

Shimmin Philip, e. Feb. 22. 1865, deserted June 25, 65.

Sheridan John, e. Feb. 22, 1865, m. o. May 30. 1865.

Stadel Wm. e. Feb. 17, 1865. m. o. July 31. 1865.

Smith Wm. R. e. Feb. 23. 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

White Henry, e. March 3, 1865, m. 0. Sept. 16, 1865.

Company C

Captain And. A. Hershey, e. Sept. 12,'61, com. adjutant July 20, 1864. Promoted captain Aug. 21, 1865. Mustered out (as adjutant) Sept. 16, 1865.

Brown Daniel, e. Dec. 19, 1863, m. o. May 30, 1865.

Company H

First Lieutenant Thos. C. Shelby, com. March 17,1865. Mustered out Sept. 16. 1865.

Second Lieutenant Wm. Dodds, com. March 17, 1865. Mustered out Sept. 16, 1865.

First Sergr. John J. Boyer. e. Feb. 25, 1865, m.o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Sergt. Jas. M. Willfong, e. Feb. 23, `65, m.o. July 3, '65

Sergt. R. W. Healey. e. Feb. 25, '65, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Jas. Aurand, e. Feb. 25, `65. m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Robt. Templeman. e. Feb. 23, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Jacob H. Shugart, e. March 7, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Corpl. Jerry Kiechner. e. Feb. 25, `65, m.o. June 9, 1865.

Corpl. Robt. B. Carrie. Feb.25. `65, deserted June 27.'65.

Corpl. Harry Cresinger, e. Feb. 25.'65. m.o. Sept. 16, 65.

Corpl. Clark Johnson, e. Feb. 25. `65, died Apr. 30, 1865.

Corpl. J. R. Truckenmilller, e. Feb, 25, 1865, m.o. Sept. 16, 1865, private.

Wagoner. Aug. Anderson. e. Feb. 25, '65 m.o.July 3,'65.

Carter John B. e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Cannon Michael, e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Callon Edw. e. Feb. 25. 1865, deserted June 27, 1865

Cook John, e. Feb. 23, 1865. m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Dunman John, e. March 7. 1865, m. o. Aug. 8. 1865.

Hay Samuel, e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Koch Henry, e. May 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Lashell D. H. e. March 7, 1865, m. o. July 25. 1865.

Meyers Louis. e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16. 1865.

Parneby Thus. e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1S65.

Snyder Henry, e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16. 1865.

Straus Reuben B. e. March 7, 1865. m. o. Sept. 16, `65.

Wagerly Jacob, e. Feb. 25, 1865, m. o. Sept. 16, 1865.

Wood Hugh. e. Feb. 25, 1865, deserted July 16, 1865.

Additional Information From Civil War Flags

The Fifteenth Illinois Infantry Regiment was organized in Freeport, Illinois with men raised from the First Congressional District--Company A (Woodstock Light Guards) from Mc Henry County, Company B (Boone Rifles) from Boone County, Company C (Ellis Rifles) from Winnebago County, Company D (Wayne Rifles) from McHenry County, Company E (Jo Daviess Guards) from Jo Daviess County, Company F (Algonquin Rifles) from McHenry County, Company G (Lena Rifles) from Stephenson County, Company H (Ogle Guards) from Ogle County, Company I (Lake County Union Guards) from Lake County and Company K (Carroll Rifles) from Carroll County. The Regiment mustered into service May 24, 1861 for three years under the command of Colonel Thomas Turner. In July the Fifteenth was ordered to Mexico, Missouri and early in the War campaigned in Missouri and assisted in the capture of 1,300 rebels a few miles south of Sedalia. The Regiment’s winter quarters were at Otterville, Missouri. In February 1862, the Regiment was ordered to Fort Donelson, Tennessee and arrived in time to take part in the Fort’s surrender. The Fifteenth then marched to Fort Henry and there embarked for transport to Pittsburg Landing. On April 6 and 7, in the battle of Shiloh, the Regiment was heavily engaged and suffered significant losses at the “Hornet’s Nest.” In April and May the Fifteenth participated in the Siege of Corinth and following the evacuation of Corinth marched to Memphis and remained on duty there until September 6. During September the Regiment joined in the march to Bolivar and the Hatchie River and on October 4, 1862 met the rebels and defeated them at Metamora. From November through January the Regiment guarded the Mississippi Central RR from Bolivar to Coffeeville, Tennessee and then returned to Memphis. In May 1863 the Regiment was ordered to Vicksburg and participated in the assault of May 22 and in the siege and fall of Vicksburg on July 4. Later in July they advanced on Jackson, Mississippi and were in the fighting at Jackson on July 12. During the time the Regiment was camped at Natchez, Mississippi the Fifteenth supported the capture Fort Beauregard near Harrisonburg, Louisiana. From November until February 1864 the Fifteenth was in winter quarters at Vicksburg. As part of Sherman’s Meridian Campaign, the Regiment fought at Champion’s Hill, Mississippi on February 4, and then was ordered to Georgia for Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. While on guard duty in the area of Ackworth, Big Shanty and Marietta, on July 1, 1864, the Fifteenth was consolidated with the Fourteenth Infantry into the “Veteran Battalion Fourteenth and Fifteenth Infantry Volunteers.” General Hood attacked the Battalion at Big Shanty and Ackworth and a large number of the men were either killed or taken prisoner. The survivors were mounted and acted as scouts on Sherman’s march to the sea and were at the fall of Savannah in December 1864. In 1865 the Battalion moved north in the Campaign of the Carolinas and fought at Beaufort and Columbia, S.C. and Fayetteville, Bentonville, Goldsboro and Raleigh, N.C. On April 28, enough new recruits were added at Raleigh, North Carolina to divide the Battalion back into separate regiments. After Johnston’s surrender, the Fifteenth Illinois Infantry marched in the grand review in Washington on May 24, and then was sent to Forts Kearney and Leavenworth, Kansas where it mustered out September 1, 1865.

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