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THE 15TH IL CAVALRY

Donated by Kathleen Griffin-Heitman


This is a partial history, with notes from the Adjutant General's Report from the State of Illinois. My source for this information was sent to me by the Illinois State Archives from the publication:

REPORT OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL

OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

VOLUME VIII

CONTAINING REPORTS FOR THE YEARS 1861-66

Revised by

BRIGADIER GENERAL J. N. REECE

ADJUTANT GENERAL

Springfield, Illinois

Journal Company, Printers and Binders

1901

HISTORY OF THE 15TH ILLINOIS CAVALRY

The companies that composed the Fifteenth Cavalry Regiment were independent companies attached to Infantry Regiments, and acted as such.

Moved with the army from Cairo in the spring of 1862, up the Tennessee River to Fort Henry. Disembarked and was moving to the rear, when the Fort was evacuated by the rebels; took possession, but remained there a few days only.

Moved, under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant, to Fort Donelson. Fort surrendered after a siege of three days. Moved with the fleet up the Tennessee River to Pittsburg Landing. Participated in the Shiloh battle, April 6 & 7, 1862.

Moved with the army in the siege of Corinth. Fort evacuated about May 1, 1862. Ordered from there to Jackson, Tennessee. There and then organized into Stewart's Battalion, commanded by Colonel Conrine.

Moved in the month of November to Corinth, Mississippi.

In the spring of 1863, organized the Fifteenth Regiment. George A. Bacon was appointed Colonel. F. T. Gilbert, Lieutenant Colonel. We are under command of General G. M. Dodge. Scouted through the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, till October 1863; moved by the way of Memphis. Remained three weeks under the command of General Hurlbut, thence to Helena, Arkansas, arriving about the month of November 1863. Then, under command of General Buford of Illinois did post duty and long and severe scouting through Arkansas and Mississippi.

August 10, 1864, ordered to Springfield, Illinois to be discharged. By expiration of term of service, mustered out August 25, 1864.

The recruits who were enlisted in 1862 were consolidated with the Tenth Illinois Cavalry. Moved to San Antonio, Texas and mustered out of service.

15th REGIMENT CAVALRY

Organized December 25, 1862, in the field and at Camp Butler, Illinois, by assignment of Stewart's Independent Cavalry Battalion, organized at Jackson, Tennessee July, 1862, as Companies, "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", and "F".

Regiment attached to District of Columbus, 16th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to March, 1863. Cavalry Brigade, District of Corinth, 16th Army Corps, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps to August, 1863. Detached Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, to December 1863. Waring's Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1864. District of Eastern Arkansas, 7th Army Corps, Department of Arkansas, to January 1865.

SERVICE:

January 1, 1863 Bath Springs, Mississippi

January 4, 1863 Monterey, Tennessee

January 10, 1863 Clifton

January 13, 1863 Chambers Creek, near Hamburg

April 9, 1863 Near Obion River

April 15-May 8, 1863 Expedition from Corinth to Courtland, Alabama & North Alabama

April 14, 1863 Burnsville, Alabama

April 17, 1863 Dickson's Station

April 17, 1863 Great Bear Creek and Cherokee Station

April 19, 1863 Dickson's Station

April 22, 1863 Rock Cut, near Tuscumbia

April 23, 1863 Tuscumbia and Florence

April 28, 1863 Town Creek

May 2-8, 1863 Expedition from Burnsville to Tupelo, Mississippi

May 5, 1863 King's Creek, near Tupelo, Mississippi

May -, 1863 Obion Plank Road Crossing

May 18, 1863 Greenville, Mississippi (detachment)

May 26-31, 1863 Expedition from Corinth to Florence, Alabama

May 28, 1863 Florence, Alabama

May 30, 1863 Hamburg Landing

June 11, 1863 Smith's Bridge, near Corinth (detachment)

July 7, 1863 Iuka

Till January 1864 Duty about Memphis, Tennessee & Columbus, Kentucky

Till January 1865 Ordered to Helena, Arkansas, Post and Garrison duty at Helena

February 4-8, 1864 Expedition from Helena up White River (detachment)

February 13-14, 1864 Expedition up St. Francis River (Co. G)

February 20-26, 1864 Expedition of White River

July 26, 1864 Wallace's Ferry, Big Creek

August 1-5, 1864 Operations in Eastern Arkansas (Co. E)

August 12, 1864 Lamb's Plantation, near Helena (detachment)

August 22-25, 1864 Scout to Mt. Vernon

August 29-Sept. 3, 1864 Expedition up White River (detachment)

September 3, 1864 Kendall's Grist Mill

August 25, 1864 Non-Veterans mustered out

January 26, 1865 Veterans and Recruits consolidated to a Battalion and consolidated with 10th Illinois Cavalry

GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, STATE OF ILLINOIS

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE

SPRINGFIELD, DECEMBER 25, 1862

GENERAL ORDERS NO. 250

The companies of Illinois Volunteer Cavalry organized and mustered into service of the United States, and now or lately commanded by the officers designated herein, are hereby attached to the Battalion of Illinois Cavalry, now commanded by Major Warren Stewart.

COMMANDING DESIGNATION OF COMPANY

OFFICERS HERETOFORE ATTACHED

Capt. Wm. Ford Co. A, Cavalry 53rd Reg't. IL Vol. Inf.

Capt. Albert Jenks Co. A, Dragoons 36th Reg't. IL Vol. Inf.

Capt. Samuel B. Sherer Co. B, Dragoons 36th Reg't. IL Vol. Inf.

Capt. W. C. Wilder Kane County Cavalry, Former Captain C. B. Dodson

Capt. Oscar H. Huntley Co. K, 1st Regiment Illinois Cavalry

Capt. Franklin T. Gilbert Co. A, Cavalry, *52nd Reg't. IL Vol. Inf.

*Subsequently detached there from, and assigned as Company II, Twelfth Regiment Illinois Cavalry.

Which said companies, with those heretofore forming the command of Major Stewart, aforesaid, and one other, now at Camp Yates, Springfield, Illinois, are declared to form the Fifteenth Cavalry Regiment Illinois Volunteers.

Major Warren Stewart is hereby appointed Colonel of said Regiment from this date.

George W. Bacon, Lieutenant Colonel, with rank from this date.

T. L. Morris, Adjutant, with rank from this date.

Louis Souther, Commissary, with rank from this date.

S. B. Stewart, appointed Quartermaster of the Sixteenth Regiment Illinois Cavalry on the 25th of October, last, will be mustered out of service of the Sixteenth Regiment and mustered in as Quartermaster of the Fifteenth Cavalry as of that date, he has been, since that date, acting as Quartermaster of said Regiment, now consolidated with and known as the Fifteenth Regiment.

By order of his Excellency, RICHARD YATES, Governor of the State of Illinois, who in compliance with authority of Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief.

ALLEN C. FULLER

Adjutant General

ROSTER AND NOTES FOR 15TH ILLINOIS CAVALRY

BURR, Gilbert J. Murphysboro 1/7/62 6/26/62

BEAN, OLIVER W. Preston 12/24/61 6/26/62

Killed near Hickman, KY, June 4, 1862

BROOKMAN, James H. Murphysboro 1/28/62 6/26/62

Discharged June 30, 1862, disability

CARR, Walter R. Elgin 12/10/61 6/26/62

CUNNINGHAM, F. M. Preston 2/12/62 6/26/62

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as Consolidated

CHICHESTER, James Carbondale 12/24/61 6/26/62

Discharged October 19, 1864, Disability

CHAPMAN, Daniel W. Carbondale 1/20/62 6/26/62

CLARK, Henry Elkvile 2/1/62 6/26/62

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as Consolidated

CROWTHER, John Carbondale 2/22/62 6/26/62

CASTLETON, Christopher Elkville 2/22/62 6/26/62

Bugler. Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as Consolidated

DRAKE, John Franklin 12/24/61 6/26/62

Mustered out January 30, 1865

ERWIN, Elijah Hickman, KY 6/4/62 6/26/62

Transferred to Co. F, 10th IL Cavalry, as Consolidated

FIFE, William Murphysboro 10/10/61 6/26/62

FORCUM, Enoch Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

FENN, Joseph Ava 2/22/62 6/26/62

Sergeant. Died at Helena, Arkansas, August 5, 1864

FORD, Andrew C. Carbondale 2/24/62 6/26/62

Corporal, Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

GILL, Wiley B. DeSoto 1/7/62 6/26/62

Died at DeSoto, IL, March 19, 1862

GEORGE, Jacob G. Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

Discharged June 3, 1864, Disability

GARRETT, Taylor Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

Discharged August 10, 1864, Disability

GRIFFIN, Oliver E. Murphysboro 2/16/62 6/26/62

Died at the Post Hospital in Brownsville, Arkansas, age 21

HILLER, Thomas Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

HUGHEY, Daniel W. Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

HALL, Ezekiel W. DeSoto 12/24/61 6/26/62

Deserted March 24, 1864

HOWARD, James 12/10/61 6/26/62

HAYES, Edmond Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

HAYES, George N. Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

HAYES, Hewett Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

HAYES, John P. Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

HOFART, Henry Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

HENDERSON, William Murphysboro 1/18/62 6/26/62

Died at Helena, Arkansas, April 29, 1864

HUDDLESTON, Wm. H. Jonesboro 2/16/62 6/26/62

Comm. 2nd Lieutenant. Muster revoked.

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry as 1st Sargeant

HINCHCLIFF, Jacob Carbondale 1/18/62 6/26/62

JACKSON, Benjamin Carbondale 1/20/62 6/26/62

KEIDLE, Andrew Murphysboro 1/27/62 6/26/62

Missing Apr. 12, 1864; supposed drowned

LEMEN, James R. Murphysboro 12/24/61 6/26/62

LETT, Sherrod Preston 2/12/62 6/26/62

MURGISON, John Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

Disch. Jan. 19, 1864, disability

McCORMACK, William Marion 12/10/61 6/26/62

McCORMACK, Peter Marion 12/10/61 6/26/62

MUSIC, Roland Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

McDANIEL, Joseph Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

Disch. May 10, 1862, disability

McALDRIDGE, George Carbondale 1/7/62 6/26/62

OWENS, William R. Frankfort 2/6/62 6/26/62

Trans. to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

PIKE, Elijah Lake Creek 12/24/61 6/26/62

Mustered out January 30, 1865

PRY, Allen Frankfort 12/24/61 6/26/62

Discharged Sept. 4, 1862

REESE, John B. DeSoto 1/20/62 6/26/62

RIGGS, Samuel Marion 12/10/61 6/26/62

Discharged Sept. 19, 1862

RIGGS, Francis M. Marion 12/10/61 6/26/62

Disch. Aug. 22, 1864, Disability

REDMAN, Caleb Carbondale 2/2/62 6/26/62

Trans. to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

SHANK, Oliver DuQuoin 2/22/62 6/26/62

Corporal. Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

SANDERS, David Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

STACY, Francis M. Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

SLATON, Henry DeSoto 12/10/61 6/26/62

Died at Hickman, KY September 2, 1862

SHAVER, Henry Spring Garden 12/10/61 6/26/62

Discharged, December, 15, 1863, Disability

SKINNER, Gilbert H. Tamaroa 12/10/61 6/26/62

Died at Helena, Ark., November 2, 1863

SHINGLETON, James A. Elkville 2/1/62 6/26/62

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

STEWART, Duff G. Jonesboro 2/16/62 6/26/62

Sargeant., Deserted November, 30, 1864

TRAVELSTEAD, George Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

TRAVELSTEAD, Solomon Carbondale 12/10/61 6/26/62

WARD, Lloyd S. Horse Prairie 1/7/62 6/26/62

WALLS, Thomas Murphysboro 12/24/61 6/26/62

Died at Hickman, KY December 24, 1862

WILLIAMS, Andrew J. Murphysboro 1/20/62 6/26/62

Deserted April 2, 1862

WOOD, James Carbondale 2/3/62 6/26/62

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

WOOD, Thomas Murphysboro 2/3/62 6/26/62

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

WHITE, William Murphysboro 3/6/62 6/26/62

Deserted Aug. 30, 1862

RECRUITS

ALLEN, Joseph D. Lincoln 4/2/64 4/2/64

Transferred to Co. I, 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

ARNOLD, Robert M. No notes

BECK, Thomas Hickman, KY 8/14/62 12/2/63

Died at Helena, Ark., Feb. 6, 64

BECKER, Henry Centralia 8/29/62 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. K, 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

BYARS, Isaac D. 8/8/62 12/2/63

Corp’l. Transferred to Co. K, 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

BULLOCK, William G. 11/9/63 12/2/63

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

BIGGS, Christopher C.

Discharged Dec. 30, 1864 as Sargeant

BACHOR, Franklin No Notes

CHAMPION, Elard H. Carbondale 1/10/62

Discharged May 10, 1862

CAMPBELL, John Centralia 9/10/62 12/2/63

Sargeant. Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

CLUTTS, Pleasant F. Casper 11/3/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M, 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

CHILDS, E. D. No Notes

COWIE, William A. Casper 11/7/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

CHILDS, Christopher C. Makanda 11/7/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

D’UGLAS OR D’OUGAL, Jos. Hickman, KY 9/15/62 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. K., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

DUSTIN, Harry B. Lincoln 4/24/64 4/24/64

Deserted November 30, 1864

DYE, Horace L. No Notes

ETHRIDGE, Julius C. Casper 11/7/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

EARLY, Jacob M.

Discharged August 16, 1864, as Corporal.

FOX, Peter E. 2/18/63 12/2/63

Died at Duvall’s Bluff, Ark., Sept. 9, ‘64

GOODELL, Nichols

Discharged Dec. 30, ‘64

GIBSON, Isaac F. No Notes

HOBBS, James C. 11/1/63 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

HUEY, David C. 11/20/63 11/20/63

Transferred to Co. M, 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

HOYLE, John Casper 11/7/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

HEITHONS, George

Discharged 12/30/64

JACKSON, William J. No Notes

KERTH, Frederick

Saddler, Transferred to Co. I, 10th Cavalry

KUHN, Peter No Notes

LINNING, Willis Casper 11/7/63 12/31/63

Transferred to Co. M., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

LACY, Charles S.

Corporal

LAPAUGH, Napoleon B. 9/22/61 10/31/61

Mustered out Oct. 11, ‘64

LUKLYTER, Harrison 10/1/61 10/31/61

Mustered out October 11, 1864

LACEY, George No Notes

LACY, Thomas J. No Notes

McKINNEY, Jonathan Carbondale 8/8/62 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. K., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

MADDEN, Buchner H. Hickman, KY 3/30/63 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. I., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

MADDEN, James A. Hickman, KY 6/1/63 12/2/63

Discharged Apr. 16, 1864, Disability

NEELY, Alonzo

Discharged Dec. 30, 1864, as Sargeant

OGLE, John E. 10/1/61 10/31/61

Mustered out Oct. 14, 1864

OGLE, Joseph A. 10/1/61 10/31/61

Mustered out Oct. 14, 1864

OTTEY, John 10/1/61 10/31/61

Mustered out Oct. 14, 1864

PRIDE, George W.

Died at Helena, Arkansas October 2, 1864

PRIDE, William J. No Notes

STOCKS, Henry Fredonia 8/22/62 12/2/63

Sergeant, Discharged for promotion, May 8, 1864

SPAHLOR, Andrew 9/24/61 10/31/64

Mustered out Oct. 14, 1864

SEARS, Thomas V.

Killed at Trenton, Ark., Oct. 19, 1864

STURGES, Peter No Notes

STARKEY, Jackson C. 1/2/65

Transferred to 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

TROBAUGH, Henry Carbondale 8/8/62 12/2/63

Transferred to Co. K., 10th IL Cavalry, as consolidated

TROBAUGH, Aaron Carbondale 8/8/62

Died at Corinth, Aug. 12, 1863

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE

Washington, November 7, 1863

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 496 (Extract)

XXVII. General Orders, No. 250, December 25, 1862, General Headquarters, State of Illinois, which consolidated certain companies and troops, thus forming the Fifteenth Regiment Illinois Cavalry, is hereby confirmed, as of it's date. All parties affected by it's provisions will be governed accordingly.

By order of the Secretary of War.

E.D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General

Official: SAMUEL BRECK, Acting Assistant Adjutant General

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS

Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 26, 1865

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 24 (Extract)

IV. The original service term of the Tenth and Fifteenth Regiments Ilinois Cavalry Volunteers having expired, the re-enlisted men and recruits of the same will, under the supervision of the Commissary of Musters for the Department, be formed into twelve companies, of the maximum strength, and re-organized as the Tenth Regiment Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, to be officered as follows, viz:

James Stewart Col. 10th IL Cav To Be Colonel

E. Carmichael Major 15th IL Cav To Be Lieut. Col.

Thomas D. Vredenburgh Capt. Co. D, 10th IL Cav To Be Major

George A. Willis Capt. Co. I, 15th IL Cav To Be Major

William A. Chapin Capt. Co. F, 10th IL Cav To Be Major

Augustus A. Shutt Surgeon, 10th IL Cav To Be Surgeon

J. H. Shilling 1st Asst. Surgeon, 10th IL Cav To Be Ass't Surg.

Edwin L. Lathrop 2nd Asst. Surgeon, 10th IL Cav To Be Ass't Surg.

Louis Souther 1st Lieut. & Adj., 15th IL Cav To Be Adjutant

John G. Springer 1st Lieut. Co. I, 10th IL Cav To Be Quartermaster

William King Sgt. Maj., 10th IL Cav To Be Commissary

G. A. Bruce Capt. Co. L, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. A

Byron L. Crouch Capt. Co. B, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. B

Edwin R. Neal 1st Lieut. & Com., 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. C

George W. Curry 1st Lieut., Co. K, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. D

William H. Stout Capt. Co. E, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. E

J. S. Vredenburgh 1st Lieut. Co. B, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. F

William T. Wooten 1st Lieut. Co. C, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. G

Tabner B. Pierce Capt. Co. H, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. H

William H. Coffman Capt. Co. I, 10th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. I

Wm. Duncan Capt. Co. K, 15th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. K

Albert Collins Capt. Co. F, 15th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. L

Daniel Dynan 2nd Lieut. Co. I, 15th IL Cav To Be Capt. Co. M

Samuel F. Russell 2nd Lieut. Co. A, 10th IL Cav. To Be 1st Lt. Co. A

Jerome Ross Sgt. Co. K, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. B

Sardius Smith 1st Lieut. Co. M, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. C

William H. Summy Sgt. Co. K, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. D

Samuel B. Garber 1st Lieut. Co. E, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. E

Casper Britt 1st Sgt. Co. F, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. F

Augustus F. Myers Com. Sgt. 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. G

William A. Keith 1st Lieut. Co. H., 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. H

William Keller Sgt. Co. H, 10th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. I

Charles M. Harvey 1st Lieut., Co. K, 15th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. K

John Mooneham 1st Lieut., Co. F, 15th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. L

Jerome B. Marlett Sgt. Co. I, 15th IL Cav To Be 1st Lt. Co. M

D. Dempster 2nd Lieut. Co. D, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. A

Isaac N. Watts Sgt. Co. B, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. B

George B. Taylor 2nd Lieut. Co. C, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. C

G. H. Sturdevant Sgt. Co. K, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. D

William J. Dorman 2nd Lieut. Co. E, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. E

Edward Jageman Sgt. Co. F, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. F

Fred R. Spriggs 1st Sgt. Co. G, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. G

Fred H. Miller Chief Trumpeter, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. H

Simon Baltzell 2nd Lieut. Co. I, 10th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. I

John A McQueen 2nd Lieut. Co. K, 15th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. K

William H. Huddleston Sgt. Co. E, 15th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. L

George Gunter Sgt. Co. I, 15th IL Cav To Be 2nd Lt. Co. M

All commissioned officers of the Tenth and Fifteenth Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, not herein designated, will be mustered out of service.

The consolidated command will embrace all enlisted men of said regiments retained in service under War Department Circular 36 of 1864, except members of Company M, Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry Volunteers. No reports having been received, the station and status of this Company is unknown. It is supposed to have been mustered out of service; and should any men belonging thereto report for duty, they will be attached, as "unassigned" to Company M, Tenth Illinois Cavalry Volunteers.

By command of Major General J. J. REYNOLDS.

JOHN LEVERING, A.A.A.G.

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