Macon County, Illinois

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The One-Hundred And Sixteenth Regiment was organized at Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, in Sept. 1862, rendezvousing at the Fair Grounds, and was mustered into the service of the U.S., during the month of Sept. 1862. It remained in camp until Nov. 8, 1862, when ordered to Memphis, Tenn., reporting to Gen. Sherman, arriving there via rail road and river 5 days thereafter, where it remained in camp until Dec. 1, when it moved into the command of Gen. Sherman marching with the army to the Tallahatchee River, forming a junction with column under command of Gen. Grant at College Hill, Miss., a few miles south of the "Wyatt" Bridge, Tallahatchee river, and in a few days thereafter returning to Memphis, Tenn., with the column, and embarking on steamers on the 19th, sailed for Vicksburg, Miss., arriving at Young's Point, on the morning of the 24th of December.

Disembarking, formed part of a column that moved westerly to destroy rail roads between Shreveport and Vicksburg (distant about 8 miles west of Vicksburg) on the night of the 24th, returning from the scout on the morning of the 25th. On the 26th moved up the Yazoo river, with the command of Gen. Sherman; from thence on the morning of the 27th moved out to Chickasaw Bayou, where it participated in the fight of Chickasaw Bayou from the morning of the 28th, until the withdrawal of the forces on the night of Dec. 31st. The regiment lost a portion of its men, killed and wounded, in the engagement. Upon return to Chickasaw landing on Jan. 1st, the column being withdrawn from the Bayou, moved down the Yazoo and up the Miss., to the mouth of the White river; from thence (via cut off) proceeded to Arkansas Post, where it particiapted in that battle, Jan. 11, 1863, losing in the engagement some of its officers and men, killed and wounded; from thence returned with the column to Young's Point, La., where it remained in camp, until Gen. Grant's movement via Grand Gulf, to the rear of Vicksburg, participating in the assaults of the 19th and 22nd of May, '63, at which dates it lost heavily in officers and men, killed and wounded. After the surrender of Vicksburg, it moved with Gen. Sherman's army to Jackson, Miss.; thence to Memphis, Tenn.; thence to Chattanooga, participating in the battle of Missionary Ridge, relief of Knoxville, Tenn., and Atlanta, Ga., rendering service in all the engagements of the army, and participating in mos tof its battles; thence under Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea, participating in the assault of Fort McAllister, Ga., and finally returning to Springfield, Ill., via Washington, D.C. Was mustered out of the service June 7th, 1865.

The regiment left Decatur, Ill., with 840 men (sick left in camp) for duty Nov. 8, 1862. It was placed in active service and on its return to Young's Point Jan. 20th, 1863, it mustered less than 100 men for duty. The two engagements (Chickasaw Bayou and Arkansas Post) had reduced the active force materially. The greater loss, however, was from sickness produced in the swamp of Chickasaw Bayou and resulted in placing almost every officer and enlisted man on the sick list - attributable in part to the poison water of the Yazoo and Bayou, and effecting the men and officers as from the using of mineral (arsenic) poisoning. This, with the general sickness of a new regiment depleted the number of duty men to hardly company standard, temporarily, and resulting in much mortality.

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Record Of
Company "F." 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Organized at Cheney's Grove Hill Aug. 11 '62. This is the only company organization
made up in Cheney's Grove during the war.
Capt. L. N. Bishop, resigned April '63
Capt. N. Geschwind, promoted to 1st Lieut., to Capt. and to Major, mustered out as Campt., June '65
1st Lieut. J. B. Tutt, died Jan. '61
1st Lieut. S. R. Riggs, promoted 2nd Lieut., and 1st Lieut., wounded, resigned Dec. '64
1st Lieut. W. P. Gardner, promoted Ord. Sargt., 1st Lieut. and Capt., must'r'd out as 1st Lieut. June '65
2nd Lieut. B. R. Prall, died March '63
Sergeants.
Joseph Scott, discharged April '63
M. E. Turner, died at Young's Point, Feb. '63
Thos. Rawlings, died at Young's Point, Jan. '63
John A. Cochran, promoted Ord. Sergt. and 1st Lieut., mustered out as Ord. Sergt. June '65
J. P. Lewis, promoted to 2nd Lieut., mustered out as Sergt. June '65
H. Sprague, promoted, mustered out June '65
I. H. Williams, promoted, mustered out June '65
W. H. Yazel, promoted, mustered out June '65
Corporals.
John Clark, mustered out June '65
John Owens, mustered out June '65
William Jordan, absent, sick at mustering out.
William Gaston, died at Cheney's Grove Oct. '62
Jacob Myers, died at Young's Point, April '63
Eli Gerr, killed at Vicksburg, May 19, '63.
Privates.
Mustered out with organization, June 7, 1865
Harmon H. Arbogast, John Burgo, Andrew P. Bailey, William Craig, R. H. L. Crumbaugh, G. W. Cornwell, G. T. Hayes, Jesse R. Hill, J. W. Jones, John W. Perry, John Patton, E. W. Read, William Smylie - com's'n'd 2nd Lieut. not mustered., J. K. P. Smith, E. Todd - accidentally wounded, must'r'd out May '65, Moses R. Walker, James H. Watts, G. W. Williams, G. K. Young
Discharged.
Joseph Brown - hospital, Frank Butt - Feb. '63, John Buckey - hospital, F. M. Bailey - March '63, Thomas Bailey - March '63, J. W. Cooper - hospital, Lee Cheney - Oct. '64, A. P. Cunningham - hospital, Charles Dyer - hospital, Thomas Gilmore - hospital, Hiram Gist - Sept. '63, John Green - hospital, J. W. Jackson - hospital, George A. Lamper - May '63, David Lourish - March '63, Lewis Mann - hospital, James Perry - Nov. '64, Lonie Phillips - hospital, J. F. Stansbury - Jan. '65, Samuel Smylie - hospital, John Thomas - hospital, Francis Todd - hospital, Seneca Yapp - hospital
Transferred.
Richard Ball, trans. to Co. F 55th Ill. Inf.
William M. Boyd, trans. to Co. F 55th Ill. Inf.
Serg't John Myers, trans. to V. R. C. April '64
J. H. Owen, trans. to Co. F 55th Ill. Inf.
Detached.
William Hamilton in Pioneer Corp., L. HOrn? in hospital corp., Alex Hileman in bat'y A 1st Ill. Light Art'y, P. Moore in battery A 1st Ill. Light Art'y, B. Sprague in bat'y A 1st Ill. Light Art'y.
Died And Killed.
John Brown died at Milliken's Bend, La. April '63
B. Dysert died at Memphis, Tenn. May '63
Thomas Gibson died at Quincy, Ill. Dec. '64 of wounds
J. Higdon died at Memphis, Tenn. March '63
W. Huntly died at Beaufort, S.C. Feb. '65
Hugh Y. Keys died at Nashville, Tenn. March '64
R. C. Lewis died at Cheney's Grove, Ill. Oct. '62
H. Lourish died at Young's Point, La. Feb. '63
J. Means died at Young's Point, La. June '63
Robert Myers died at Young's Point, La. Feb. '63
J. S. Quick died at Memphis, Tenn. April '63
J. G. Richards died at Young's Point, La. Feb. '63
E. A. Smith died at Memphis, Tenn. March '63
R. Stansbury died at Vicksburg, Miss. July '63
N. Stansbury died at Young's Point, La. March '63
F. Strong killed at Vicksburg, Miss. May 19, '63
W. Watson died at Young's Point, La. Jan. '63
J. W. Whitesell died at Young's Point, La. Feb. '63
J. C. Stansbury promoted 2nd Lieut. died at Milliken's Bend, La. April '63


 

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