The Fiftieth Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Quincy, Illinois, in the month of August, 1861, by Colonel Moses M. Bane, and mustered into United States’ service September 12, 1861, by Captain T. G. Pitcher, U.S.A.

October 9, moved to Hannibal, Missouri. 19th, to Chillicothe. November 27, to St. Joseph, reporting to Colonel R. F. Smith, commanding post. December 19, to Palmyra. 24th to St. Joseph.

January 21, 1862, ordered to Cairo, Illinois, and from thence to Smithland, Kentucky, whence the Regiment reported to Colonel Lauman, January 28.

February 6, marched into Fort Henry. 12th, formed a part of Colonel John Cook’s Third Brigade, of the Second Division, and moved against Fort Donelson. Took an active part, February 13, 14 and 15, at Fort Donelson. 22d, occupied Clarksville, Tenn. 28th, arrived at Nashville. Remained on board the boat and returned to Clarksville, March 1.

March 25th, ordered to Pittsburgh Landing, and landed at that place, 31st.Engaged in the battle of Shiloh, April 6 and 7. Engaged in the siege of Corinth, May 1862. June 4, under Major General John Pope, pursued the enemy as far as Booneville, Mississippi. Returned to Camp near Corinth, June 10. October 3, moved out against the enemy, who was approaching under Price, Van Dorn and Villipique. 5th, engaged in the battle of Corinth. Pursued the enemy as far as Ruckersville, Mississippi. October 12, returned to Corinth.

December 18, went on scout to Lexington, Tennessee. April 15, 1863, moved toward Tuscumbia, Alabama. Had a skirmish at Bear Creek, 17th; also at Cherokee, and at Newsome’s Farm. 24th, camped at Tuscumbia. 27th, moved toward Town Creek, and fought the enemy under General Forrest, at Town Creek, on the 28th. On the 29th, (General Streight having got well on the road for Georgia) the Regiment returned to Tuscumbia, and, on the 3d of May, arrived at Corinth.

October 11, General Dodge, commanding Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, ordered the Brigade, Colonel Bane commanding, to Lagrange, Tennessee. 17th, returned to Corinth. November 6, moved to Eastport, and crossed the Tennessee River at midnight. Passed through Waterloo on the 7th, Lauderdale and Lexington on the 10th, Pulaski on the 12th, and camped at Lynnville.

November 17, Regiment was mounted, by order of Major General Dodge.

January 1, 1864, three-fourths of the men of the Regiment re-enlisted, and were mustered January 16, and started for Illinois, for the veteran furlough.

February 28, moved from Quincy, and March 5, arrived at Lynnville. 13th ordered to Athens, Alabama. 15th, moved to Decatur Junction. 22d, crossed the Tennessee River to Decatur. 27th, re-crossed to Decatur Junction. 31st, moved to Moorsville.

April 12, moved to Athens, Alabama. 30th, moved to Chattanooga, via Larkinsville. May 5, marched to Chickamauga Creek and camped near Lee and Gordon’s Mills.8th, camped in Snake Creek Gap. 9th, moved to Resaca and returned. 13th, moved to Resaca. 14th, to Calhoun Ferry. 15th, to Lay’s Ferry, and crossed Oostanaula River. 17th, met the enemy at a cross-road, near the river, and, after some fighting, drove him from the field–the Regiment losing 1 man killed and 7 wounded. 19th, arrived at Kingston. 22nd, at Rome.

June 20, Colonel Bane having resigned, Brigadier William Vandever took command of the Brigade. July 3, one hundred and fifty men from the Brigade and one hundred of First Alabama Cavalry, made an expedition to Cedar Town, Major Hanna, of the Fiftieth, commanding, and returned, and on the 6th, to Cave Springs, and returned, both times capturing prisoners and horses.

In August, Colonel Rowett, of the Seventh Illinois Infantry, took command of the Brigade.

September 27, the Second Division, Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, Brigadier General John M. Corse commanding, was transferred to Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps. 29th, the non-veterans of the Regiment were started home, for muster-out.

October 4, took cars for Allatoona, at 8 o’clock P.M.; arrived at midnight. At daylight skirmishing commenced, and by 10 o’clock the whole force was fiercely engaged with Hood’s Army. The enemy was repulsed. The Regiment lost 87 killed, wounded and missing. Lieutenant Colonel Hana, and Assistant Suurgeon A. G. Pickett were wounded.

October 13, Lieutenant Colonel Hurlbut commanding Brigade, and Captain Horn commanding Regiment, it moved out on Cave Spring road, and met the enemy six miles out, with two pieces of artillery. It drove them four miles, and returned to Rome.

November 10, 1864, moved toward Atlanta. 15th, left Atlanta. 20th, crossed the Ocmulgee. 26th, crossed Oconee, at Ball’s Ferry. December 7th, crossed the Ogeechee at Mt. Vernon Road. 10th, met the enemy at Little Ogeechee. 16th, went foraging to McIntosh, 30 miles from Savannah.

January 27, moved up Savannah River, crossing at Sister’s Ferry, February 4. 12th, crossed North Ediston. 14th, camped near Congaree Creek. 16th, crossed Saluda River. 17th, crossed Congaree River, and entered Columbia. 22d, crossed Wateree. 26th, crossed Lynch’s Creek. March 5 and 6, did provost duty in Cheraw. 12th, arrived at Fayetteville. 18th, built barricades at Newton’s Grove. 20th and 21st, fought the enemy at Bentonville, losing 2 killed and 14 wounded. 24th, marched through Goldsboro.

April 10, Colonel Hanna commanding Brigade moved to Raleigh. 14th, reviewed by General Sherman, as it marched through Raleigh. 16th, moved to Morrisville, and, on surrender of Johnson, returned to Raleigh. April 29, 1865, moved northward, via Petersburg, Manchester and Richmond, and camped at Alexandria, 20th May. May 24, participated in the grand review at Washington, and camped near Soldier’s Home.

June 3, moved via Packersburg, Virginia, to Louisville, Kentucky, arriving on the 8th. July 3, in the prize drill between Sixty-third Illinois, Seventh Iowa Infantry and Fiftieth Illinois, the Regiment won the prize banner.

July 13th, mustered out of United States’ service by Captain W. B. Guthrie, Eighty-first Ohio Volunteers and A. C. M. Arrived at Camp Butler, Illinois, July 14, 1865, for final payment and discharge. [1]History from the Adjutant General’s Report.

Name and RankResidenceDate of Rank
or Enlistment
Thomas W. GainesPaysonSept. 12, 1861Promoted Major
William K. HazelwoodPaysonOct. 9, 1862MO June 17, 1863 as 1st Lt.
John W. RickartRichfieldOct. 9, 1862MO July 13, 1865
First Lieutenants:
Henry CusickLibertySept. 12, 1861Resigned Apr. 1, 1862
William K. HazelwoodPaysonApr. 1, 1862Detached
John W. RickartRichfieldOct. 9, 1862
Charles H. FloydQuincyApr. 16, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Second Lieutenants:
William K. HazelwoodPaysonSept. 12, 1861Promoted
Jesse C. RodgersPaysonApr. 1, 1862Resigned
Charles H. FloydQuincyOct. 22, 1862Promoted
James S. GayerPaysonApr. 16, 1864MO July 13, 1865
First Sergeant:
Jesse C. RodgersPaysonAug. 19, 1861Promoted 2d Lt.
David WhitcombPaysonAug. 19, 1861Red. and Trans.CoK,Oct.1, 1862
James S. GayerPaysonAug. 19, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Levi ShinnPayson
James CorbinBurtonTrans Co. K, April 1, 1862
Charles H. FloydQuincyAug. 19, 1861Prom. 2d Lt. from Sgt
Augustus P. TraverLibertyRe-enlisted as veteran
Joseph W. EvansRichfieldDisch. Dec. 1, 1863
William W. PondLibertyRe-enlisted as veteran
John W. RickartRichfieldProm. 1st Lt. from Sgt.
William F. BaconLibertyDisc. June 20, 1862
L. Mason HibbardPayson?
Alexander C. CooperRichfieldRe-enlisted as veteran
Barton RubyPaysonAug. 19, 1861MO Sept. 27, 1864
George W. FahsPaysonRe-enlisted as veteran
James M. CollinsPaysonRe-enlisted as veteran
Alexander, HansonPaysonAug. 19, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Allen, IsaacLibertyMO Sept. 27, 1864 as Corporal
Allen, Nathan W.LibertyRe-enlisted as veteran
Buck, James M.Payson
Blauser, AlexanderPayson
Bradshaw, John H.Payson
Brennan, GeorgeLiberty
Buskirk, PerryLibertyDisch. June 19, 1862
Blivens, Benjamin B.BurtonDisch. June 29, 1862
Behymer, Francis M.RichfieldRe-enlisted as veteran
Butler, George H.PaysonProm. Lt. Co. C, 1st Ala. Inf., A, D
Colwell, JohnLibertyMO Sept. 27, 1864
Culp, JasperLibertyDied St.Joseph,MO,Jan.16,1862
Cotle, John A.PaysonDied St.Joseph,MO,Dec.23,1861
Culp, George W.LibertyTransferred to Co. K
Culp, Francis M.LibertyMO Sept. 27, 1864
Colwell, RobertLibertyDied Apr. 14, 1862, wounds
Corbin, WashingtonBurtonDisch. Jul. 11, 1862
Childress, John J.BurtonTr. to Co. K, Feb. 10, 1862
Colwell, WilliamLibertyRe-enlisted as veteran
Chapman, WilliamQuincyDisch. Nov. 28, 1862
Conner, HenryLibertyDisch. Aug. 26, 1862
Culp, Chesley W.QuincyOct. 23. 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Foster, LewisPaysonAug. 19. 1861Disch. Aug. 26, 1862
Frey, ReubenBurtonRe-enlisted as veteran
Foster, Lorenzo S.Beverly
Garty, JohnMcGeeMO Sept. 27, 1864
Gallaher, JohnLibertyOct. 23, 1861MO Oct. 22, 1864
Hardisty, RichardBarrySept. 24, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Hubert, Charles F.BeverlySept. 25, 1861
Hayden, George W.QuincySept. 28, 1861Tr. to Co. K, Feb. 10, 1862
House, ThomasRichfieldSept. 17, 1861Died St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 10, 1862
Howlem, NicholasPaysonAug. 19, 1861?
Hall, Taylor T.BarryDisch. June 20, 1862
Hardisty, JohnBarryDisch. June 29, 1862
Hess, John B.McGeeRe-enlisted as veteran
Harris, James W.Burton
Jimison, JamesRichfield
Larrimore, WilliamPaysonDied Apr.14, 1862, wounds
Lyon, Joseph H.PaysonRe-enlisted as veteran
Lynthicum, SylvesterPaysonDisch. June 22, 1862
Landon, Marquis A.Payson
Leaton, JohnRichfieldDisch. July 6, 1862
McGloughlin, John W.PaysonRe-enlisted as veteran
Morris, RichardPaysonDisch. Oct. 15, 1862
McClelland, Lyman W.RichfieldAug. 19, 1861MO Sept. 27, 1864
Mitts, William J.BurtonRe-enlisted as veteran
Mitts, James A.Liberty
Manifold, John H.BurtonDied Clarksville,TN, Mar. 20,1862
McManigle, William R.BushnellSept. 18, 1861MO Sept. 27, 1864
Mercer, Robert W.LibertyAug. 19, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Northup, William A.Liberty
Nelson, Matthew J.BeverlyDied Corinth, May 21, 1862, wounds
Ogle, Isaac J.BeverlyRe-enlisted as veteran
Robertson, George L.PaysonDisch. June 18, 1862
Rutter, JosephPaysonDeserted May 28, 1862
Reed, James M.BeverlyMO Sept. 27, 1864
Robb, James M.LibertyRe-enlisted as veteran
Rennicker, NoahPayson
Shinn, MontgomeryPaysonDied Apr. 17, 1862
Shinn, OliverPaysonDisch. Oct. 2, 1862
Sparks, William L.LibertyDisch. Apr. 29, 1862
Summers, AlvaPaysonRe-enlisted as veteran
Seybold, JamesFairmountDisch. Aug. 9, 1862, old age
Stauffer, George W.FairmountRe-enlisted as veteran
Summers, JerryPaysonKilled at Corinth,Oct.4,1864
Traver, GeorgeLibertyOct. 23, 1861Disch. Apr. 29, 1862
Thomas, JacobRichfieldAug. 19, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Warner, CharlesOyster, MO
Warner, TheodoreOyster, MODisch. Aug. 14, 1862
Wheeler, Henry C.BurtonSept. 2, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Willis, John J.BushnellOct. 4, 1861Disch. Aug. 16, 1862
Adams, John D.PaysonDec. 30, 1863MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Alexander, HansonStone’s PrairieJan. 1, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Allen, Nathan W.Liberty
Bradshaw, John N.Stone’s PrairieMO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Bain, George H.FairweatherMO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Blauser, AlexanderPaysonMO July 13, 1865
Behymer, Francis M.Richfield
Buck, JamesStone’s PrairieKilled Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
Brennan, GeorgeLibertyMO July 13, 1865
Chandler, JasperLibertyKilled Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
Cooper, AlexanderRichfieldMO July 13, 1865
Colwell, WilliamLiberty
Collins, JamesPaysonMO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Culp, Chesley W.Liberty
Frey, ReubenBurton
Foster, Lorenzo S.BeverlyMO July 13, 1865
Fahs, GeorgeStone’s PrairieMO July 13, 1865 as Mus’n
Gayer, James S.Stone’s PrairiePro 1st Sgt, then 2d Lt.
Hardisty, RichardRichfieldMO July 13, 1865
Hess, John B.McGee
Harris, James W.BurtonMO July 13, 1865
Huggins, Robert L.Bancroft, MO
Hubert, Charles F.BeverlyPromoted Sgt Major
Jimison, JamesRichfieldMO July 13, 1865
Lyon, Joseph H.Stone’s PrairieMO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Mercer, RobertLibertySgt. Killed Allatoona,GA,Oct.5,1864
McGloughlin, JohnStone’s PrairieJan. 1, 1864MO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Mitts, William J.BurtonMO July 13, 1865
Mitts, James A.Richfield
Mewmaw, James A.QuincyMar. 7, 1864
Northup, WilliamBushnellJan. 1, 1864
Ogle, Isaac J.BeverlyMO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Pond, William W.LibertyPromoted Hospital Steward
Robb, James M.LibertyMO July 13, 1865
Rennecker, NoahStone’s Prairie
Shinn, LeviPaysonMO July 13, 1865 as Sgt.
Stauffer, George W.FairmountMO July 13, 1865 as Corporal
Summers, AlvaLibertyMO July 13, 1865
Thomas, JacobRichfield
Traver, AugustusLibertyMO July 13, 1865
Warner, CharlesLewis Co., MOMO July 13, 1865, as Corporal
Wheeler, Henry C.BurtonMO July 13, 1865, on furlo’h
Adams, John D.PaysonNov. 1, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Burch, JamesRichfieldFeb. 10, 1864Disch. Sept. 30,1864,Disability
Bain, George H.RichfieldNov. 27, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Blauser, Daniel G.PaysonNov. 1, 1861MO Nov. 5, 1864
Behymer, James M.RichfieldFeb. 26, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Beckman, AdolphQuincyFeb. 24, 1864
Belts, CharlesRichfieldFeb. 10, 1864
Bowers, WilliamKinderhookMar. 20, 1865
Boulware, PittKinderhook
Beede, Jerome B.Beverly
Chandler, JasperLibertyNov. 27, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Campbell, John W.PaysonNov. 1, 1861Left sick Corinth,Nov.28,1863
Cole, George W.KinderhookFeb. 24, 1865MO July 13, 1865
Clark, SamuelKinderhookApr. 12, 1865
Call, DavidKinderhookMar. 29, 1865
Crook, James A.PaysonJan. 13, 1864Died Nov. 1, 1864, wounds
Deal, JohnMcKeeNov. 27, 1861Died May 25, 1862
Deighton, RichardKingstonDec. 13, 1861MO Dec. 12, 1864
Davis, William S.KinderhookFeb. 25, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Eaton, Eleavor A.KinderhookNov. 16, 1863
Fulton, JohnPaysonJan. 24, 1862Disch. June 18, 1862
Frame, PeterBeverlyFeb. 3, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Grigsby, ReubenPaysonNov. 29, 1861Killed at Shiloh, Apr. 6, 1862
Gallagher, Gaines M.LibertyFeb. 11, 1862Died Paducah, Apr.6, 1862
Huggins, Robert L.PaysonNov. 27, 1861Re-enlisted as veteran
Ham, William T.LibertyJan. 24, 1862Disch., term expired
Hall, Thomas T.ColumbusFeb. 11, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Ham, John C.LibertyJan. 28, 1864MO July 13, 1865, wounded
Hawerton, William E.Liberty
Huls, AloidusCamp PointMar. 6, 1865
Hughs, JamesKinderhookMar. 25, 1865
Humphrey, Horatio W.KinderhookFeb. 25, 1864Disch. Mar. 13, 1865
Heck, James T.MolineFeb. 26, 1864Disch. Mar. 22, 1865, Disability
Jackson, James F.KinderhookJan. 26, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Kennedy, William P.KinderhookFeb. 25, 1864
Kendall, Charles A.BeverlyFeb. 27, 1864
Lightle, James?Oct. 1, 1863Disch. Mar. 29, 1865, Disability
Love, George W.BarryJan. 29, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Lykes, WilliamRichfieldFeb. 3, 1864
Lyon, Jacob E.KinderhookFeb. 25, 1864
Lease, Joseph F.Kinderhook
Lyon, Nathan B.KinderhookNov. 16, 1863
Lightle, JohnPayson
Long, Joseph W.PaysonMar. 16, 1865
Long, James H.PaysonNov. 16, 1863Disch. Feb.25,1865,Disability
Mewmaw, James A.PaysonFeb. 11, 1863Re-enlisted as veteran
Mitts, Charles W.RichfieldJan. 19, 1864MO July 13, 1865
McKee, CharlesKinderhookMar. 29, 1865
Nelson, Levi L.KinderhookJan. 26, 1864
Ogle, George W.BeverlyFeb. 25, 1864Died Rome, GA., Sept.5,1864
Parker, JosephRichfieldJan. 20, 1864MO July 13, 1865
Porter, Albert B.PaysonFeb. 25, 1864
Robb, George W.QuincyJan. 20, 1864
Staufler, William F.BeverlyFeb. 26, 1864
Shinn, MontravillePayson
Spencer, William K.KinderhookFeb. 25, 1864
Stratton, ScipioPayson
Sturtevant, CharlesPaysonFeb. 28, 1865
Thompson, James M.PaysonJan. 26, 1864
Thomas, SethRichfieldFeb. 3, 1864
Voeth, Frederick???
West, Benjamin F.PaysonJan. 26, 1864MO June 28, 1865
Watkins, Stephen M.BeverlyFeb. 3, 1864MO June 22, 1865
Warner, Frederick D.QuincyFeb. 27, 1864Died Nashville,Dec.1, 1864
Waller, AlexanderPaysonDec. 14, 1861Killed Shiloh,Apr.6, 1862
Under Cooks of A.D.
Braden, PorterLynnville, TNDec. 6, 1863MO July 13, 1865
Blair, ReubenLynnville, TNDec. 21, 1863Died Rome, GA., Sept. 26, 1864
Hanner, SamuelLynnville, TNDec. 6, 1863MO July 13, 1863
Hanner, Jeofrey??Deserted at Athens, Alabama



1History from the Adjutant General’s Report.