15th Illinois Cavalry

Taken from Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1900-1902)
Submitted and Transcribed by Debbie Woolard

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

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

Moved in the month of November to Corinth, Miss.

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

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

The recruits who were enlisted in 1863, were consolidated with the Tenth Illinois Cavarly. Moved to San Antonio, Tex., and mustered out of service.

History of Company I, Fifteenth Cavalry

This company was organized at Aurora, Kane county, Ill., August 2, 1861, by Captain Albert Jenks, and was mustered in, September 23, as Cavalry, attached to Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteers.

On 24th September, moved from camp, and reported to the Regiment, at Rolla, Mo. On 31st December, reported to Colonel Carr, commanding Third Illinois Cavalry, and moved to Bennett's Mills. On February 10, 1862, moved to Osage Springs, Mo., arriving on 20th. March 2d, moved, with Siegel's Division, to near Bentonville, losing 4 men taken prisoners. Was engaged, March 7 and 8, at Pea Ridge.

Moved, with the army, to Salem. May 1, ordered to White River. Returned to Batesville, on the 9th. Was engaged in the movements of Asboth's Division, and arrived at Cape Girardeau, Mo., May 24. Moved to Hamburg Landing, Tenn. Was escort for General Rosecrans, at battle of Corinth, October 3 and 4.

December 25, 1862, was assigned to the Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry. On 9th June 1863, moved to Memphis. May 20, landed at Chickasaw Bayou, and was engaged in the operations against Vicksburg, with the Regiment. August 17, moved to Carrollton, La. September 5, moved, with Fourth Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, to Morganzia, La., and was engaged in the campaign, General Herron commanding. October 10, returned to Carrollton. 15th, moved to Brashear, La., and on 17th, to New Iberia, La. Was engaged in scouting, and various expeditions, reporting to Brigadier General A.L. Lee, as escort, January 5, 1864.

On February 11, the company moved for Illinois, for veteran furlough, and, on 26th, the men were furloughed at Chicago, Ill.

Soldiers from Massac in the 15th IL CAV

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