Travel your Illinois Trails to the Past with Genealogy Trails History Group

Rock Island County
Illinois Genealogy Trails


Chapter XXXIII.
Military History by John M. Holt



The original Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry was organized August 16, 1861, and its members served their time out with honor in the Army of Tennessee. The Forty-seventh Consolidated infantry was made up of non-veterans. Recruits of other regiments were transferred to it and drafted men completed its ranks. The basis of the consolidation consisted of 1996 men of the Forty-seventh, who had veteranized with its recruits.

One of the drafted companies was Rock Island G, which had but five desertions, while Company E, from, Peoria, had forty-five desertions shortly after being mustered into the service.

The new regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, First Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, to which the original Forty-seventh had belonged, was detached several times to go to different points, and at one time was at Chicago, Ill., November 4, 1864, where it was engaged in suppressing a riot.

This regiment saw active service at Spanish Fort and other places, and was finally mustered out at Selma, Ala., January 21, 1866, and ordered to Springfield for final payment and discharge. The following members of Company G were all that were in the regiment from Rock Island county:

Captain: James W. Ballard, Andalusia; e. March 9, 1865; m.o. Jan. 21, 1866.

David Schachter, Rock Island; e. Feb. 27, 1865; d. at Demopolis, Ala, July 16, 1865

Peter Schachter, Rock Island; e. March 3, 1865; m.o. Jan. 21, 1866

[pgs. 843, 870-1 Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County, 1914 Submitted by Mary Lou Schachter]



©Genealogy Trails