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98th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, (US Civil War), (USA)

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  • Pvt. Calvin Henderson (USA) (1831 - 1894)
    Calvin Henderson served in Company A, 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry. On 25 Apr 1864, he was captured by Confederate forces and sent to Andersonville Prison.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/98th_Illinois_Volunteer_Infantry_Regiment

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The 98th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later the 98th Regiment Illinois Mounted Infantry, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Service

The 98th Illinois Infantry was organized at Centralia, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 3, 1862.

The regiment was converted to mounted infantry on March 8, 1863. An element of "Wilder's Lightning Brigade", a unit that pioneered the use of mounted infantry.

The regiment was mustered out on June 27, 1865 and discharged at Springfield, Illinois on July 7, 1865.

There is a much more detailed Adjutant General's Report (98th Illinois InfantryRegiment History) of their Civil War activity at: http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/history/098.html. If anyone is interested in talking with me, my gr.gr.grandfather was in the 98th. His name was George Washington HARVEY.

Total strength and casualties

The regiment suffered 30 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 5 officers and 136 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 171 fatalities.

Commanders

Colonel John J. Funkhouser - Discharged due to wounds July 5, 1864.