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=== Brief History ===
The 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Anna, Illinois, and mustered in August 26, 1862. It moved to Chicago, Illinois, via Meridian and Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 19-August 5, 1865 and mustered out August 5, 1865<ref>National Park Service, [httphttps://www.itd.nps.gov/cwsscivilwar/ soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] (accessed 4 January 2011).</ref>.<br><br>
For more information on the history of the 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:<br>
*[[Beginning United States Civil War Research|Beginning United States Civil War Research]] gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Illinois in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).<br>
*National Park Service, [httphttps://www.itd.nps.gov/cwsscivilwar/ soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System], is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information. <br>
*[[Illinois in the Civil War|Illinois in the Civil War]] describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Illinois, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc. <br>

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