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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, [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ 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>
• [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/81st_Illinois_Volunteer_Infantry_Regiment Wikipedia], (accessed 30 Dec 2010) article on the 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.<br>
•[http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unilinf7.htm#81st The Civil War Archive]. (accessed 30 Dec 2010) Brief history of the 81st Regiment Infantry. <br><br>
=== <br>Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin ===
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.<br>
=== <br>Other Sources<br> ===
 
WEBSITES
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System], (accessed 30 Dec. 2010) can be searched by soldier's name or by regiment; includes regimental rosters and additional history of the regiment.
BOOKS === References ===
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