15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 15th regiment, Illinois Cavalry was organized December 25, 1862, in the field and at Camp Butler, Ill., by assignment of Stewart's Independent Cavalry Battalion, organized at Jackson, Tenn., July, 1862, as Companies "A," "B," "C," "D," "E" and "F." Gilbert's Independent Cavalry Company, 52nd Illinois, organized at Geneva October 25, 1861, as Company "G." Kane County Independent Cavalry Company, organized September 1, 1861, as Company "H." Jenks' Company Dragcons, 36th Illinois, organized at Camp Hammond, Ill., September 23, 1861, as Company "I." Sherer's Company Dragoons, 36th Illinois, organized at Camp Hamilton, Ills., September 23, 1861, as Company "K." Ford's Cavalry Company, 53rd Illinois, organized at Ottawa, Ills., January 1, 1862, as Company "L." Company "K," 1st Illinois Cavalry, assigned as Company "M," but mustered out December 27, 1862. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 12.[1].

Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin
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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.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Illinois Civil War Rosters web site. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks.

  • Company A - many men from Alexander County (Also known as Stewart's Independent
    Cavalry Company, Stewart's Independent Battalion Cavalry-15th Illinois Cavalry, Companies A - F) - Alexander County web site -
  • Company B - many men from Massac County (Also known as Carmichael's Cavalry Company) - Massac County web site -
  • Company C - many men from Franklin County (Also known as Dollins' Cavalry Company)
    - Franklin County web site -
  • Company D - many men from Clinton County (Also known as Clinton County Cavalry, O'Harnett's Cavalry Company) Clinton County web site -

  • Company E - many men from Jackson County (Also known as Hutchens' Cavalry Company) - Jackson County web site -
  • Company F - many men from Franklin County - Franklin County web site -
  • Company G - many men from Kane County (Also known as Gilbert's Cavalry Company) - Kane County web site -
  • Company H - many men from Kane County (Also known as Wilder's Cavalry Company, Steele's Escort, Kane County Cavalry) - Kane County web site -
  • Company I - many men from Kane and Kendall counties (Also known as Jenks' Cavalry Company or Dragoons, Hamilton's Escort,
    Rosecrans' Escort, Willis' Cavalry Company) - Kane and Kendall county web sites -
  • Company K - many men from Kane County (Also known as Slocum's Escort, Dodson's Cavalry Company, Hooker's Escort, Davis'
    Escort, Sherer's Cavalry Company Dragoons, Smith's Cavalry Company, Williams' Escort) - Kane County web site -  
  • Company L - many men from LaSalle and Bureau counties (Also known as Ford's Cavalry Company, Grant's Escort) - LaSalle and Bureau county web sites -

Other Sources
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).