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61st Infantry

Three years service.

The Sixty-first regiment contained a few men, who enlisted from Schuyler and Brown counties. Their names may be seen in the list following this shor memoir. The regiment was organized at Carrollton, Illinois, by Col. Jacob Fry. Three full companies were mustered February 5, 1862, and on the 21st they moved to Benton Barracks, Mo., where a sufficient number of recruits joined to make nine full companies. On the 26th of March, 1862 embarked for Pittsburg Landing, were it arrived on the 30th inst., and was assigned to the brigade of Col. Madison Miller, Eighteenth Missouri, division of Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss. April 6th, 400 men were formed into line, in time to receive the first assault of the enemy, and stood their ground for an hour and a quarter, and until every other regiment in the Division had given away, and were then ordered to fall back. For this gallant stand, the regiment was complimented by Gen. Prentiss. It was then ordered to support a battery of the First Missouri Artillery, and later, was ordered to the support of Gen. Hurlbut, and assisted in maintaining his line until relieved by a fresh regiment, when it was ordered to a position supporting the siege guns. April 7th, was in reserve. Lost in this engagement, 80 killed, wounded and missing, including three commissioned officers. From this time until December 18th, 1862, the regiment did nothing of note; made several marches, etc., but at that date, 240 men of the Sixty-first, proceeded by rail, to Jackson, and moving out the Lexington road, under command of Col. Engleman, with the Forty-third Illinois and a detachment of cavalry, took position at Salem Cemetery, and on the morning of the 19th repulsed the enemy under Forrest, with three pieces of artillery, and pursued him some distance. The regiment also participated in several skirmishes, and always sustained a good reputation. Was mustered out September 8, 1865.

Company J.
Anderson, Samuel M., recruit, mustered out March 24, 1865.
Black, Samuel, recruit, mustered out March 24, 1865.
Boon, John, veteran recruit, mustered out June 28, 1865, prisoner of war.
Campbell, Lewis C., recruit, mustered out July 20, 1865.
Duke, Abram, recruit, discharged May 2, 1862, disability.
Jones, John B., veteran recruit, died December 23, 1864 of wounds.
Kirkham, Charles, recruit, discharged March 30, 1863, disability.
Londry, John W., veteran recruit, killed at Nashville, Tennessee, December 15, 1864.
Londry, Wm., veteran recruit, mustered out September 8, 1865.
Low, Wm. A., recruit, missing since battle of Shiloh.
Misenheimer, Isaac, recruit, mustered out March 24, 1865.
Misenheimer, Marion, recruit, mustered out March 24, 1865.
*Reed, Ami
Ryan, Chas. W., recruit, died in prison at Montgomery, Alabama.
Spangler, Cyrus, recruit, mustered out March 24, 1865.
Spiller, Isaac, recruit, discharged December 9, 1862, disability.
Tucker, Francis, pro. corporal, veteran recruit, pro. sergeant, paroled prisoner of war, died at Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 15, 1865.
Wilson, William S., recruit, missing since battle of Shiloh.
Wisdom, Granville L., veteran recruit, mustered out September 8, 1865, as sergeant. 

Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, 1882
*Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Schuyler County, 1908

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