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161st Illinois Infantry      
Company A
David Willis Wells - Private   
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Contact Name:  Steve Wells
Contact Email:  Click for E-mail
Date Added:  3/9/2011
Company B
Atlas Badgley - Private   
Enlisted as a Private on 07 March 1865
Enlisted in Company A, 98th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 07 March 1865.
Transferred Company A, 98th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 28 June 1865
Transferred in Company B, 61st Infantry Regiment Illinois on 28 June 1865.
Contact Name:  Steve Badgley
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Date Added:  9/21/2005
Company B
John S. Benner - Private   
Enlisted Dec. 5th, 1861 in Carrolton, IL
Discharged on disability on July 7th, 1862 with 'diseased eyes'
Re-enlisted on February 21st, 1865 in Jacksonville, IL
Contact Name:  Nikki Benner
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Date Added:  9/7/2005
Company C
John Enos French - Corporal   
Cpl. French became a “Veteran Volunteer” when his time was up in the 68th Illinois Infantry, and was transferred to the 61st. Before the 68th, he was in the 123rd Ill. Inf'y. See also the “homepage” on this entry.
Contact Name:  Wes Groleau
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Contact Homepage:  http://UniGen.us/webtrees/individual?pid=P677
Date Added:  1/29/2011
Company C
robert newton leitch - Private   
I have Roberts original Union Army discharge paper.
Contact Name:  M. Leitch
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Date Added:  6/19/2010
Company D
Leander Stillwell - Sergeant   
Sgt. Stillwell (later Judge Stillwell) is no relation to me. But he needs to be recorded if only to point out that his writings (see “home page”) offer detailed accounts of life in Company D of the 61st.
Contact Name:  Wes Groleau
Contact Email:  Click for E-mail
Contact Homepage:  http://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=inauthor:leander+inauthor:stillwell
Date Added:  1/29/2011
Company D
Enoch Wilson Wallace - 2nd Lieutenant   
1829-After 1920.
3d US Dragoons Mexican War. First (Orderly) Sergeant of Co. D from enlistment to Arkansas Campaign. Mentioned and pictured in Stillwell's book 'Story of a Common Soldier'. Resigned Feb. 1865. Died in Texas.
Contact Name:  Greg Watson
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Date Added:  3/4/2006
Company E
Sumner Bean Knox - Private   
Transferred from Company A, 83rd Infantry Regiment Illinois on 26 June 1865.
Mustered out on 8 September 1865 at Nashville, TN.
Contact Name:  Eric Stone
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Date Added:  5/28/2010
Company F
George Hester Coons - Private   
Looking for a photo of the 61st Co F
Contact Name:  Bryan Egnew
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Date Added:  4/4/2011
Company F
Andrew Jackson Dolhite - Private   
Last name of 'Dolhite' also spelled Dolahite, Dolhit, Dollahite, Dollhite, Dollywhite, etc. in records.
Contact Name:  Gerald Revis
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Date Added:  4/17/2011
Company F
Robert E. (Elkin) Haggard - Captain   
Captain R. E. Elkin was wounded on the first day of the Battle at Shiloh (Pittsburgh Landing), April 6, 1862, then captured and sent to Libby Prison with Federal Generals Prentiss and Crittenden and 213 other officers from Shiloh. There are papers in his records of his promotion to Major, but he had been captured before he received that promotion. He was exchanged, returned to his unit, but then was mustered out because of the severity of his injuries. He never regained the use of his arm.
Contact Name:  M. Allen
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Date Added:  2/5/2007
Company F
Lemuel McGinnis - Private   
In line of battle until unit overrun.
Died of Camp Dysentery April 19th, 1862.
Interred at Shiloh Natl Cemetery.
Contact Name:  Ron McGinnis
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Date Added:  11/27/2016
Company H
William G Farrar - Corporal   
William, b. 2 July 1845, Jefferson Co., IN, was the son of William T. Farrar and Martha J. Sever. On 10 Dec 1861, William enlisted for Civil War service at Carrollton, Lawrence Co., Illinois. The 24th of January 1864, William enlisted for a second tour of duty and became a Corporal. He was described as having grey eyes, dark hair, dark complexion and being 5 feet 5 inches in height. The 15th of December 1864 William was captured at Murfreesboro guarding a train depot. He was shot in the leg and taken to Andersonville Prison. The 28th of June 1865, William was discharged from service under a telegram from the War Department dated May 12, 1865 and was 'entitled to 3 months extra pay per telegram from War Department'. He was in several battles including the Battle of Vicksburg. His name is engraved on a bronze plaque at the Illinois Memorial located on the Vicksburg Battlefield. William died in 1884 at the age of 38.

Contact Name:  Ruth Montgomery
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Date Added:  5/6/2008
Company H
David Hull - Private   

Contact Name:  Edd Marks
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Contact Homepage:  http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=phacops&id=I1483
Date Added:  2/18/2016
Company I
Rees Easley - Private   
Rees Easley was my Great-Grandfather. After the war, he homesteaded in Colorado, just East of Golden.
Contact Name:  Mike Allen
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Date Added:  7/6/2004
Company I
Francis Van Velsor - Private   
Born in New york, Dec 1830. Died in 1919.
Contact Name:  Nancy Regan
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Date Added:  7/29/2007
Company I
Charles E Witting - Sergeant   
My G-G-G Grand Uncle Charles(Carl) E. Witting went on leave from the military in Sweden and shortly after his arrival to America he joined Illinois 61st Infantry, Company I. He was in residence at Benton Barracks on March 7, 1862. Was in the Battle of Shiloh, not sure if he was wounded but he died May 15,1862 of pneumonia. (he made Serg't)
Interested in any information on him or the battle.
Contact Name:  Vicky Mounce
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Date Added:  6/25/2015
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