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161st Illinois Infantry      
Company A
Philip Davis - Private   
This is my 2nd great Uncle. His Brother Moses Davis served in the Iowa 22nd Infantry Company E.
Contact Name:  Laneya Rino
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Contact Homepage:  http://www.angelfire.com/ut2/mygen/laneya.html
Date Added:  3/31/2008
Company B
William L. Elston - Private   
gg-grandfather
Contact Name:  Jim Lowary
Contact Email:  Click for E-mail
Contact Homepage:  http://www.LowAry.org
Date Added:  6/12/2005
Company B
David Taylor - Lieutenant   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Jennie
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Contact Homepage:  www.genjen.net
Date Added:  11/7/2007
Company D
Sidney Jasper Botts - Private   
My gggrandfather enrolled at Carthage Ill. with his older brother Joseph on Aug.11 1862. He served in the Tullahoma Campaign, Battle of Chickamauga, Battle of Kennesaw Mtn., Battle of Jonesboro, and was captured on the March to the Sea on Nov. 30 1864 after crossing the Ogeeche River near Louisville, Ga. He was taken to the prison at Florence, S.C. He lost a tremendous amount of body weight, his lower teeth to scurvy, and had problems with his hip the rest of his life. He later was able to recieve a partial disability from the government. He was paroled at N.E. Ferry,N.C. on Feb. 26, 1865. From Wilmington N.C. he arrived at College Green Barracks, Md. on March 27. On April 7 he arrived at Benton Barracks in Missouri, was furloughed April 10, and mustered out May 22.
Contact Name:  Mike Cronin
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Date Added:  10/12/2006
Company E
Byron Edmund Grubb - Private   
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Contact Name:  Mike Koehn
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Date Added:  6/7/2005
Company E
Perry D. Grubb - Private   
POW
Contact Name:  Mike Koehn
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Date Added:  6/7/2005
Company E
Joseph Matthew - Private   
Joseph Matthew from Beverly, Ill. WOunded in right knee at Chicamauga, Sept 20, 1863. Captured and taken to Confederate field hospital. Exchanged to Union Hospital #1 where he died on October 20, 1863. Left wife Mary and baby daughter.
Contact Name:  James Orebaugh
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Date Added:  4/17/2004
Company E
Noah Pate - Private   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Steve Badgley
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Date Added:  9/21/2005
Company F
Charles Chandler - Private   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Bob McMahan
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Date Added:  11/27/2007
Company F
Theodore Chandler - Private   
Two brothers Theodore and Charles from Coatsburg were both privates in Company F of the 78th Ill Infantry
Contact Name:  Bob McMahan
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Date Added:  11/27/2007
Company F
Joseph Adam Hendrix - Private   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Larry Leighton
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Date Added:  2/10/2011
Company F
John O'Dear - Private   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Ryan Campbell
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Date Added:  2/6/2008
Company F
Thomas O'Dear - Private   
No Comments

Contact Name:  Ryan Campbell
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Date Added:  2/6/2008
Company F
Robert Welbourn - Private   
I recently discovere that my relative who served and died in the CW actually is listed in the Illinois State Archives and his tombstone as one Robert Willburn(or Wilburn). He died in the battle of Jonesboro September 1st 1864. The NCA historian has confirmed that the name 'is likely incorrect and should read R Welbourn' based on the official death certifciate and other documents I've provided(my grandfather added the 'e' at the end of Welbourn-he was the son of Robert's brother Thomas Welbourn).Apparently this historical error can not be corrected on the tombstone because of a 2004 policy decision that limits replacements of historic gravestones 'when an aspect of inscription is incorrect'. Am curious as to how this error occurred in the first place and the unsettling consequences it provoked in at least 2 generations of my family.
Contact Name:  Tom Welbourne
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Date Added:  8/1/2009
Company H
John K. Allen - Captain   
I would be interested in any information about the 78th Illinois.
Contact Name:  Jerry Allen
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Date Added:  8/18/2007
Company H
William Henry Blan - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Deb Mc.
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Date Added:  6/16/2011
Company H
Oran Perry Seward - Private   
Private Oran Perry Seward, Company H, 78th Illinois Infantry, was captured at some point in the autumn of 1863 and detained at Camp Sumter, Andersonville, GA, where he remained until included in a prisoner exchange in April of 1865. He was the nephew of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. Any and all additional information would be greatly appreciated, especially concerning members of the 78th being taken captive at that time. He appears on the Andersonville Roster under the name of A. P. Seward.
Contact Name:  David J. Seward
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Date Added:  9/4/2005
Company I
John Thomas Batchelor - Private   
John Thomas Batchelor, Sr. is my great-great grandfather. His diary detailing his life in the Illinois infantry 1862-1865 is kept in the Abraham Lincoln library. It is quoted in the book 'In the very thickest of the fight' (describing the war service of the 78th Illinois Infantry Regiment) by Steve Raymond. We are very proud of his service and the brave men that served with him.
Contact Name:  Jeffrey L. Batchelor
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Date Added:  12/14/2018
Company I
Joseph Mayfield - Private   
I've been told that my 2nd Great Grandfather was in I-78 when he was captured andmplaced in Andersonville. Do you have any records of him at all?
Contact Name:  Keith Mayfield
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Contact Homepage:  knmayfield@comcast.net
Date Added:  6/23/2015
Company K
Alfred K. Bailey - Other   
enlisted as a corporal (September 1862), he was promoted at a rapid rate, making sergeant, sergeant-major and finally taking a commission as 2nd Lt. in Co. K. 109th USCT (in the spring of 1864).
Contact Name:  Charles Summerfield
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Date Added:  12/31/2004
Company K
Jonathan Butler - 1st Sergeant   
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Contact Name:  S. Raymond
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Date Added:  9/28/2008
Company K
John W. Mewmaw - Private   
Born 5-21-1844 Adams Co., Illinois - Died 6-27-1864 Battle of Cheatham Hill, Kennesaw Mountain - Buried at Marietta National Cemetery, Mariitta, Cobb Co., Georgia
Contact Name:  Carol Acosta
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Date Added:  6/13/2005
Company K
Jeremiah Parsons - 1st Lieutenant   
Why did he resign???
Contact Name:  Meta Shepherd
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Date Added:  5/22/2004
Company K
William H. Thompson - Private   
Mustered into Co. K, 78th Illinois Infantry in September 1862, William Thompson, of Keene, Illinois, was injured in January 1863 on the Rolling Fork River near Louisville, Ky. In the act of stepping across a railing to inspect a pass, he lost his footing (slippery from recent rains) and fell 15 to 20 feet down the embankment to the river.

Despite his injuries ''of an internal occurance'', and frequent hospital stays, he endured his entire 3 year enlistment, being mustered out in June 1865.
Contact Name:  Charles Summerfield
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Date Added:  12/31/2004
Company K
John Zimmer - Private   
John Zimmer served three in Company K. Was in a number of battles: Chicamauga; Missionary Ridge; Peach Tree Springs, Georgia; was wounded at Kennesaw Mountain, a shell hitting his shoulder, which laid him off for one month. He was with Sherman's March to the sea and on to Washington, DC, where he received his discharge. (source: 11/17/1917 Capitol Journal, Salem, Oregon article 'Sixty Years of Wedded Life'.
Contact Name:  Vance Day
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Date Added:  11/17/2007
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