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55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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Country  United States
Branch  Infantry
Allegiance  Union
55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Active  October 31, 1861 to August 14, 1865
Engagements  Battle of Shiloh Siege of Corinth Vicksburg Campaign Battle of Chickasaw Bayou Battle of Fort Hindman (Arkansas Post) Battle of Snyder's Bluff Battle of Jackson (MS) Battle of Champion Hill Siege of Vicksburg Battle of Collierville Third Battle of Chattanooga Atlanta Campaign Battle of Resaca Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Battle of Atlanta Battle of Ezra Church Battle of Jonesborough Battle of Allatoona Pass March to the Sea Battle of Fort McAllister (1864) Carolinas Campaign Battle of Bentonville

The 55th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment is sometimes referred to as the Canton Rifles or the Douglas Brigade 2nd Regiment.



The 55th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on October 31, 1861. Training continued at Benton Barracks, Missouri. The 55th was part of Sherman's Yazoo Expedition.

The regiment was mustered out on August 14, 1865.

Total strength and casualties

The regiment suffered casualties including nine officers, 149 enlisted men who were killed in action, or mortally wounded, and two officers and 127 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 286 fatalities.


  • Colonel David Stuart - promoted to brigadier general on November 29, 1862, U.S. Senate refused to confirm appointment, resigned April 3, 1863
  • Colonel Oscar Malmborg
  • References

    55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment Wikipedia

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