History 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers

History 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers

by W. S. Morris
     
 

The story of John A. Logan’s famed 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers, told by three veterans, follows the regiment from the battles of Belmont, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Kenesaw Mountain, and Atlanta through the March to the Sea and into North Carolina. "Few regiments," notes historian John Y. Simon in the foreword, "fought longer or more fiercely, suffered

…  See more details below

Overview

The story of John A. Logan’s famed 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers, told by three veterans, follows the regiment from the battles of Belmont, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Kenesaw Mountain, and Atlanta through the March to the Sea and into North Carolina. "Few regiments," notes historian John Y. Simon in the foreword, "fought longer or more fiercely, suffered more casualties, or won more victories."

Logan proved a valiant and valuable Union commander, yet when the Civil War first began, it was far from clear whether he would lead Union or Confederate troops. In dramatic fashion, however, he broke what Simon calls an "ominous silence ... interpreted by many as sympathy for the South." Speaking from a wagon platform in Marion, Illinois, Logan proclaimed: "[The] time has come when a man must be for or against his country." Logan accepted a commission from Illinois governor Richard Yates, recruited heavily in southern Illinois, and formed the 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers.

The 31st became a prime component in Grant’s western campaigns, fighting for the first time at Belmont, Missouri. In February of 1862, the 31st foiled Confederate general Gideon J. Pillow’s dramatic escape from the Union siege at Fort Donelson. Although this is often listed as one of the proudest moments for the 31st, casualties ran high (fifty-eight killed), with Logan so severely wounded that at first he was reported dead. Logan’s valor at Fort Donelson won him promotion to brigadier general.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809321841
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
06/10/1998
Series:
Shawnee Classics Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

W. S. Morris enlisted at age nineteen on the day Logan delivered his dramatic address in the Marion, Illinois, town square.

L. D. Hartwell enlisted at seventeen, one of six Williamson County brothers who served in the Union Army.

J. B.Kuykendall enlisted at nineteen from Vienna, Illinois.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >