Illinois 118th Volunteer Infantry (Union)

    07 Nov 1862

    Illinois 118th Volunteer Infantry organized at Illinois.

    26 Dec 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou at Warren County, MIssissippi.

    09 Jan 1863

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Peter J. Osterhaus.

    Brigadier General Peter J. Osterhaus

    09 Jan 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Arkansas Post at Arkansas Post, Arkansas.

    The Battle of Arkansas Post
    The Battle of Arkansas Post

    The Battle of Arkansas Post, also known as the Battle of Fort Hindman, was a combined land-river assault by Union forces on the Confederate Fort Hindman, which loomed over a bend in the Arkansas River near the town of Arkansas Post. As the Union advance down the Mississippi River passed the mouth of the Arkansas, the presence of Fort Hindman outflanked the Federal forward positions. Read More

    01 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Port Gibson at Claiborne County, Mississippi.

    The Battle of Port Gibson
    The Battle of Port Gibson

    On April 30, 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's army crossed the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg, 30 miles south of his objective of Vicksburg. Grant hoped to move east toward the capital at Jackson to block the Confederate army there under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston from reinforcing Vicksburg. Port Gibson, ten miles east of Bruinsburg on the Bayou Pierre River, commanded the best approach routes and was the first Federal objective. A Confederate force there was commanded by Maj. Gen. John S. Bowen. Grant's A… Read More

    16 May 1863

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Theophilus T. Garrard.

    Brigadier General Theophilus T. Garrard

    16 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Champion Hill at Hinds Co, MS.

    The Battle of Champion Hill
    The Battle of Champion Hill

    The Battle of Champion Hill was the largest and bloodiest action of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. Read More

    17 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Big Black River Bridge at Hinds Co, Mississippi.

    The Battle of Big Black River Bridge
    The Battle of Big Black River Bridge

    Reeling from their defeat at Champion Hill and heading west toward Vicksburg, the Confederates reached Big Black River Bridge, the night of May 16-17th. Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton ordered Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen, with three brigades, to man the fortifications on the east bank of the river and impede any Union pursuit. Three divisions of Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand's Thirteenth Corps moved out from Edwards Station on the morning of the 17th. They encountered the Confederates behind breastworks and took co… Read More

    18 May 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Vicksburg at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

    The Battle of Vicksburg
    The Battle of Vicksburg

    In mid-May, 1863, after six months of unsuccessful attempts, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Tennessee finally converged on Vicksburg, defended by a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton. Capture of the Mississippi River town was critical to Union control of the strategic river. Vicksburg was located on a high river bluff defended with artillery, and Pemberton's men had constructed a series of fortifications in an 8-mile arc surrounding the city on the landward side. After crossing the… Read More

    13 Oct 1865

    Illinois 118th Volunteer Infantry mustered out at Illinois.