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Illinois 46th Infantry (Union)

12/28/61

Organized - Illinois 46th Infantry - Illinois

2/6/62

Battle - Fort Henry - Stewart County, Tennessee; Henry County, Tennessee; Calloway County, Kentucky

Fort Henry
Fort Henry

Beginning in the autumn of 1861, a variety of voices in the Union command structure began speculating on the possibility of seizing Forts Henry and Donelson to open a water route into the Confederate heartland. On January 30, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses Grant received the long-anticipated word that he and Flag Officer Andrew Foote would lead a joint expedition against the twin forts. The two divisions of infantry under Grant numbered some 15,000 men and were accompanied by Foote's flotilla of ironclad and tim…READ MORE

2/11/62

Battle - Fort Donelson - Fort Donelson, Tennessee

Fort Donelson
Fort Donelson

Early in the war, Union commanders realized control of the major rivers would be the key to success in the Western Theater.READ MORE

4/6/62

Leadership Change - Regiment - Colonel John A. Davis, and Lieutenant Colonel John J. Jones

ColonelJohn A. Davis

Lieutenant ColonelJohn J. Jones

4/6/62

Leadership Change - Brigade - Colonel James C. Veatch

4/6/62

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Stephen A. Hurlbut

Brigadier GeneralStephen A. Hurlbut

4/6/62

Leadership Change - Regiment - Colonel John A. Davis

4/6/62

Battle - Shiloh - Hardin County, Tennessee

Shiloh
Shiloh

On the morning of April 6, 1862, 40,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston poured out of the nearby woods and struck the encamped divisions of Union soldiers occupying ground near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River.READ MORE

4/29/62

Battle - Siege of Corinth - Corinth, Mississippi

Siege of Corinth
Siege of Corinth

Union forces had captured the railroad junction and important transportation center at Corinth, Mississippi in the spring of 1862 after their victory at Shiloh. After the Battle of Iuka in September, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Confederate Army of the West marched to Ripley, Mississippi where it joined Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn's Army of West Tennessee. Van Dorn took command of the combined force numbering about 22,000 men. The Rebels marched southeast toward Corinth, hoping to recapture it and then sweep int…READ MORE

5/18/63

Leadership Change - Regiment - Colonel Benjamin Dornblaser

5/18/63

Leadership Change - Brigade - Colonel Cyrus Hall

ColonelCyrus Hall

5/18/63

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Jacob G. Lauman

Brigadier GeneralJacob G. Lauman

5/18/63

Battle - Vicksburg - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg
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

1/20/66

Mustered Out - Illinois 46th Infantry - Illinois

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