|65th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry "The Second Scotch"|
|Active||May 1, 1862, to July 26, 1865|
|Engagements||Battle of Iuka|
Battle of Corinth
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
March to the Sea
Battle of Nashville
The 65th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Douglas at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on May 1, 1862. Sent to western Virginia, it formed part of the Harper's Ferry garrison that surrendered to the Army of Northern Virginia in September 1862.
After being paroled, the regiment was moved to Kentucky as part of the XXIII Corps and participated in the November 1863 Siege of Knoxville. In the spring of 1864, it joined in the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea. When the Confederates under General John Hood headed north into Tennessee late in the year, the 65th was part of Col. John S. Casement's brigade, third division (Reilley's) sent after him, joining in the battles at Franklin and Nashville. Its final assignment was duty in North Carolina.
The regiment was discharged from service on July 26, 1865.
Total strength and casualties
The regiment suffered 1 officers and 30 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 97 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 129 fatalities.
- List of Illinois Civil War Units
- Illinois in the American Civil War
- 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (The First Scotch Regiment)
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- Song: "We Are the Gay & Happy Suckers, from the State of Illinois" on IMSLP