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11th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry
Illinois flag
Active December 20, 1861 to September 30, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Corinth

The 11th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was raised by orator Robert Green Ingersoll who became its first colonel and Basile D. Weeks.


The 11th Illinois Cavalry was mustered into service at Peoria, Illinois on December 20, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on September 30, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 2 officers and 32 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 8 officers and 237 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 279 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll - resigned June 30, 1863 after his capture on December 18, 1862 at the Battle of Lexington, Tennessee and subsequent parole.
  • Colonel Lucien H. Kerr - mustered out December 19, 1864.
  • Colonel Otto Funke - mustered out with the regiment.[2]

See also[]

  • List of Illinois Civil War Units
  • Illinois in the American Civil War


  1. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls