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24th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active July 8, 1861 to August 6, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry

The 24th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, also known as the 1st Hecker Jaeger Regiment, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was made up almost exclusively of German and Hungarian immigrants. It was the first unit mobilised for the war in Chicago, and was composed of many Forty-Eighters, veterans of the revolutions of 1848 in Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


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Battle of Perryville--the extreme left--Starkweather's brigade which included the 24th.

The 24th Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on July 8, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on August 6, 1864.

Battles and campaigns they participated in[]

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 3 officers and 86 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 2 officers and 82 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 173 fatalities.[1]

Prominent personnel[]

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. - retrieved June 25, 2007.
  2. Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls - retrieved June 26, 2007.