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50th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active September 12, 1861 to July 13, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Capture of Fort Henry
Capture of Fort Donelson
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Allatoona
March to the Sea
Battle of Bentonville

The 50th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, nicknamed the "Blind Half-Hundred," was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Organized in Quincy Illinois. Companies A-K were from Adams, Brown, Hancock, Warren, and Fulton County. The "Half Blind One Hundred" was to fight with the army of the Tennessee. They Engaged in such battles as: The battle of Shiloh, Ft. Donnelson, Vicksburg, The Atlanta Campaign, Allatoona, and The march to the sea.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 2 officers and 60 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 121 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 191 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Moses M. Bane - resigned on December 13, 1862.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Hanna - 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