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51st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active December 24, 1861 to September 25, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Stone's River
Battle of Chickamauga
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville

The 51st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 51st Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on December 24, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on September 25, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 9 officers and 106 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 134 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 250 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Gilbert W. Cumming - resigned on September 30, 1862.
  • Colonel Luther P. Bradley - promoted brigadier general on July 30, 1864.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Davis - discharged June 30, 1865.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James S. Boyd - mustered out with the regiment.[2]

See also[]


  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