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53rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active January, 1862 to July 22, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Metamora
March to the Sea
Battle of Bentonville

The 53rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 53rd Illinois Infantry was organized at Ottawa, Illinois and mustered into Federal service in January, 1862.

The regiment was mustered out on July 22, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 8 officers and 80 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 137 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 227 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel William H.W. Cushman - resigned on September 3, 1862.
  • Colonel Daniel F. Hitt - resigned on January 2, 1863.
  • Colonel Seth C. Earl - killed in action on July 12, 1863.
  • Colonel John W. McClanahan - 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