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6th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry
Illinois flag
Active November 19, 1861 to November 20, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Engagements Siege of Port Hudson
Battle of Nashville

The 6th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 6th Illinois Cavalry was mustered into service at Camp Butler, Illinois on November 19, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on November 20, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 5 officers and 60 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 8 officers and 328 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 401 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Thomas H. Cavanaugh - resigned March 28, 1862.
  • Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson - promoted to brigadier general June 3, 1863.
  • Colonel Matthew H. Starr - died of wounds October 1, 1864.
  • Colonel John Lynch - 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