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79th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois flag
Active August 28, 1862 to June 12, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Battle of Perryville
Battle of Stone's River
Battle of Chickamauga
Siege of Chattanooga
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville

The 79th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 79th Illinois Infantry was organized at Mattoon, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on August 28, 1862.

The regiment was mustered out on June 12, 1865 and discharged at Camp Butler, Illinois on June 21, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 4 officers and 81 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 211 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 297 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Lyman Guinnip - Resigned October 17, 1862.
  • Colonel Sheridan P. Read - Killed in action at the Battle of Stone's River December 31, 1862.
  • Colonel Allen Buckner - 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 Cvil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls