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82nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active October 23, 1862 to June 16, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Wauhatchie
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Resaca
March to the Sea
Battle of Bentonville

The 82nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, known as the "2nd Hecker Regiment," was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was one of the three "German" regiments furnished to the Union by Illinois. Approximately two-thirds of its members were German immigrants and most of the other third was composed of immigrants from various countries including Scandinavians, Irish and Swiss.


The 82nd Illinois Infantry was organized at Springfield, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on October 23, 1862.

The regiment was mustered out on June 16, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 4 officers and 98 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 60 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 162 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Frederick Hecker - resigned March 21, 1864
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Salomon - 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 Cvil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls