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89th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active August 27, 1862 to June 24, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Battle of Perryville
Battle of Stone River
Battle of Chickamauga
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Nashville

The 89th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, nicknamed the Railroad Regiment, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 89th Illinois Infantry, also known as the Railroad Regiment, was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on August 27, 1862.

It participated in the battles of Stones River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge, Pickett's Mill, the Atlanta Campaign, and Nashville. Its brigade commander for most of the American Civil War was August Willich- regimental commander for most of the war was Charles T. Hotchkiss. Major John Farquhar- then Sergeant Major- was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic service at the Battle of Stones River.

The regiment was mustered out on June 10, 1865 and discharged at Chicago, Illinois on June 24, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 12 officers and 121 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 172 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 306 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel John Christopher - Returned to Regular Army on January 7, 1863.
  • Colonel Charles T. Hotchkiss - 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


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