Friday, December 23, 2011

Illinois, December 1861-- Part 1

From the Illinois Civil War 150 site.

On November 11, 1861, Judge Allen C. Fuller of Belvidere was appointed adjutant general, Illinois' chief military administrator.

Thousands of volunteers were ar camps in Chicago (Douglas) and Springfeld (Butler) and not doing anything, many awaiting regimental organization while men hoping to be appointed officers were out trying to find more recruits to bring the unit up to regimental size.

Fuller determined to immediately organize these groups into regiments, first going to Camp Douglas and then to Camp Butler where he took the fragments and just put them together until he had enough soldiers for a regiment.

No doubt, this angered some of those men hoping to be officers.

By December, however, both camps were completely devoid of men awaiting assignment.

A Man of Motion. --Old B-R'er

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