Regimental History: IL 92nd Infantry


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Regimental History
(Three Years)

Ninety-second Infantry. - Col., Smith D. Atkins; Lieut.-
Cols., Benjamin F. Sheets, Mathew Van Buskirk; Majs., John H.
Bohn, Albert Woodcock. This regiment, composed of five compa-
nies from Ogle three from Stephenson, and two from Carroll
counties, was mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 4. 1862,
at Rockford, where it remained in comfortable barracks drilling
until Oct. 10, when it was ordered to Cincinnati, and partici-
pated in the movements that protected that city. In November
the regiment was ordered to Danville, Ky., and on the way drove
the rear-guard of Bragg's army out of Camp Dick Robinson,
capturing 800 barrels of pork, 500 stands of small arms, and a
12-pound brass cannon. In March, 1863, it participated in the
movement that drove Van Dorn south of Columbia, Tenn. In July
a detachment of 200 of the regiment joined an expedition to
scout the country for horses, and within four days captured
1,700 head of horses and mules and 800 colored men, who were
mustered into a colored regiment, while the 92nd received
horses sufficient to mount the entire regiment. In September
it re-crossed the mountains, crossed the Tennessee river at
Bridgeport, a detail climbed up Lookout mountain on the west
side by Nickajack trace, pushed the enemy off the mountain. and
brought the first authentic intelligence to Gen. Rosecrans that
Bragg's army had evacuated Chattanooga. On Sept. 9 the regi-
ment led the advance driving the enemy from Lookout mountain,
and it was the first of the Federal troops to enter Chatta-
nooga. Two days later it struck the enemy a mile north of
Ringgold and was furiously assaulted by Forrest, but it held
him in check until Wilder came up with the rest of the brigade,
when the Confederates were pushed back through Ringgold gap.
In Jan., 1864, the regiment marched with the brigade through
Athens to Shoal creek to intercept a Confederate raid from the
south of the Tennessee, and met the first Confederate column at
Shoal creek, turning it back across the Tennessee river. Two
miles further west it met the second Confederate column, and
after hard fighting turned it back, killing the officer in com-
mand and capturing many prisoners, and the "orders" showing
that the defeated column was to be joined by another at Athens
the next morning. The brigade returned to Athens in the night
in time to turn back across the Tennessee river the third Con-
federate column, defeating the combined Confederate movement.
At daylight on April 23, the enemy attacked the 92nd's pickets,
8 miles from camp, guarding a trace over Walden's ridge. In
overwhelming force the Confederates surrounded the pickets and
33 out of 62 were killed, captured or wounded. The regiment
participated in all the movements of Kilpatrick's cavalry, in
the long campaign that resulted in the capture of Atlanta,
and covered the left of Sherman's army when it withdrew from
Jonesboro. On Oct. 1 it marched with its division to uncover
the movements of Hood's army, struck his rear at noon of the
following day, and captured some of the Confederate infantry.
In November Kilpatrick's division was reorganized, the 92nd was
assigned to Atkins' brigade, and participated in all the cav-
alry battles on the march through Georgia and the capture of
Savannah. It also participated in all the cavalry fighting on
Sherman's march through the Carolinas and against Johnston's
Confederate army in North Carolina until the close of the war.
It was mustered out at Concord, N. C., and paid and discharged
from the service at Chicago, Ill., July 10, 1865.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3

Battles Fought

Fought on 17 September 1863 at Catlett's Gap, GA.
Fought on 19 September 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 06 October 1863.
Fought on 25 January 1864.
Fought on 23 April 1864 at Near Ringgold, GA.
Fought on 23 April 1864 at Nickajack Creek, GA.
Fought on 23 April 1864 at Ringgold, GA.
Fought on 22 June 1864 at Kingston, GA.
Fought on 19 August 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
Fought on 30 August 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
Fought on 15 September 1864.
Fought on 20 September 1864.
Fought on 21 September 1864.
Fought on 03 October 1864 at Powder Springs, GA.
Fought on 06 October 1864 at Powder Springs, GA.
Fought on 26 October 1864 at Steelsboro, Ga.
Fought on 30 November 1864 at Franklin, TN.
Fought on 04 December 1864 at Waynesboro, GA.
Fought on 11 February 1865 at Aiken, SC.
Fought on 13 February 1865.
Fought on 12 April 1865 at Raleigh, NC.
Fought on 13 April 1865.
Fought on 22 April 1865.