*** Hereís some exciting news! ***

A ďVirtual CemeteryĒ devoted solely to the 92nd Illinois has recently been created. It is part of Findagrave, yet separated, due to its unique content. (Click here to link to this ďVirtual CemeteryĒ) For those of you unfamiliar with Findagrave, each page provides, at least in most cases, a photo of a grave. Additional information includes basic family information, an occasional obituary, and even in some cases, a photo of the person.

The creator of this new 92nd cemetery site deserves special recognition. It must have taken an incredible amount of research and time to accumulate this much information.

And the best part:

There are currently over seven hundred soldiers from the 92nd included, but yet, the cemetery is still growing! New additions are being added every week. I encourage you to check this site out. See if you can find your ancestorís very own webpage!

You will see that this ďVirtual CemeteryĒ is broken down by company. If you know which company your ancestor was in, simply click on that company. You will then find soldiers within that company listed alphabetically. Hopefully youíll find your ancestor. If so, click on his name.

A quick note about my own website:

As for my own website, I still have an enormous amount of new information to place on my ďFind Your AncestorĒ page. Keep it coming! But as Iíve explained in past messages, I still work full-time, so time devoted to this website is extremely limited. Thank you for your patience. Iím eager to eventually get it all on.

And, also:

Youíve probably seen my invitation below regarding a possible reunion of 92nd descendants. Sadly, it looks doubtful that it will take place. Initially I had an encouraging response. However, Iíve recently heard from a few of those that had planned to attend, that they would now be unable to attend because of unforeseen circumstances. I remain hopeful, however, and will leave my reunion invitation open for a few more months. Thank you to all who have expressed an interest.

Cheers, Rob


*** Anyone interested in attending a 92nd Illinois Descendantsí Reunion???

Since Iíve had such an overwhelming response to this website, I think itís time to consider organizing a relaxed, informal get-together of descendants of the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry.  

We could share artifacts from the Civil War in general, and, even more importantly, share items pertaining specifically to the 92nd, such as letters, journals, uniforms, weapons, discharge papers, reunion ribbons, GAR items, or whatever else you might have nestled in your closets and attics. Photos would be especially welcome. And even if you have no items to share, thatís fine, too. Just being a descendant from such a respected Union regiment is exciting enough! And yes, spouses and children would be very welcome. After all, your children are also descendants.  What a great way to expose your children to your familyís Civil War history!

Before I go any further in my planning, however, I need to first find out if there is any interest in such an event. Holding it in the Freeport, Illinois vicinity makes the most sense to me. Summertime also makes sense. At least that way, we would avoid icy roads.

Provided I get a positive response, I would suggest we plan for sometime no sooner than 2015 or 2016. This would give everyone ample time to find this message, think it over, and respond.

So, if you have any interest in attending such an event, please let me know by sending a quick email to 92ndillinoisguy@92ndillinoisinfantry.com.

It probably wonít happen, though, unless I get enough positive response.

As always, your obedient servant,


P.S. I realize there are a few of you who have contacted me but have not received a reply from me. I have tried repeatedly to reply via email, but my attempts keep getting rejected.

So, to those of you who have not received a response from me, I sincerely apologize. I make every effort to respond in a timely manner to each message I receive.


My purpose in creating this website is two-fold:

  1. I hope to share my research on the 92nd Illinois with others who are equally as passionate about the Civil War and this regiment.

  1. I am appealing for information on the 92nd Illinois, so together we can expand our knowledge and develop this site into a clearinghouse for research on the 92nd Illinois.

My name is Rob and I am a descendant of a soldier in the 92nd Illinois. You may contact me at 92ndillinoisguy@92ndillinoisinfantry.com.

First of all, I wish to express my appreciation to Gary, a descendant of the 92nd Illinois and local historian living in the heart of 92nd Illinois country. He has assisted in much of the research found on this website. It has been a pleasure sharing insight into this regiment with him over the years. Thank you, Gary.

A special appeal is extended to descendants of the 92nd Illinois. There were nearly one thousand members in this unit. There must be thousands of descendants. I invite you to share your 92nd Illinois ancestors' experiences, letters, journals, biographies and obituaries by sending them to me via email. (See address above.)

Adjutant General reports, detailed histories, company and regimental rosters, muster rolls, and various other lengthy listings regarding the 92nd Illinois are readily available on numerous other websites. I see no need for duplication here. Instead, I hope to focus upon sacrifices, statistics and lore of the 92nd Illinois - those human interest stories that made our ancestorsí wartime and postwar experiences so intriguing. What do you know about any soldier in this regiment not included on this website? Please share your knowledge and help fill in the gaps. These brave men deserve at least as much!

I have included the following categories:

I.        A few snippets to pique your interest 

II.      A brief history of the 92nd Illinois 

III.     Find Your Ancestor

IV.     Stephenson County Soldiers' Monument

V.      Triennial Reunions of the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry

VI.     Up Close and Personal 

VII.    Attachments within the Union army 

VIII.   A list of nearly fifty engagements and battles involving the 92nd Illinois

IX.     Database 

A:    Chronological list of deaths during war 

B:    Chronological list of deaths immediately after war 

C:    List of deaths which had occurred by 1875 

D:    Chronological list of deaths after 1875 

X.        List of Soldiers who were prisoners-of-war     

XI        Relatives within 92nd Illinois Infantry

XIV.    References


I hope to provide additional categories of interest in the future. Please visit often Ė and contribute often!

But letís not get too battle-weary! The soldiering experience wasnít all fighting and dying. There must be some light-hearted mischief in the form of stories passed down by your 92nd ancestors. What can you offer? Letís include any humor you might have that broke the monotony, tempered the emotion and colored the experience of the 92nd Illinois soldier.



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