71st Infantry History
Adjutant General's Report The Seventy-first Illinois Infantry was mustered into service into the United States' service July 26, 1862, at Camp Douglas, Ill. for three months. The Regiment moved the next day for Cairo, Ill., leaving two companies en route at "Big Muddy Bridge," on the Illinois Central Railroad. The Regiment remained ten days at Cairo when it was ordered to Columbus, Ky., where the men, mostly from the Northern part of Illinois, suffered severely from the sudden change of climate. Two more companies were detached from the Regiment and stationed at Mound City, Ill. In a short time the remainder of the Regiment, six companies, was divided. Colonel Gilbert with three companies was ordered to Moscow, Ky., and Lieutenant Colonel Burnsides with three companies was ordered to Little Obion Bridge to guard bridges and railroad tracks.
Upon the completion of its term of service the Regiment rendezvoused at Chicago, Ill., where it was mustered out October 29, 1862.
Historial Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County The Seventy-First Illinois Infantry was a three month regiment which did guard duty in Illinois and Kentucky during the term of service. It was mustered in on July 26, 1862. Dewitt C. Marshall was commissioned major.
Dyer's Regimental History from A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, vol. III, Regimental Histories by Frederick H. Dyer