July 2, 2014
County’s men fought in Civil War’s largest battles
by Tom Emery
Illinois supplied the fourth-highest number of men to the Union during the Civil War, sending some 259,000 men to the Northern cause. An estimated 773 of them came from Moultrie County, whose men fought with valor in some of the war’s most significant battles.
Moultrie County men fought in some of the state’s top regiments and in the war’s largest battles.
Company E of the 21st Illinois Infantry was predominately a Moultrie County company, which had the distinction of serving under Ulysses S. Grant in his first major field commission.