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Illinois soldiers were ten percent of the Union Army

Illinois soldiers were ten percent of the Union Army

“When the Southern host withdrew, pitting Gray against the Blue, there were none more brave than you, Illinois.”

Illinois recruited 256,297 soldiers in a state of 1.7 million people—ten percent of the total Union Army. Illinois units on average lost 13 percent. The African-American 29th Illinois Regiment lost 22 percent.

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