The Eleventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry was a fighting regiment, and was listed as one of Fox's Fighting 300 regiments. The regiment was mustered into service in St. Louis in August 1861 and the regiment ended its service in January 1866. During that time, the regiment fought in numerous battles, including:
- Dallas, Missouri, Sept. 2, 1861
- Farmington, Mississippi
- Iuka, Mississippi
- Holly Springs, Mississippi
- Vicksburg, Mississippi (assault May 22)
- Mechanicsburg, Mississippi
- Tupelo, Mississippi
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Fredericktown, Missouri
- Siege of Corinth, Mississippi
- Corinth, Mississippi
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi
- Richmond, Louisiana
- Abbeville, Mississippi
- Spanish Fort, Alabama
Although the regiment represented Missouri, most of the regiment was made up of men from Illinois. During the war, the regimental casualties were 6 officers and 98 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 179 Enlisted men by disease for a total 285 men who died.
The Eleventh Missouri would have five distinguished colonels and three would become generals:
- Col. JOSEPH B. PLUMMER; BRIG.-GEN., U.S. V.
- Col. JOSEPH A. MOWER; BVT. MAJOR-GEN. U. S.A.
- Col. ANDREW J. WEBER (Killed)
- Col. WILLIAM L. BARNUM
- Col. ELI BOYER; BVT. BRIG.-GEN., U.S. V.
In addition, the regiment would have four members who would win the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is a regiment that proudly represented the State of Missouri and the Union Cause.
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