Colonel T. Lyle Dickey


4th Illinois Cavalry

The Above Picture of Colonel Dickey was Donated by:

Mr. Stephen Osman 

 On August 1861, Judge T. Lyle Dickey, of Ottawa, LaSalle County was authorized by the Secretary of War to raise and organize a regiment of cavalry.

Sometime afterwards, but before the Regiment was complete, a controversy arose between the Secretary of War and Governor Yates, of Illinois. In the settlement of which it was conceded that the Governor should commission the officers selected by Dickey, and the organization went upon the record as the Fourth Illinois Cavalry.

So on the 26th day of September, 1861, the Regiment was mustered into the United States military service for a period of 3 years and soon after took up its line of march for Springfield where it received its arms, which were not removed from their cases, however, until the command arrived at Cairo

The regiment left Ottawa with 1050 enlisted men and 46 Officers. Three years later, when we returned to Springfield to be mustered out, we had 340 men, exclusive of 116 that re-enlisted and a few that received commissions in colored regiments. P. O. Avery, Company "I", 4th Illinois Cavalry


This Site Is Dedicated To

The Memory Of

My Great Grand Father

Joseph Smith Fanning




Picture of Col Dickey and Daughter, Donated by:Stephen Osman

Complete Roster of the 4th Illinois Cavalry

Field and Staff Consolidated with the 12th

Roster of the "Unassigned Recruits and Band"

Roster of Company A, Consolidated

Roster of Company B, Consolidated

Roster of Company B, Consolidated

Roster of Company C, Consolidated

Roster of Company D, Consolidated

Roster of Company E, Consolidated

4th Illinois Cavalrymen P.O.W.'s at Camp Ford

4th Illinois Cavalrymen P.O.W.'s at Andersonville Prison

Andersonville Photographed by Mary Anne Wallace

4th Illinois Cavalryman accounts at Andersonville

Diary of the 4th Illinois Cavalry by: Mr. P.O.Avery

Diary of the 4th Illinois Cavalry by: Thomas K. Mitchell

A Horse to Live A Greyhound to Dir Written By: Bruce Makoto Arnold"

Enlist on Board The U.S.S. Cairo

Fort Henry Battle Summaries

Fort Donelson Battle Summaries

The Battle for Fort Donelson by: General Lew Wallace

The Capture of Fort Donelson "Century Magazine"

Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes from Fort Donelson

Shiloh Pictures, Photographed by: Maryanne Wallace

"Shiloh's" Time Line

"Shiloh" The Battle Begins

Complete list of all Regiments who fought at Shiloh With Pictures

Civil War Drawing of "Pittsburgh Landing"

Visit Don Sides Shiloh's 140th Aniversary Re-Enactment"

Colonel T. Lyle Dickey's letter to his Aunt, on the Battle of Shiloh

A Letter Home, W.H.L. Wallace

Picture of W.H.L.Wallace's Horse in from of Home

Picture of W.H.L.Wallace Home

Wonderful Web Site Battle Accounts of "Shiloh"

General Lew Wallace becomes Governor of New Mexico

The Weekly Philadelphia Times October 26, 1878

Memphis Tennessee to Vicksburg Mississippi Campaign Report

Van Dorn's Raid on Holly Springs by: Edward G. Longacre

Picture of 7th Kansas And 4th Illinois Cavalry at Camp Oxford

Raid on Mobile and Ohio Railroad

A Civil War Drawings of Holly Springs

The Death of Col. McCullough:by Don Sides

Colonel Theophilus Lyle Dickey Report on Coffeeville

Treadwell's Plantation, a story told by a young Confederate Solder

The 80th Illinois Infantry and the 4th Illinios at Colliersville"

"Union Graves in Mississippi"

Lieutenant Colonel William McCullough Killed by: Mr. Don Sides

William Orme Writes Lincoln about McCullough

14th Mississippi Infantry killed Colonel William F. McCullough

The Battle for Coffeeville Mississippi

The Mississippi Central Railroad Campaign by Mr. Don Sides

A sad story of William Stillhammer by: Mr. Don Sides

The New York Times, Reports action at Coffeeville Mississippi

Jeff Davis Legion written by: Mr. Robert Cook

General U.S. Grant A Short Biography on the Battlefield

10 Men from the 4th Illinois Cavalry became Prisoners of War

The Cotton Raid In Mississippi, By Judy Simpson

W O Rogers: By Judy Simpson

5 Letters From Home, Donated by Mr. Joey Wooldridge

Battle at Brownsville April 19th through 23rd 1865

Location of Graves of the Men of the 4th Illinois Cavalry

Civil War Dispatch's pertaining to the 4th Illinois Cavalry

General Grants Special Orders Number 5

General Grant Special Order No. 11 what to do with the Jews

Ex-Slaves formed the 3rd Cavalry

Lyle T. Dickey written by: C.D.Burchfield

"Lincoln and Lyle Dickey" They Kept Up The Fight

The Patriotism of Illinois by: Mr Tom Eddy

The Carlisle Herald 1869 "The Roll of Honor"

Court Martial of " Asmiel Harmenn" of Company "A"

Court Martial of "Joseph Smith Fanning" of Company "F"

Hiram Sturgeon captured by the 4th Illinois Cavalry

William Metcafe, a boy files a claim against the 4th Illinois Cavalry

7th Kansas Cavalry rode together

Colonel Osbrand and Emery to lead the 3rd Illinois Cavalry

4th Iowa Cavalry and the 4th Illinois Cavalry

The New Orleans Daily Crescent Published December 17, 1860

The Hartford Convention

Grant's Order of Execution

Soldiers executed during the Civil War

They Answered The Last Call, Taps Sounded

What happened to the men of Company F

Please Help I.D. this old soldier, by Dan West

4th Cavalry Soldiers Buried in Illinois

General Sherman's farewell speach to his army

Civil War vocabulary and slang used by both North and South

MHI Photo Database Photo’s of 4th Illinois Cavalry Soldiers

Stanford University collection of Company "M"

Dwight Allen Brown 4th Illinois Cavalry

Phil Wolfersburger picture donated by: Mr. Matt Anderson

Ben Meetch & Phil Wolfersburger donated by: Matt Anderson

Jeremiah Grove, picture donated by: Mr. Matt Anderson

Ancestry of Marshall H. Moon, by: "Jane Slaughter"

Pictures of 4th Illinois Cavalry soldiers donated by: Mr. Dan West

Battle Maps

"Dyers Regimental History"

Compendium on the 4th Illinois Cavalry

Books on the 4th Illinois Cavalry

"Misc Pictures" and Battle Reports


The 30th Illinois Infantry

The Reunion of 1886

Translation web site at Alta-Vista

Date Last Updated: August 10,2008

Again many thanks To: Tim McKern,Matthew C. kestel of Illinois,Paulette Haynes, Bruce Makoto Arnold, Mr. Curtis Dean Burchfield of Mississippi. Mr. Matt Anderson 30th Illinois Infantry for his Pictures. Stephen Osman,Mr. Dan West, Mr. Robert Cook, Barbara Hitt Alden, Mr. Steve Johsz, Mr. Don Sides, Don Simon's, Judy Simpson, Randy Beck, Joey Woolridge and Jane Slaughter of Arizona.. for furnishing their articles, manuscripts, papers and letters, they have helped this Web-Page grow, with information they have given.

Thank You

Ronald R Wallace


Awards won by the 4th Illinois Cavalry