The first taste of action for the 31st Illinois regiment came in November of 1861, at Belmont, Missouri. The Union used steamers to cross the Mississippi River and launch an attack on Confederate encampments near the coast of the Mississippi in Missouri. The fighting lasted one day, and was essentially a stalemate. The 31st losses were minuscule with 10 men killed, and 70 injured. (Morris p. xvii) The 31st Illinois was in action for most of the day, and was pushed off the field by the Southern Illinois Confederate Company G, of the 15th Tennessee. More information on this battle is under the Battle of Belmont tab.