11th Wisconsin
Infantry Regiment


Roster

Battles involving 11th Infantry
Assignments for 11th Infantry



- Organized on Oct 18 1861 at Camp Randall, Madison, WI
- Enlistment term: 3 years
- Mustered out on Sep 5 1865 at Mobile, AL

Available statistics for total numbers of men listed as:
- Enlisted or commissioned: 1486
- Drafted: 145
- Transferred in: 120
- Killed or died of wounds: 89
- Killed or died of wounds (Officers): 6
- Killed or died of wounds (Enlisted men): 80
- Died of disease (Officers): 4
- Died of disease (Enlisted men): 283
- Prisoner of war: 15
- Disabled: 250
- Missing: 1
- Deserted: 42
- Discharged: 95
- Mustered out: 913
- Transferred out: 39


Historical notes and Reports:

Eleventh Infantry WISCONSIN
(3-YEARS)

Eleventh Infantry. -- Col., Charles L. Harris; Lieut.-Cols., Charles A. Wood, Luther H. Whittlesey; Majs., Arthur Platt, Jesse S. Miller Otis Remick.

This regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison and was mustered in Oct. 18, 1862, with a numerical strength of 1,029 It left the state Nov. 20, and performed railroad guard duty until spring when it was sent further south.

It was in a skirmish with the enemy at Bayou Cache, Ark., and was then on duty along the river until the spring of 1863, when it was sent to take part in the siege of Vicksburg. The regiment took part in the battle of Port Gibson and received a special compliment from Col. Stone, brigade commander, for its splendid work.

It was engaged at Champion's Hill, and at the Big Black River led the charge which carried the enemy's works, and captured several hundred prisoners. At Vicksburg its loss was heavy, the regiment occupying open ground which was swept by Confederate bullets.

Several months were then spent in arduous though uneventful campaigning, but the regiment received Maj.- Gen. Dana's compliments in an order ''for the perfection of instruction discovered in picket and guard lines.'' Over three-fourths of the 11th reenlisted as a veteran organization and after a brief visit home it was sent on an invasion of western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, engaging Forrest's cavalry en route.

It was given outpost duty at Brashear City, Co. D being detached to Bayou Louis and Co. E to Tigerville. Continued skirmishes with Confederate cavalry, as well as  scattered bodies of infantry, prevented the massing of Confederate troops, and the smuggling trade was broken up.

At Fort Blakely, Ala., its last engagement, the regiment held the record of 4 years by conspicuous work, being among the first to plant its colors on the enemy's parapet in the face of a murderous fire.

It was mustered out at Mobile Sept. 4, 1865. Its original strength was 1,029. Gain by recruits 364- substitutes, 62- drafts, 147; veteran reenlistments, 363; total 1,965.

Losses by death, 348; desertion, 25; transfer, 9; discharge, 31; mustered out, 1,264.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4



Report of Lieut. Col. Luther H. Whittlesey, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.


VICKSBURG, MISS., July 26, 1863.

LIEUT.: For the information of the colonel commanding the brigade, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry in the late march and attack on Jackson, Miss., and their subsequent movements up to this date:

On the morning of July 5, conformably to orders issued the day previous, we marched from our old camp and trenches in rear of Vicksburg at 6 a.m. Out on the Jackson road to Clear Creek, near Black River, marching about 10 miles that day under a clear burning sun, but, fortunately, finding good water at our camp.

July 6.--We marched at 4 a.m., crossing the Big Black 11/2 miles from our camp on Clear Creek, and proceeded some 4 miles to a plantation near Edwards Depot, where we lay upon our arms for the night. The weather was very hot, which, with poor water combined, caused some suffering among the troops.

July 7.--We broke camp at 7 a.m.; marched about 8 miles, camping near the forks of the Raymond and Clinton roads. At 5 a.m. we formed line of battle, and bivouacked for the night.

July 8.--We marched at 6 p.m.; proceeded 4 miles and camped.

July 9.--Marched at 6 a.m.; passed through Clinton to within 8 miles of Jackson.

July 10.--Marched at 5 a.m., and arrived before Jackson at 9.30 a.m., where we rested till evening, and then moved into position in the line, about 1,600 yards from the enemy's works.

July 11.--In the morning, Company B, of the Eleventh, together with one company each from the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Iowa Infantry, were thrown forward as skirmishers, the whole under the command of Capt. Remick, Company B, Eleventh. Advancing across an old field, some 300 yards in width, they came to the woods in our front, and developed a force of the enemy, estimated at about 800 strong, who attacked our skirmishers in front and on the right flank, and repulsed them with a loss to my command of 2 killed and 1 severely wounded. We, however, held possession of a house and out-buildings between our front and the enemy, and from that point kept his skirmishers well back under shelter of the woods that covered the ground between us and the enemy's works.

July 12.--The brigade was formed for an advance in the following order: A line of skirmishers and supports, under the immediate command of the brave Maj. Houston, of the Twenty-third Iowa Infantry; a line of battle, composed of the Eleventh Wisconsin and Twenty-second Iowa, under my command, and a third line of reserves, comprising the Twenty-first and Twenty-third Iowa, under command of Brig.-Gen. Lawler. The object of the advance was to obtain possession of the woods in our front. The troops moved up in beautiful order, and obtained possession of the woods without resistance, the enemy retiring at our advance. We thus gained a position some 600 yards nearer than the one occupied the day previous.

July 13.--The enemy shelled us vigorously, bursting a number of shells just in rear of my regiment, but without damage, except the wounding of a couple of artillery horses, belonging to Capt. Davidson's battery, which was posted immediately on my left.

July 17.--I was ordered by Gen. Lawler to move forward and occupy the works of the enemy in front of the Second Brigade, he having abandoned Jackson the night previous. This I did, remaining on duty here during the day and until relieved by order of Gen. Lawler, when I returned to camp.

July 18.--Marched at 7 a.m. To a new camp, 2 miles distant, and at 2 p.m. Moved down to the railroad near Byram, and began destroying the track of the Mississippi Central Railroad, as ordered.

July 19.--Destroyed railroad track.

July 20.--Marched from our bivouac, near Byram, to our new camp near Jackson, a distance of 6 miles.

July 21.--Marched at 7 a.m. To Raymond, 14 miles.

July 22.--Marched at 6 a.m. 101/2 miles, camping on Baker's Creek.

July 23.--Marched at 5 a.m. To within 7 miles of Vicksburg.

July 24.--Marched to our old camps in rear of Vicksburg, thence to camp just below the city, via Warrenton road, a distance of about 10 miles, where the regiment is now encamped.

I append herewith a list of the killed and wounded of my command, before referred to.*

All of which is respectfully submitted.

L. H. WHITTLESEY,
Lieut.-Col., Commanding.

Lieut. A. ADAMS,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 616-37 MISSISSIPPI, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. [CHAP. XXXVI.
[Series I. Vol. 24. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 37.]


Report of Capt. Dudley C. Wyman, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

BRASHEAR CITY, September 9, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report the following as the result of the expedition which left here Wednesday evening:

I took my command on board the gun-boat 41 at sundown and proceeded to Grand Lake, where the command was transferred to 49. We remained at anchor until daylight, when we weighed anchor and proceeded to Pigeon Bayou. Our entrance was effected easily, considering the snags and the narrowness of the channel. Our progress was slow, as the boat was unwieldy and the bayou narrow and far from being straight. We proceeded with caution, and after several hours' labor arrived at the mouth of Grand River. On rounding a bend in the bayou a boat with four men in it was discovered crossing the bayou; one of the men was swimming a horse. I instantly ordered my men on the lookout to fire, and passed the word to the captain of the boat to man the guns. At the first shot from the bow guns the men in the boat jumped overboard, swam to the shore, and took to the woods. Our boat landed as soon as possible, and my force being small it was deemed prudent not to pursue. On landing, pickets were stationed and a detail sent to take on board the horses left by the rebels. They were mostly U. S. horses, supposed to have been captured by them at Napoleonville. We succeeded in bringing them on board, twenty in all, with equipments for ten. We captured one man, J. B. Brogdon, Fourth Louisiana Cavalry, from whom we learned that the party who escaped consisted of a sergeant and fifteen men, and were on their way to join their regiment at Franklin. I also took on board two hogsheads of sugar and three barrels of molasses; also eight guns. We afterward proceeded up to Mr. Micheltre's plantation, where I found a man, named S. J. Fount, having the appearance of a smuggler, and as he could give no account of himself I had him arrested and taken on board. Finding the snags numerous and the depth of the water insufficient for the boat, we succeeded with some trouble in turning and started immediately for Grand Lake. Our progress was slow for reasons given, and after several hours' hard work, breaking through what seemed to be forests, we reached the mouth of the bayou at 7 o'clock minus some of our upper works. In attempting to run out in the darkness the boat got aground, and after fruitless efforts to get off we were forced to remain all night. In the morning the 41 was seen coming out of the Atchafalaya, and we signaled to her. She assisted us out of the Lake we met the 43, and in company with her we went to Brashear. After landing I marched the command to quarters.

I have the honor to be, yours, &c.,

DUDLEY C. WYMAN,
Capt. Company G, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

Col. HARRIS.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 749-83 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LIII.
[Series I. Vol. 41. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 83.]


Report of Maj. Jesse S. Miller, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

HDQRS. ELEVENTH WISCONSIN VET. VOL. INFANTRY, Brashear City, September 30, 1864.

CAPT.: I have the honor to transmit herewith a report of the expedition to Grand River Junction, of September 27, 28, 1864, and of which I was in command:

I embarked on the U. S. gun-boat Carrabasset with 125 men of Eleventh Infantry, Wisconsin Veteran Volunteers, at 5.30 p. m. September 26, when we dropped down to her moorings and made fast to her anchor. At precisely 12 o'clock midnight we left moorings; arrived off Pigeon Bayou at 5 a. m. 27th and anchored, it being so dark we were unable to cross the bar at the mouth of bayou. At daylight weighed anchor and crossed the bar into Bayou Pigeon ten minutes before 12 noon. The country between the mouth of Bayou Pigeon and the junction of Grand River is one continuous wilderness. Until within one mile of the junction there is not a house or sign of any habitation, although on either side of the bayou the land is dry and might be cultivated. It is covered with a heavy growth of live oak and thick clustering growth of underwood. There are numerous paths running through it in all directions, none of which show signs of recent travel. I landed parties of men under competent officers at several different points along the bayou and explored some distance back on either side, but could discover no trace of the enemy. Pigeon Bayou is very narrow and crooked, with large trees hanging over on either side, rendering it very difficult of navigation with as large craft as the gun-boat, although it has great depth, ranging from ten to twenty feet. Not finding the cavalry at the junction when I arrived, I sent two armed boats up Grand River about three-fourths of a mile, where I learned a large barge of cotton was hidden in a small cove, with instructions to run the barge down to the gun-boat if found. I then landed and went to the house of Mr. Micheltre, directly opposite the mouth of Grand River. Here I found two men who were in charge of the cotton and whom I arrested. I also found a large quantity of cotton stored in the sugar-house on Micheltre's plantation, which I seized. The party sent in boats up Grand River found the barge loaded with cotton hidden in a small cover about three-fourths of a mile from the mouth, the underwood and large trees nearly hiding it from view. No one being found at the barge they immediately took possession of it and brought it safely to the junction. I then sent a detachment under Capt. Park down the south side of Grand River as far as the plantation of Charles Palfrey, occupied by one Mr. Brown, distant four miles. He had learned that a Confederate captain and four Confederate soldiers passed down in the direction of Lake Natchez on the morning of the 26th. In the meantime I had the gun-boat turned around, backed down opposite the sugar-house, and all the available men I had, after placing a picket on each side of the river, set to loading the cotton stored in the sugar-house onto the gun-boat. At 6 p. m. the advance guard of the cavalry arrived, the main body at 7.30. I had an interview with Maj. Clybourn, commanding the cavalry; remained at this place all night. Started the barge down Bayou Pigeon at daylight with one company of men under command of Capt. Park. Cavalry started at 9 a. m. and at 10 a. m. I started down the bayou with the gun-boat, passed the barge and crossed the bar, came alongside at 4 o'clock, when we took her in tow and arrived at Brashear City at 11.30 p. m. September 28, with 3 prisoners, 220 bales of cotton, and 1 large barge. We destroyed two large flat-boats and several skiffs.

Very respectfully,

J. S. MILLER,
Maj. Eleventh Wisconsin Veteran Volunteers.

Capt. B. B. CAMPBELL,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen.


Report of Capt. Dudley C. Wyman, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

BRASHEAR CITY, October 1, 1864.

SIR: In pursuance of orders I went on board Gun-boat 43, with my command, at 4 o'clock on the evening of the 26th of September. My command consisted of a detachment of the left wing of the Eleventh Wisconsin, in all seventy-five men. We lay at anchor in the bay until 3 o'clock on the morning of the 27th, when we steamed up to Flat lake. From Flat Lake we entered Bayou Long and proceeded without incident to its junction with Belle River. We found no difficulty in navigating Belle River, and reached Bayou Gotvelle in safety. Entering Bayou Gotvelle great difficulty was experienced from the short bends and narrowness of the bayou. I succeeded in penetrating to within three miles of Lake Natchez, where the bayou, becoming very narrow, I lay to and proceeded with eight men, in a small boat, to the lake. I found the bayou narrow, the bends short, and the bayou overhung with trees; so much so that navigation was impossible for a boat over 100 feet long. As it was past 12 o'clock, and knowing I could not form a junction, as ordered, I concluded to return. Returning several miles, we lay over all night and started for Brashear on the morning of the 28th, where we arrived at 8.30 a. m., when I dismissed my command. Bayou Long and Belle River are large, wide streams, navigable for gun-boats.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. C. WYMAN,
Capt. Company G, Eleventh Wisconsin.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 822-83 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LIII.
[Series I. Vol. 41. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 83.]



Report of Capt. Luther T. Park, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.


Brasher City, La., October 25, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that, in obedience to orders received, I embarked on board of the gun-boat Nyanza, commanded by Acting Vol. Lieut. C. A. Boutelle, on the 22d of October, at 6 p. m. with thirty-five men of Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry and fifteen men of the Ninety-third U. S. Infantry (colored), with three days' rations and eighty-rounds of ammunition. At 6.30 p. m. we dropped out into the bay and cast anchor. Laid there until 5 a. m. of the 23d. We then started up Berwick Bay, from thence into Flat Lake, from Flat Lake into Bayou Long, from Bayou Long into Belle River, arriving at the head of Belle River at 10.20 a. m. of 23d instant. I laid there from that time until 10 a. m. of the 24th. I then moved up Bayou Go to Hell about three miles, discovering nothing. I turned around and came back to the head of Belle River. I stopped all communication with the country about me, picking up all citizens and negroes that came in sight of the boat, trying to gain some knowledge of the enemy. While lying at this point I heard that there had been a party in the vicinity, of Pier Ferry, and were about three miles east of said ferry; that they camped there on the night of the 21st instant, and that on the morning of the 23d they were near the mouth of Grand River; that had made a raid on some plantations Near La Fourche, carrying off 20 horses and 30 mules, and that they started down Pigeon Bayou in flat-boats. This party was under the command of Whitmore. While lying off the head of Belle River I came upon a squad of five men and one woman with a launch of about 3,500 pounds burden. They immediately ran their boat ashore and ran into the woods. I sent a squad of men in pursuit. Two of the men were captured. Their names were Dearborn, and Le Geef. Dearborn has the reputation of having been engaged in the contraband trade; that he [has] been engaged in the trade for the last year; that the passed down Go to Hell Bayou on the 12th, or thereabouts, with the same boat that he now had with him; that he had two sacks of coffee, two barrels, and one large merchandise chest in the boat, and that he took the goods to Force Point on Teche Bayou. At 12 m. on the 24th instant I started for Brashear City, where I arrived at 6 p. m. of the same day. While on this expedition I destroyed 1 launch and 20 boats of different sizes. The prisoners I have turned over to Capt. H. J. Lewis, provost-marshal at this place.

LUTHER T. PARK,
Capt., Eleventh Regt. Wisconsin Mounted Infantry.

Capt. FREDERIC SPEED.
(Copy to Col. C. L. Harris, commanding Post Brashear.)

Source: Official Records
PAGE 892-83 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LIII.
[Series I. Vol. 41. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 83.]


Report of Maj. Jesse S. Miller, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

HDQRS. ELEVENTH INFANTRY, WISCONSIN VET. VOLS., Brashear City, La., November 19, 1864.

CAPT.: I have the honor to submit the following report of the expedition to Bayou Portage under my command:

I left Brashear City at 11 o'clock on the night of November 17 with 200 men-150 of the Eleventh Infantry Wisconsin Veteran Volunteers, and fifty of the Ninety-third U. S. Infantry (colored)-on board the gun-boat Nijanza No. 41 and steam transport Cornie, arrived at the mouth of Bayou Portage at 6 a. m. November 18, and proceed up the bayou a short distance. The Cornie, a few rods in advance, was fired upon from an ambush by about sixty men, killing 1 man of the Ninety-third U. S. Infantry (colored). I immediately landed the force on the gunboat and attempted to get in rear of the force that fired on the Cornie, but they retreated up the bayou. I then deployed one company as skirmishers and advanced up the bayou, the Cornie keeping abreast of me as far up as she could go. I then had all the men on board landed except twenty-five colored men and a captain, leaving them as guards for the boat. I continued on up the bayou, my skirmish line keeping up a pretty sharp fire with the enemy. I sent one company of about thirty men around to the left for the purpose of getting into their rear, but they fell in with a company of cavalry which prevented this. After driving the enemy about two miles and a half we overhauled one of the large flats loaded with baggage and tied up on the opposite side of the bayou, and succeeded in getting it across, although under pretty severe fire from the opposite side. I ordered the baggage set on fire and the boat destroyed. I also captured 1 prisoner here, from whom I learned that the other flats were some half hour the start of us. I concluded that it would be useless to follow them farther, as they could row them as fast or faster than we could drive the force that was now opposing us. I therefore fell back to the boats and re-embarked, having been on shore four hours. The enemy followed us back and exchanged a few shots with the rear before my men were all on board. It is impossible for me to say how many of the enemy were killed or wounded, but I am quite positive that 2 were killed. The casualties on our side was 1 man killed and 1 slightly wounded. We destroyed 1 large flat loaded with baggage and several small boats, and barracks for about 300 men, with a considerable amount of camp and garrison equipage, and some cornmeal and sugar. It is impossible for me to say how strong the enemy were, but I should judge them to be not less than 200 or 250 men, and under command of Capt.'s Murphy, King, and Whittaker.

I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. S. MILLER,
Maj. Eleventh Infantry, Wisconsin Veteran Volunteers.

Capt. B. B. CAMPBELL,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., District of La Fourche.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 926-83 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LIII.
[Series I. Vol. 41. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 83.]


JANUARY 15-17, 1865.--Expedition from New Orleans to Mandeville, La.

Report of Capt. Abner Powell, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

OFFICE OF PROVOST-MARSHAL, Algiers, January 18, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report in detail of the late expedition to Mandeville, La., being furnished with the necessary orders and instructions from Maj.-Gen. Hurlbut:

Embarked on board the schooner Cazador at New Basin, New Orleans, with 2 sergeants, 1 corporal, and 11 privates selected for the expedition from the Fifty-sixth Ohio Veteran Volunteers, and 2 privates from Company F, First New Orleans Volunteers, 3 special officers, 2 boatmen, and 1 citizen of Algiers as a guide, numbering in all 21 men who took part in the expedition. Sailed from New Basin on the afternoon of Sunday, January 15. Arrived at north shore of Lake Pontchartrain during the same night, but owing to unfavorable weather, and not being acquainted with the coast, were unable to land. During the whole of Monday, January 16, we beat about the north shore of the lake, overhauled the schooner James Stockton at Pass Manchac, examined her papers and found them correct. In the evening passed near the town of Mandeville, headed direct for New Orleans. Sailed in this direction until some time after nightfall, when tacked about and ran up to wharf at Mandeville, dropping anchor about 1 o'clock at night. But one man was visible on the wharf, whom we easily decoyed on board, and by threats induced to consent to pilot us to the office of Lieut. Robinson. Leaving a small guard in charge of the schooner, I proceed with the remainder of my force to Lieut. Robinson's quarters. First stationing my men so as to command every place of egress from the house, I opened the front door, and in company with special officers walked in, and striking a light, discovered Lieut. Winslow Robinson, commandant of the Lake shore District; Capt. W. E. Ligon, assistant commissary of subsistence of Gen. Hodge's staff; Bvt. Second Lieut. G. W. White, First Louisiana Cavalry, C. S. Army, and Judge Bethune, of Georgia, all of whom surrendered at once, and I proceeded to take possession of all contraband articles about the premises, consisting of one large telescope glass and a quantity of letters, papers, and books appertaining to Lieut. Robinson as commander of Lake Shore District. The object of the expedition being accomplished, I returned with the prisoners and property on board the schooner, having been absent from the wharf not to exceed thirty minutes. Immediately set sail for New Orleans, bringing with us the mulatto ma whom we had used as a guide, and leaving the town wrap in as profound quietude as we had entered it, not seeing an individual save those brought away. Arrived at New Orleans about 6 o'clock on Tuesday morning, January 17; turned over the prisoners to Lieut.-Col. Wood, provost-marshal-general military division, and the papers and property to Maj.-Gen. Hurlbut. Every man engaged in the expedition performed his duty so well that to particularize would be impracticable. Owing to the small space, and cramped, uncomfortable positions, and during the time we were sailing near the coast on the 16th, to prevent discovery, all the soldiers had to remain below deck in the most painful situations, yet no murmur or word of discontent was uttered by a man on board. Each individual man deserves much credit for the manner and promptness in which his duty was performed.

I have the honor to be, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. POWELL,
Capt., 11th Wisconsin Vet. Vol. Infty., and Provost-Marshal.

Maj. D. J. BENNER,
Chief of Staff, Department of the Gulf.

ADDENDA.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, New Orleans, La., January 22, 1865.
Capt. A. POWELL, Eleventh Wis. Vet. Vol. Infty., Provost-Marshal, Algiers, La.: (Through headquarters Department of the Gulf.)

CAPT.: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge the receipt, through headquarters Department of the Gulf, of the report of the expedition which left this city for the town of Mandeville, on Lake Ponchartrain, on the 15th instant, under your command, and which resulted in the capture of three noted rebel officers and Judge Bethune, of Georgia. The admirable skill, courage, and promptness which marked this gallant little affair merits the highest commendation, and I am charged with the pleasant duty of conveying the approbation and thanks of the commanding general to yourself, as well as to the little band who accompanied you, and who, by their good conduct and patient endurance, aided materially in securing the successful results of the expedition.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieut.-Col. and Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 44-101 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LX.
[Series I. Vol. 48. Part I, Reports, Correspondence, Etc. Serial No. 101.]


JANUARY 16-18, 1865.--Expedition from Brashear City to Whisky Bayou, La.

Report of Capt. Luther T. Park, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.

CAMP ELEVENTH REGT. WIS. VETERAN VOL. INFTY., Brashear City, La., January 19, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to report that, in obedience to orders received, I embarked, with 100 men from the Eleventh Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry, on board of gun-boat 41 and the steamer Carrie, supplied with five days' rations and eighty rounds of ammunition, on the night of the 15th, at 8 o'clock. At 1 a.m. on the 16th we left Brashear City, La., and proceeded up Bayou Teche into Grand Lake, arriving at Constitution Bayou at 10.15 a.m. From Constitution Bayou to Round Lake and from Round Lake to Bayou L'Embarras, arriving at Capt. King's plantation, of the C. S. Army, at 2 p.m. I landed my troops here and found about 700 pounds of sugar. I loaded this on the steamer Carrie. At this point I captured Capt. D. E. Grove, of Grove's battery, and Privates Robert Wilson and Charles Harris, of Grove's battery. At 3.20 p.m. I embarked all my troops and proceeded up the bayou. At 5 p.m. I anchored in the stream. At 6.15 a.m. on the 17th we got under way and proceeded up Bayou L'Embarras into Little Devil Bayou, arriving at Grand River at 8 a.m. I then steamed down Grand River to Hart's house. I here landed and found that Hart had run to the swamps. At this place I found 600 cigars and 11 pairs of misses' gaiters belonging to a man by the name of Gallahan, which I brought to Brashear City and turned over to post quartermaster, as per receipts inclosed. I then proceeded down to Lee's plantation, arriving at 9.30 a.m., and took the said Lee a prisoner. I captured at this point about 1,300 pounds of sugar, which I turned in, as per receipts inclosed. At the house I found 1 large rifle and 2 pistols, and about 8 pounds of powder, all of which I destroyed. I then returned to Offutt's Mill, landed and took on about 10,000 feet of lumber, which I turned over, as per receipts. At 11.30 a.m. I steamed up Grand River to Whisky Bayou, arriving at the head of Whisky Bayou at 1.30 p.m. At this point I lowered away three boats, loaded with armed men, and sent them up a bayou about two miles, to a place where there had been a steam-boat hid. At 3.30 p.m. they arrived back at the boats. We then headed down to Lake Mangoula and anchored for the night at 5 p.m. On the morning of the 18th, at 6.30, I started down Bayou Chene. At the plantation of Capt. Olivier I took eleven refugees on board; at the mouth of Bayou Sorrel I took on board seven more, making a total of eighteen. I then steamed down through Bayou Chene into Lake Chico; from Lake Chico out through Chico Pass into Fausse Pointe Lake; then down through Grand Lake to Brashear City, where I arrived at 6 p.m. on January 18, 1865. At King's plantation I took on board two negroes. I also picked up a negro in Bayou Sorrel, who had a pass from Capt. King, of the C. S. Army; brought him to Brashear City. Inclosed are receipts for property taken while on expedition on Grand River. I heard of several parties of Confederate soldiers.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

LUTHER T. PARK,
Capt. Company A, Eleventh Wisconsin Infty., Cmdg. Expedition.

Col. C. L. HARRIS,
Cmdg. Post, Brashear City, La.

The above letter was forwarded to Capt. Speed, assistant adjutant-general, Defenses of New Orleans, with receipts from Capt. Upham, commissary of subsistence, U. S. Volunteers, for 2,000 pounds of sugar and a receipt from Lieut. Mayers, acting assistant quartermaster at Brashear City, for 600 cigars, 11 pairs of misses' gaiters, and 10,000 feet of lumber inclosed.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 48-101 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LX.
[Series I. Vol. 48. Part I, Reports, Correspondence, Etc. Serial No. 101.]



JANUARY 21-22, 1865.--Expedition from Brashear City to Bayou Sorrel, La.


Report of Lieut. Richard Caddell, Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry.
BRASHEAR CITY, LA., January 22, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to report, in obedience to orders, I embarked on gun-boat 43 at 3.30 p.m. on the 21st instant with twenty men of Company D, Eleventh Infantry Wisconsin Veteran Volunteers, and proceeded to the mouth of Bayou Groesbeck, on Bayou Long; there disembark in small boats and went up the bayou about three-quarters of a mile; landed and divided my men in squads and made a thorough search of the land on both sides of the bayou for a distance of one mile, when I came to a small bayou which connects with Bayou Groesbeck. About sixty yards up this bayou I found a small palmetto tent which evidently had been occupied by two men. In it was a small anchor for sinking torpedoes, which I sunk in the bayou. But failing to discover the torpedoes, I embarked my command and went up to Bayou Millian Point, where I disembark with four men and proceeded to the house of William Duvall, a private of Company B, Twenty-sixth Louisiana, whom I captured. I then proceeded to the mouth of Bayou Sorrel, where I disembarked and secreted six men, with instructions to stop boats coming down Bayou Long and going up Bayou Sorrel. From here I went to Mr. Hebert's, leaving four men there to guard that point, and from thence to Mason's, and searched the premises for John Spence. Failing to find him, I returned to Hebert's called in the guard which I had left there, and went had captured Sergt. James Malcon and Private John S. Hebert, of Company B, Twenty-sixth Louisiana, during my absence. I again embarked and went down the bayou to the mouth of Bayou Groesbeck. Here I secreted nine men, and proceeded with the remainder to the east side of Bayou Long, opposite to the mouth of Bayou Groesbeck; disembarked and established a picket. About two hours after I had posted the pickets I discovered a boat coming down the bayou with one man in it, which I brought to, and the occupant proved to be Second Lieut. C. Penisson, Company B, Twenty-sixth Louisiana Infantry, whom I took prisoner. Here I remained until sunrise on the 22d, when I embarked and return to Millian Point, where I disembarked and awaited the return of the gun-boat from Belle River, she having gone there to anchor. The boat arrived at 8 a.m. when I embarked and returned to Brashear City, arriving at 2 p.m. The prisoners I turned over to Lieut. S. E. Shepard provost-marshal, Brashear City, La.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

RICHARD CADDELL,
Second Lieut. Company D, Eleventh Wisconsin Vet. Vol. Infty.

Capt. R. E. JACKSON
Post Adjutant.

[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. POST,
Breast City, January 22, 1865.

Respectfully forwarded.

Learning that a few rebel soldiers were in Bayou Long in charge of a torpedo and their whereabouts, I sent Lieut. Caddell and twenty men of the Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry up in the gun-boat 43 to capture them. For particulars of the expedition I refer you to his report

C. L. HARRIS,
Col., Cmdg.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 58-101 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. LX.
[Series I. Vol. 48. Part I, Reports, Correspondence, Etc. Serial No. 101.]


Battles (where losses incurred) involving 11th Infantry Regiment

Location Date Killed Wounded POW Missing Losses
Fort Blakely, AL Apr 9 1865 15 45 0 0 60
Jackson, MS Jul 11 1863 2 1 0 0 3
Port Gibson, MS May 1 1863 2 15 1 0 18
Sabine Cross Roads, LA Apr 8 1864 0 1 8 0 9
Vicksburg, MS May 22 1863 12 102 0 0 114


Brigade, Division, Corps, and Army assignments for 11th Infantry Regiment

From To Brigade Division Corps Army/Department Comments
Mar 1862 May 14 1862


District of Southeast Missouri
May 14 1862 Oct 1862
1
Army of Southwest Missouri
Oct 1862 Mar 28 1863 1 1
Army of Southeast Missouri
Mar 28 1863 Jul 28 1863 2 14 13 Department of the Tennessee
Jul 28 1863 Aug 7 1863 2 1 13 Department of the Tennessee
Aug 7 1863 Mar 11 1864 2 1 13 Army and Dept of the Gulf
Mar 11 1864 Jun 11 1864 1 1 13 Army and Dept of the Gulf
Jun 1864 Feb 1865
District of La Fourche, LA
Army and Dept of the Gulf
Feb 18 1865 Jul 20 1865 3 2 16 Army and Dept of the Gulf



Roster for
11th Infantry Regiment - 1,739 men

Source: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers; War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865; Volumes I and II; compiled by Authority of the Legislature, under the direction of Jeremiah M. Rusk, Governor & Chandler P. Chapman, Adjutant General; Democrat Printing Company, State Printers; Madison, Wisconsin; 1886

Abell - CodyCohls - Goldschmidt
Good - KoltersKonz - Pannell
Park - SteptoeStesman - Zirbel




back to Civl War index

back to Military index


back to index

Copyright © 2006-2009 to Genealogy Trails' Wisconsin Trails host & each Contributor
All rights reserved