12th Wisconsin
Infantry Regiment


Roster

Battles involving 12th
Assignments for 12th



- Organized on Oct 1 1861 at Camp Randall, Madison, WI
- Enlistment term: 3 years
- Mustered out on Jul 20 1865 at Louisville, KY

Available statistics for total numbers of men listed as:
- Enlisted or commissioned: 1664
- Drafted: 25
- Transferred in: 234
- Killed or died of wounds (Officers): 3
- Killed or died of wounds (Enlisted men): 93
- Died of disease (Officers): 3
- Died of disease (Enlisted men): 224
- Prisoner of war: 45
- Died while prisoner of war: 11
- Disabled: 158
- Deserted: 27
- Discharged: 124
- Mustered out: 1224
- Transferred out: 48

Historical notes and Reports:

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 52
Twelfth Infantry, Wisconsin, 3 years

Twelfth Infanty.- Cols., George E. Bryant, James K. Proudfit; Lieut.-Cols., DeWitt C. Poole, James K. Proudfit, William E. Strong;Majs., William E. Strong, John M. Price Carlton B. Wheelock.

  This regiment, known as the ''Marching Twelfth,'' was organized in Oct., 1861, at Camp Randall and left the state Jan. 11, 1862. The regiment was one of those selected for the New Mexico expedition, and did much hard marching for raw soldiers, but the expedition was abandoned.
  It was sent to Columbus Ky., to repair railroads and rebuild bridges and from there to Humboldt, Tenn., from which point it made numerous brilliant expeditions, clearing the country of guerrillas and bridge-burners. In the fall of 1862 it was sent south with the Army of the Mississippi engaging in numerous skirmishes, notably at Hernando, Miss., and the Coldwater River.
  It was engaged in the investment of Vicksburg, with small loss; was at the second battle of Jackson, and at Big Shanty where it charged 2 miles through the timber, capturing the first skirmish line of the enemy and dislodging a brigade from the rifle-pits, with only six companies.
  It was also engaged at Kennesaw mountain, at Bolton, Miss., in two fierce engagements before Atlanta, at Jonesboro and at Lovejoy's Station. Joining in the march to the sea, it assisted in the investment of Savannah and the Carolina campaign.
  It fought at Pocotaligo, tore up railroads, drove the enemy from Orangeburg assisted in the capture of Columbia and Winnsboro, joined the triumphant march north through
Petersburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Alexandria, participated in the grand review at Washington, and was mustered out at Louisville, July 16, 1865.
  Its original strength was 1,045. Gain by recruits, 420; substitutes, 177; draft, 25; veteran reenlistments 519; total, 2,186. Losses by death, 294; desertion, 26; transfer, 64; discharge, 336; mustered out,1,466.


Battles (where losses incurred) involving 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment (Union)
Location Date Killed Wounded POW Missing Losses
Atlanta, GA Jul 15 1864 39 139 22 0 200
Atlanta, GA Aug 11 1864 3 7 0 0 10
Bentonville, NC Mar 18 1865 0 3 0 0 3
Chattahoochee River, GA Jul 13 1864 1 1 0 0 2
Fayetteville, NC Mar 11 1865 1 0 1 0 2
Grand Gulf, MS Apr 29 1863 0 0 2 0 2
Hernando, MS Apr 18 1863 0 0 1 0 1
Jonesboro, GA Aug 31 1864 0 1 0 0 1
Kenesaw Mountain, GA Jun 15 1864 2 21 1 0 24
Lovejoy Station, GA Sep 2 1864 1 9 0 0 10
Nickajack Creek, GA Jul 5 1864 0 4 0 0 4
Pocotaligo, SC Jan 14 1865 1 2 1 0 4
Savannah, GA Dec 19 1864 0 2 0 0 2
Vicksburg, MS Jun 18 1863 1 5 0 0 6


Brigade, Division, Corps, and Army assignments for 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment
From To Brigade Division Corps Army/Department Comments
Jan 1862 Jun 1862


Department of Kansas New Organization
Oct 1862 Oct 26 1862 2 4
District of Jackson District & Army of West Tennessee
Nov 1 1862 Dec 18 1862 3 4 Right Wing, 13 District and Army of West Tennessee
Dec 18 1862 Jan 20 1863 3 4 17 Department of the Tennessee
Dec 22 1862 Jan 20 1863 Artillery 7 Left Wing, 16 Department of the Tennessee
Jan 20 1863 Jul 28 1863 3 4 16 Department of the Tennessee
Jul 28 1863 Aug 17 1863 3 4 13 Department of the Tennessee
Aug 7 1863 Apr 1864 3 4 17 Department of the Tennessee
May 26 1864 Jul 1864 1 4 17 Department of the Tennessee
Jul 1864 Jul 1865 1 3 17 Department of the Tennessee Mustered Out




Roster for 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment -1,918 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

Abrey to Downey
Doyle to Lawsha
Leach to Schuyler Schwendener to Zeller




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