Battles involving 13th Infantry
Assignments for 13th Infantry
- Organized on Oct 17 1861 at Camp Tredway, Janesville, WI
- Enlistment term: 3 years
- Mustered out on Nov 24 1865 at San Antonio, TX
Available statistics for total numbers of men listed as:
- Enlisted or commissioned: 1455
- Drafted: 71
- Transferred in: 107
- Killed or died of wounds (Enlisted men): 5
- Died of disease: 196
- Died of disease (Enlisted men): 188
- Prisoner of war: 47
- Died while prisoner of war: 4
- Disabled: 245
- Deserted: 77
- Discharged: 102
- Mustered out: 975
- Transferred out: 12
Historical notes and Reports:
Thirteenth Infantry.-Cols., Maurice Maloney, William P. Lyon, Augustus H. Kummel, Lieut.-Cols., James F. Chapman, Thomas 0. Bigney, Augustus H. Kummel, Charles S. Noyes; Majs., Thomas 0. Bigney, Charles S. Noyes, Samuel C. Cobb
This regiment was organized at Camp Treadway, Janesville, and was mustered in Oct. 17, 1861. It left the state Jan. 18, 1862, for Leavenworth and moved from there to Fort Smith, Ark. to join the Southwestern expedition.
Upon reaching Fort Scott it was ordered to Lawrence to join the New Mexico expedition, but this was abandoned and it was ordered back to Leavenworth. It was sent to Columbus, Ky., where it was placed on railroad guard duty, and later garrisoned Forts Henry and Donelson.
It accompanied an expedition against Clarksville Tenn., where it routed the Confederates and captured a quantity of army stores. It was then employed in scouting and was engaged in a skirmish near Garretsburg, defeating the enemy. It drove Gen. Forrest's forces through western Tennessee, then marched to Stevenson, Ala., where it captured a supply depot and held it until reenforced.
It assisted in the successful defense of Huntsville against Forrest and of Decatur against Hood. A detachment of the regiment dispersed the 4th Ala. cavalry at New Market. The regiment fought Hood in his attack on Nashville.
Lieut. Wagoner and 35 men of Co. G were captured at Paint Rock River by a force of 400. After the fall of Richmond the regiment was ordered to Indianola, Tex., and afterwards to San Antonio, a march of 145 miles with the thermometer at 100 degrees and many broke down.
Through all the seemingly aimless wanderings and hard marches, with few heavy engagements to compensate, the conduct of the men was admirable and Adjt.-Gen. Gaylord says: ''The tireless vigilance which relaxes not, day by day, and week after week. Although lacking the excitement which accompanies the movement of armies, cannot fail to command our admiration and respect for the 13th Wis. volunteer infantry.''
It was mustered out Nov. 24, 1865. Its original strength was 970. Gain by recruits, 414; substitutes, 83; draft, 72; veteran reenlistments, 392; total, 1,931. Losses by death, 183; missing, 3; desertion, 71; transfer, 6, discharge, 321; mustered out, 797.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p.52
JULY 11, 1864.--Scout from Gunter's Landing to Warrenton, Ala., and skirmish.
Report of Lieut. John T. Fish, Thirteenth Wisconsin Infantry.
HDQRS. COMPANY C, 13TH Regt. WIS. VET. VOL. INFTY., Gunter's Landing, Ala., July 12, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to make the following report:
In accordance with instructions, on the evening of the 11th I crossed thirty-four men in two canoes at Beard's Bluff Landing, two miles below Gunter's Landing, and immediately started for Warrenton, arriving and surrounding that place a few moments after 11 o'clock, having seen but one person, Harvey Henry, whose protection papers from Maj.-Gen. Blair induced us to release him in the morning, but subsequent events show him to have been on picket duty at the time. I sent a sergeant, a corporal, and thirteen men to the house of Col. Lamar, which divided after searching the premises, one squad proceeding two miles south of Warrenton to make arrangements for removing the families of some of the home guards, which was accomplished, the other squad returning to Warrenton, where we instituted a search and found that Col. Sheffield and other prominent rebels had left, in anticipation of a raid from Decatur. I learned from three deserters from Roddey's command that two battalions of his force are twelve miles south of Decatur, under orders for Mississippi. From information gained at Warrenton I became satisfied that a number of cavalry were in and around Guntersville. I decided to cross ten men, under command of a non-commissioned officer, at Beard's Bluff Landing, and with the balance a proceed to Gunter's Landing, passing through Guntersville. Two miles from the latter place, at the house of Col. Henry, we came upon their pickets and mortally wounded 1 and captured 2 horses and equipments complete. We passed through Guntersville without discovering the enemy, and crossed my whole command in one canoe, including twenty negroes and three deserters, excepting myself and the rear guard, consisting of a non-commissioned officer and eight men, when a company of cavalry, about fifty strong, under the command of Capt. Pucket, formerly commanding post of Guntersville, filed out from behind a point of woods and dashed down, intending to capture us. A well-directed volley caused the to fall back a short distance, but they came back almost as soon as they were away, and opened fire at short range. A portion of their force was dismounted and passed around to our right, under cover of the woods, and opened fire upon us at about seventy-five yards. We drove them back in a few moments. I saw my position was a critical one, and ordered a squad to recross and land on the island, by which means we opened on them at very close range, which caused them to fall back beyond Guntersville. The whole affair lasted about three-quarters of an hour. Capt. Puckett admits a loss of 3 killed and 4 or 5 wounded. We brought across 4 horses and 2 mules. Their firing was very wild, most of their shots passing far above our heads. None of my command were injured.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN T. FISH,
Second Lieut., Cmdg. Company C., 13th Wis. Vet. Vol. Infty.
Lieut. W. M. SCOTT,
Adjutant Thirtieth Wisconsin Infantry.
Source: Official Records
PAGE 356-77 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. [CHAP. LI.
[Series I. Vol. 39. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 77.]
Battles (where losses incurred) involving 13th Infantry Regiment
Brigade, Division, Corps, and Army assignments for 13th Infantry Regiment
Roster for 13th Infantry Regiment - 1,629 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
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