The Civil War in the East

2nd Michigan Infantry Regiment

The Second Michigan Infantry Regiment lost 11 officers and 214 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 officers and 143 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



May 25

Mustered in at Detroit, Mich., under Colonel Israel Richardson, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Chipman, and Major Adolphus Williams; the first three-year regiment from Michigan.

June 6-10

Moved to Washington, D.C.; Attached to Richardson's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeastern Virginia

June 10 to July 16

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C. at Camp Winfield Scott on the bluffs overlooking the Chain Bridge

July 16-21

Advance on Manassas, Va.

Colonel Richardson was given command of the brigade and Lieuteant Colonel Chipman left the regiment for a captaincy in the regular army, leaving Major Williams in command.

July 17

Occupation of Fairfax Court House

July 18

Action at Blackburn's Ford

July 21

Battle of Bull Run

The regiment was not engaged, but helped cover the retreat of the army to Washington.


Attached to Richardson's Brigade, Division of the Potomac; Duty in the Defenses of Washington

September 16

Captain Orlando Poe of the United States Engineers was appointed Colonel of the regiment


Assigned to Richardson's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, Army of the Potomac

October 21-24

Reconnaissance to Occoquan

November 12-14

Reconnaissance to Pohick Church, Va.



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 6

Major Williams promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Louis Dillman promoted to major

March 17

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown, Va.

Lt. Colonel Williams lightly wounded

May 5

Battle of Williamsburg

The regiment lost 17 killed, 38 wounded, and 5 missing. Lieutenant Wallace was killed and Lieutenant Colonel Williams and Lieutenant Dobson wuonded

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines

The regiment lost 10 men killed and Lieutenant Colonel Williams and 46 enlisted men wounded

June 1-2

Reconnaissance beyond Seven Pines


Colonel Poe and Lieutenant Colonel Williams take a leave of absence, leaving Major Louis
Dillman in command

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

The regiment lost 2 killed and 19 wounded

June 25

Oak Grove

June 29

Savage Station

June 30

Glendale and Charles City Cross Roads

July 1

Malvern Hill

July 2 - August 15

Duty at Harrison's Landing

July 26

Lieutenant Colonel Williams transferred as colonel to the 20th Michigan Infantry. Major Dillman promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Cornelius Byington to major


Attached to 3rd Brigade. 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps

August 15-28

Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville, Va.

August 29

Battle of Groveton

Colonel Poe took command of the brigade, leaving Lieutenant Colonel Dillman in command of the regiment

August 30

Bull Run

September 1


September 3 to October 11

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.

October 11-
November 19

March up the Potomac to Leesburg, then to Falmouth, Va.


Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac


December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg


January 20-24

"Mud March"

February 10

Moved to Newport News, Va.

Feberuary 16

Colonel Poe resigns to accept promotion to brigadier general of volunteers, with rank from Novemnber 29. Captain William Humphrey promoted to colonel

March 19-23

Movement to Kentucky


Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio.


Private Franklin Thompson of Flint deserted near Lebanon, Kentucky after it was discovered that she was a woman, "and a good loking one at that," according to Colonel Poe.

April 9-30

Duty at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky.


At Columbia


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee

June 7-14

Moved to Vicksburg, Miss.

June 14-July 4

Siege of Vicksburg

July 4-10

Advance on Jackson, Miss.

July 10-17

Siege of Jackson

July 18-22

Destruction of Mississippi Central Railroad at Madison Station

July 23

Duty at Milldale

July 30

Lt. Colonel Dillman resigns


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio

August 4-12

Moved to Covington, Ky.

August 17-18

To Crab Orchard, Ky.

August 18 - October 17

Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee

September 10-26

March to Knoxville, Tenn., over the Cumberland Mountains

September 27-
October 3

Duty near Knoxville

October 10

Action at Blue Springs

November 4-December 23

Knoxville Campaign

November 16

Action at Campbell's Station

November 17-December 5

Siege of Knoxville

November 24

Assault on Confederate works

Major Cornelius Byington, Adjutant Noble, Lieutenants Gilpin and Frank Zoellner and 80 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded.

November 29

Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Saunders

December 14

Granger's Mills


Operation in East Tennessee



Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio. 198 men reenlisted as Veteran Volunteers

February 4

Veterans on furlough


Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

April 1

Captain Edwin March of the 27th Michigan transferred in and promoted to lieutenant colonel

April 4

Veterans rejoined Corps at Annapolis, Md.

May 4

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

Commanded by Colonel Humphrey, the regiment lost 6 killed and 32 wounded and missing

May 8-21

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House

Colonel Humphrey temporarily took command of the brigade until he was wounded. Captain James Farrand, commanding the regiment, and 1 enlisted man were killed and 9 men were wounded

May 10

Ny River

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 23-24

Ox Ford

Lieutenant Nelson Fletcher was killed

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 1-12

Battle of Cold Harbor

June 1-3

Bethesda Church

Lieutenant George Williams and 1 enlisted man were killed or mortally wounded and 36 men wounded.

June 17

Before Petersburg

Captain James Bradley and 7 other men were killed, 74 men were wounded, and 4 missing. Colonel William Humphrey took command of the brigade, leaving Lieutenant Colonel March in command of the regiment

June 18

Before Petersburg

Lieutenant Sherman was mortally wounded, 14 enlisted men were killed, Lieutenant Colonel March, Lieutenant Schneider and 66 enlisted men were wounded and 2 men were missing


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

Captain John Young, Lieutenant John Bush and four enlisted men were killed, 14 men were wounded and 37 men missing.

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel March, the regiment lost 1 killed, 2 wounded and 2 missing.

August 25

Ream's Station


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps

September 29-
October 2

Poplar Springs Church, Pegram's Farm

The regiment lost 7 wounded and 12 missing

September 30

Colonel Humphrey mustered out, and Lt. Colonel March promoted to colonel

October 8

Reconnaissance on Vaughan and Squirrel Level Roads

October 27-28

Boydton Road, Hatcher's Run

The regiment lost 7 wounded and 7 missing, including Captain Frederick Schneider, who was wounded and captured.

October 29

Moved to a position on the City Point and Petersburg Railroad

December 18

Captain Schneider promoted to lieutenant colonel, but not exchanged until February 1865


March 25

Fort Stealman, Petersburg

Commanded by Captain J. C. Broughton

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

April 2

Assault on and fall of Petersburg

April 3

Occupation of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 17

Colonel March resigns, and Lt. Colonel Schneider promoted to colonel

April 22-28

Moved to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

July 29

Mustered out under Colonel Frederick Schneider

August 1

Discharged at Detroit, Mich.

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