The Civil War in the East

4th Rhode Island Infantry Regiment


The Fourth Rhode Island Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 68 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 67 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.




Organized at Providence

October 2

Left State for Washington, D.C.

October - November

At Camp Casey attached to Casey's Provisional Division, Army Potomac

October 30

Mustered in

November 28

At Camp California attached to Howard's Brigade, Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac

December 14

At Edsall's Hill, Defences of Washington, D.C. assigned to Parke's 3rd Brigade, Burnside's Expeditionary Corps


January 3

Moved to Annapolis, Md.

January 7-
February 8

Burnside's Expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island, N. C.

February 9

Battle of Roanoke Island


Duty at Roanoke Island

March 11-13

Advance on New Berne

March 14

Battle of New Berne

March 23-April 26

Siege of Fort Macon. Atached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Dept. of North Carolina

April 25-26

Bombardment and capture of Fort Macon


Duty at Beaufort and New Berne

July 6-8

Moved to Newport News, Va. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac

August 3-6

To Fredericksburg

August 31-September 3

Moved to Brook's Station, then to Washington, D.C.


Maryland Campaign

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

September 16-17



Duty in Pleasant Valley, Md.

October 30-November 19

Advance to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg



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

January 20-24

"Mud March"

February 8

Moved to Newport News, Va.

March 13

To Suffolk

April 12-May 4

Siege of Suffolk. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia

May 4

Nansemond River

une 9-13

Reconnoissance to the Chickahominy

June 24-July 8

Dix's Peninsula Campaign, attached to 3rd Brigade, Getty's Division at Portsmouth, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

July 1-7

Expedition from White House to South Anna River


Duty at Portsmouth



Attached to 3rd Brigade, Heckman's Division, Portsmouth, Va.

March 1

At Norfolk

April 1

At Point Lookout, Md., guarding prisoners. Attached to District of St. Mary's Point, Lookout, Md.

July 16

Ordered to Petersburg, Va. and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac

July to October

Siege of Petersburg

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

September 29-October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October 15

Old members mustered out. Veterans and Recruits consolidated with 7th Rhode Island Infantry.

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