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|Thirteenth Infantry. Cols., Maurice Maloney, William P. Lyon,
Augustus H. Kummel; Lieut. -Cols., James F. Chapman, Thomas O. Bigney, Augustus H. Kummel,
Charles S. Noyes; Majs., Thomas O. 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.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4