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1st Wisconsin Infantry

Regimental History
First Infantry. — Cols., John C. Starkweather, George B. Bingham; Lieut. -Cols., Charles L. Harris, David H. Lane, George B. Bingham, Henry A. Mitchell; Majs., David H. Lane, George B. Bingham, Henry A. Mitchell, Donald C. McVean, Thomas H. Green. This regiment was organized as a 90-day regiment under the proclamation of April 16, 1861, with a numerical strength of 810, and left the state June 9. It led the advance on Martinsburg, participated in the battle of Falling Waters, and was mustered out Aug. 22, 1861. It was reorganized as a three year regiment and mustered in Oct. 19, with a strength of 945. Col. Starkweather was placed in command of the 28th brigade, Sept. 3, 1862, and Lieut. -Col. Bingham was advanced to colonel, Maj. Mitchell to lieutenant-colonel, and Capt. Donald C. McVean was appointed major. The regiment participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone's river, Chickamauga and Missionary ridge. It was mustered out Oct. 21, 1864. The original organization of 810 lost 91 by death, desertion, transfer and discharge, and mustered out, 719. The reorganization, numbering 945, was increased by recruiting, drafting and reenlistment of veterans to 1,508; losses, by death, 235: by desertion, 57; by transfer, 47; by discharge, 298; mustered out, 871.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 4

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