|If this website has been useful to you, please consider
making a Donation.
Your support will help keep this website free for everyone, and will allow us to do
more research. Thank you for your support!
|Twenty-fourth Infantry. Cols., Charles H. Larrabee, Theodore S.
West, Arthur McArthur. Jr.; Lieut. -Cols., Herman L. Page, Edwin L. Buttrick, Elisha C.
Hibbard, Theodore S. West, Arthur McArthur, Jr. ;Majs., Elisha C. Hibbard, Carl Von
Baumbach, Arthur McArthur, Jr., Alva Philbrook, William Kennedy. This regiment, known as
the "Milwaukee Regiment," was organized at Camp Sigel, Milwaukee, and was
mustered in at various dates from Aug. 15 to 21, 1862. It left the state Sept. 5, and
reached Covington, Ky., on the 11th, whence it was sent to Louisville and assigned to the
37th brigade, 11th division. It was first in action at the battle of Perryville, and of
its conduct the brigade commander said: "The 24th Wis. went forward with cheers and
soon engaged the enemy's right, pouring in and keeping up a cross-fire which made sad
havoc among them. This was the first brigade to break. * * * Both officers and men behaved
with coolness and deliberation, marching to the front with the steadiness of
veterans." The regiment proceeded to Crab Orchard and Bowling Green, reached
Edgefield, near Nashville, on Nov. 8, and moved to Mill creek on the 22nd. It was engaged
in the battle of Stone's river, losing 175 in killed, wounded and prisoners, after which
it encamped at Murfreesboro until June. In July and August it marched to Cowan, Tenn., and
Bridgeport, Ala.; participated in the battle of Chickamauga, sustaining a loss of 105 in
killed, wounded and missing; took an important part in the storming of Missionary ridge,
making the ascent under a heavy fire and carrying the enemy's position on the crest of the
ridge; assisted in raising the siege of Knoxville, Tenn., and was then on guard duty until
Jan. 15, 1864. On the following day it dislodged the enemy from a piece of woods near
Dandridge, and was then assigned to duty at division headquarters until May, when it
joined the Atlanta movement. On this campaign it was in action at Resaca and near
Adairsville; was under fire at Dallas for 11 days ; took part in the operations in front
of Kennesaw mountain ; fought at Peachtree creek, and was then on railroad, guard and
garrison duty until Nov. 1. It was with Gen. Thomas through Tennessee and Alabama during
the fall, fought valiantly at Franklin, one of the severest battles in which the regiment
had been engaged, and Gen. Stanley said: "I will not absolutely say the 24th Wis.
saved the battle of Franklin, but they had a great deal to do with saving it." It
participated in the battle at Nashville in December and spent the remainder of the winter
at Huntsville, Ala. It was mustered out at Nashville June 10, 1865. Its original strength
was 1,003. Gain by recruits, 74; total, 1,077. Loss by death, 173; desertion, 71;
transfer, 138; discharge, 289; mustered out, 406.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4