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28th Wisconsin Infantry

Regimental History
Twenty-eighth Infantry. — Cols., James M. Lewis, Edmund B. Gray; Lieut. -Cols., Charles Whittaker, Edmund B. Gray, Calvert C. White; Majs., Edmund B. Gray, Calvert C. White, John A. Williams. This regiment was organized at Milwaukee and was mustered in Oct., 14, 1862. It left the state Dec. 20 for Columbus, Ky., from which point it was ordered out on several minor expeditions. It embarked for Helena, Ark., Jan. 5, 1863, and joined Gorman's expedition up the White river. It was detached and placed in charge of St. Charles, which place the enemy had deserted on Gorman's approach, the balance of the forces proceeding to Devall's Bluff. The regiment rejoined the expedition on the return march, was transferred to the 1st brigade and sent on the Yazoo Pass expedition. It was engaged in the operations against Fort Pemberton, and in minor expeditions the remainder of the spring. It was on fortification and garrison duty at Helena from May 17 to July 4, when the enemy, 18,000 strong, attacked the garrison, numbering but 4,000. The regiment did its share in the defeat of the enemy in that brilliant engagement. On Aug. 6 the 28th was transferred to the Army of Arkansas and marched to Little Rock, which place was reached Sept. 10. It was detached from the brigade Nov. 7 and sent to Pine Bluff for the winter. On March 27, 1864, six companies were sent with an expedition to destroy the pontoon bridge at Longview, on the Sabine river, but were left at Mount Elba to guard a bridge where they held a force of 1,500 in check and with the assistance of a small reinforcement repelled a charge. The regiment was on guard and defense duty at Pine Bluff until winter, when it returned to Little Rock. On Feb. 22, 1865, it was ordered to Mobile and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 13th corps. It was in the trenches before Spanish Fort from March 27 until April 8; was then sent to Mcintosh bluff; worked on fortifications until the middle of May, and was then ordered to Texas for guard and garrison duty at Clarksville. It was mustered out Aug. 3, 1865, at Brownsville. Its original strength was 961. Gain by recruits, 144; substitutes, 32; total, 1,137. Loss by death, 231; desertion, 31; transfer, 81; discharge, 221; mustered out 573.

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

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