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37th Wisconsin Infantry

Regimental History
Thirty-seventh Infantry. — Col., Samuel Harriman; Lieut. -Cols., Anson O. Doolittle, John Green; Majs., William J. Kershaw, Robert C. Eden. This regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, in the spring of 1864. The first six companies were mustered into service the latter part of March and left the state for Virginia April 28 to join the army of the Potomac. On May 17, Cos. H and L joined the first six and the regiment distinguished itself in the first assaults on Petersburg, when it lost 7 officers and 147 enlisted men, killed and wounded. On July 30 it participated in the assault following the explosion of the mine, sustaining a loss of 7 officers and 148 men, killed and wounded. It was at the battle of Reams' station, acting as the reserve in the unsuccessful advance on the South Side railroad, and when the brigade was compelled to retreat the regiment poured so heavy a fire into the charging enemy as to completely check him, then repulsed a second assault and with reinforcements held the position until night. The regiment was in action at Hatcher's run in October and the winter was spent in and about Petersburg, often under fire. In the final assault it supported the brigade picket line against Fort Mahone, which was carried, three companies of the regiment being the first to enter the works. It participated in the grand review at Washington and was mustered out at Tenallytown July 26, 1865. Its original strength was 708. Gain by recruits, 101; substitutes, 64; draft, 271; total, 1,144. Loss by death 211 ; desertion, 29 ; transfer, 29 ; discharge, 195 ; mustered out, 680.

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

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