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|Thirty-ninth Infantry. Col., Edwin L. Buttrick; Lieut. -Col.,
Jacob S. Crane; Majs., Martin Throup, George C. Ginty. This regiment was organized at Camp
Washburn, Milwaukee, in May and June, 1864, was mustered in for 100 days' service, and
left the state June 13. It reached Memphis on the 17th, and was assigned to the 3d
brigade, Col. Buttrick commanding. Co. A was detached for train guard duty. The regiment
had a brush with Forrest's cavalry near the Hernando road, the enemy 5,000 strong,
breaking through the picket line and entering Memphis. The 39th was engaged in
detachments, in guard and picket duty until its term of service expired and was mustered
out at Milwaukee Sept. 22, 1864. Its original strength was 780. Loss by death, 5; mustered
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4