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|Forty-third Infantry. Col., Amasa Cobb; Lieut-Col., Byron Paine;
Maj., Samuel B. Brightman. This regiment was organized at Milwaukee in the summer of 1864.
The first company was mustered in Aug. 8, the last on Oct. 8, and the regiment left the
state Oct. 9. It was sent to Nashville, Tenn., thence to Johnsonville for guard and
garrison duty. Col. Cobb, member of Congress from the 5th district, was appointed
commander of the post, and Lieut. -Col. Paine, who was chief justice of the supreme court,
succeeded to the command of the regiment. The enemy opened fire on the place and gunboats
early in November, but it being wholly an artillery engagement the 43d was compelled to
lie in the trenches without action. It left Johnsonville Nov. 30, encamped at Decherd on
the Chattanooga-road, and remained in that vicinity until the close of the war, engaged in
guarding the railroad and dispersing guerrillas. It was mustered out June 24, 1865. Its
original strength was 867. Gain by recruits, 38; substitutes, 8; total, 913. Loss by
death, 70; desertion, 40; transfer, 1; discharge, 39; mustered out, 763.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4