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|Fifty-first Infantry. Col., Leonard Martin; Lieut. -Col., John B.
Vliet; Maj., Alfred Taggart. The six original companies of this regiment were organized at
Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, in Feb., March and April, 1865, and were sent to Benton
barracks, St. Louis. Co. B was placed on duty at St. Louis, the remaining companies being
ordered to Warrensburg, Mo. for railroad guard duty, and were joined there by Co. B, on
June 21. Co. A was stationed at Crawford's run, the others at Pleasant Hill. In June the
four companies of the 53d regiment were consolidated with the 51st. Cos. G, H, I and K, of
the 51st, did not leave the state, but were discharged on May 6 under general orders for
reduction of the army. The regiment was mustered out by companies on various dates during
Aug., 1865. Its original strength was 841. Gain by recruits, 2; total, 843. Loss by death,
8; desertion, 87; discharge, 34; mustered out, 714.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4