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|Fifty-third Infantry. Lieut.-Col., Robert T. Pugh. The four
companies of this regiment were organized in the spring of 1865, when the government
ordered all recruits not mustered in to be discharged. They were sent to St. Louis and
thence to Leavenworth, where the battalion was transferred to the 51st on June 10, 1865.
Co. A became Co. G of the 51st, B became Co. H; C became K, and D became I. They were
mustered out with that regiment in Aug., 1865. The original strength of the four companies
was 380. Gain by recruits, 9; total, 389. Loss by death, 8; desertion, 14; discharge, 47;
mustered out, 315.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4