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|Ninth Infantry. Cols., Frederick Salomon, Arthur Jacobi; Lieut. -
Cols., A. George Wriesberg, Henry Orff, Arthur Jacobi, Herman Schlueter, George Eckhardt.
This was a German regiment and was organized in the fall of 1861, under general orders of
Aug. 26. Its numerical strength was 870 and it was mustered in Oct. 26. It left the state
Jan. 22, 1862, and first took part in the "Southwestern Expedition" into Kansas,
Missouri and the Indian Territory. It routed two Confederate camps at Cowskin prairie, as
well as a large camp of Confederate Indians en route, and took part in an engagement at
Newtonia against a superior force pending the arrival of the main body. It fought at Cane
Hill, Prairie Grove, Terre Noir, Miss., Poison springs and Jenkins' ferry. It was mustered
out Jan. 30, 1866. The foregoing does not do this regiment full justice. Its membership
included a large number of veterans of the German army. It was a well disciplined body,
organized with Gen. Fremont's promise that it should be joined to Gen. Sigel's command,
and it expected to be sent to the front at once. Instead it was sent on arduous,
disheartening campaigns among scattered bands of guerrillas and Indians, suffering great
privations and being in small engagements. Through all, in the face of keen
disappointment, it maintained the traditions of the army of the Fatherland, performed well
its duty, and won praise for its gallantry. Its total enrollment was 1,422. Losses by
death 175, desertion 25, transfer 7, discharge 191.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4