The Civil War in Michigan

3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Reorganized)

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As soon as the 3rd was mustered out orders were issued to reorganize the regiment. This was done during the summer and it was mustered in at Grand Rapids on Oct. 15. It left the state Oct. 20, reported at Nashville and was ordered to Decatur, Ala., where it was stationed during November, being in a small engagement on the 23d. It was then ordered to Fort Rosecrans, Murfreesboro. The pickets being forced in and the town possessed by Faulkner's brigade, four companies of the 3d joined other troops in a spirited engagement, repulsing the enemy. The regiment was in numerous small affairs and on Jan. 16, 1865, it moved to Huntsville, Ala., where it was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 4th army corps. It moved to Jonesboro, and was ordered to Nashville on April 20. On June 15 it was sent to Texas, reaching Green Lake July 11, and on Sept. 12, it started for San Antonio, reaching there two weeks later. It engaged in provost guard duty and during the winter two companies were on duty at Gonzales. The regiment was mustered out at Victoria May 26, 1866. Its original strength was 879. Gain by recruits, 230; total, 1,109. Loss by death, 158.

The Regiment lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 1 Officer and 163 Enlisted men by disease. Total 165.

Cols., Daniel McConnell, Stephen G. Champlin, Byron R. Pierce, Moses B. Houghton; Lieut. -Cols., Ambrose A. Stevens, Edwin S. Pierce, Moses B. Houghton, John Atkinson; Majs., Stephen G. Champlin, Byron R. Pierce, John C. Hall.


Organized at Grand Rapids, Mich., and mustered into State service May 21, 1861. Mustered into United States service June 10, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., June 13. Attached to Richardson's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeastern Virginia, to August, 1861. Richardson's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861, Richardson's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1864.


Defence of Decatur, Ala., against Hood's attack October 26-30, 1864. Duty at Decatur till November 25. Moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., November 25-27, and duty there till January 16, 1865. Hood's attack on Murfreesboro December 5-12, 1864. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., January 16, 1865; thence to Nashville, Tenn., January 31, and to Huntsville, Ala., February 6. Expedition to Bull's Gap and operations in East Tennessee March 16-April 17. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., April 20-24, and duty there till June 15. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 15-July 5; thence to Indianola, Texas, July 6-10. March to Green Lake and duty there till September 12. March to San Antonio September 12-26. Guard and provost duty at San Antonio, Gonzales and Victoria till May, 1866. Mustered out at Victoria May 26 and discharged at Detroit, Mich., June 10, 1866.



Michigan. AGO. Records of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War. Vol. 1. Kalamazoo, MI: Ihling, 1905. E514.3.M62v1. (Alphabetical list of regiment's personnel).

Robertson, John, compiler. Michigan in the War. Lansing, MI: W. S. George, 1880. pp. 165-86. E514.M62. (Brief history of the regiment).


Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

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