Unit History – 2nd U. S. Infantry

19 06 2022

In Kansas January, 1861. Companies “C” and “K” reached Washington, D. C., July, 1861. Attached to Porter’s 1st Brigade, Hunter’s Division, McDowell’s Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Porter’s City Guard, Washington, D. C, to March, 1862. Regiment concentrated at Washington, December, 1861, except Company “H” at Fort Larned, Kan. Attached to Syke’s Regular Infantry Brigade, Army Potomac, March to May, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to September, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1864. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864. Provost Guard, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to October, 1864. Newport Barracks, Ky., to October, 1865.

SERVICE.— Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21, 1861 (Cos. “C,” “K”). Battle of Bull Run, Va., July 21. Duty as City Guard at Washington, D. C., till March, 1862. Moved to the Virginia Peninsula. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26; Gaines’ Mill June 27; Turkey Bridge June 30; Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing till August 16. Moved to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville August 16-28. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 28-September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Shepherdstown Ford September 19-20. At Sharpsburg till October 29. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11- July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee, July 5-24. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Near Greenwich April 11, 1864 (Cos. “C,” “H,” “K”). Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania Court House May 8-21; North Anna River May 22-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1- 12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16 to October, 1864. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve). Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church, Peeble’s Farm, September 29-October 2. Moved to Newport Barracks, Ky., October, 1864, and duty there till October, 1865. Company “B” moved from Kansas to St. Louis, Mo., February, 1861. Expedition to Booneville June 13-17. Capture of Jefferson City June 13. Action at Booneville June 17. Company “E” moved to St. Louis, Mo., July, 1861. Lyon’s Springfield Campaign July-August. Companies “B” and “E” action at Dug Springs August 2. Battle of Wilson’s Creek August 10. Joined Regiment in Washington, D. C., December, 1861. Company “H” at Fort Laramie till June, 1863. Joined Regiment at Benson’s Mills, Va., June 13, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 88 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 58 Enlisted men by disease. Total 155.

From Frederick Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, p. 1710


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