The Civil War in the East

11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 11th Connecticut Volunteers lost 8 officers and 140 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 176 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


A monument to the 11th Connecticut is on the Antietam battlefield near Burnside's Bridge.


October 24 - November 14

Organized at Hartford under Colonel Henry W. Kingsbury (USMA 1861), Lieutenant Colonel Charles Matthewson, and Major Griffin A. Stedman.

December 16

Left State for Annapolis, Md.


January 7-
February 8

Burnside's expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island, N. C. Attached to Williams' Brigade, Burnside's Expeditionary Corps.

February 8

Battle of Roanoke Island


At Roanoke Island

March 11-13

Moved to Newberne

March 14

Battle of Newberne


Duty at Newberne


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of North Carolina

June 11

Lieutenant Colonel Matthewson resigned and Major Stedman was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

July 2

Moved to Morehead City

July 3-5

To Newport News, Va.


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

August 1-6

Moved to Fredericksburg

August 31-September 3

Moved to Brooks' Station, then to Washington, D.C.


Maryland Campaign

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

Colonel Kingsbury led the regiment in an unsuccessful attack on Burnside's Bridge. The regiment continued to provide cover fire to new attacks, and Colonel Kingsbury was mortally wounded, shot four times. Lieutenant Colonel Stedman took command of the regiment. He was badly wounded in the leg but refused to leave the field until the battle was over.

September - October

Duty at Pleasant Valley, Md.

September 25

Lieutenant Colonel Stedman was promoted to colonel.

October 27-November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg


January 20-24

Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March"

February 6-9

Moved to Newport News, Va.

March 13

To Suffolk

April 12-May 4

Siege of Suffolk. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Va.

April 24

Edenton Road

May 3

Providence Church Road and Nansemond River

May 4

Siege of Suffolk raised

June 9-16

Reconnaissance to the Chickahominy

June 24-July 7

Dix's Peninsula Campaign

July 1-7

Expedition from White House to South Anna River


Moved to Portsmouth, Va. and attached to 2nd Brigade, Getty's Division, Portsmouth, Va., Deptartment of Virginia and North Carolina

October 1

Moved to Gloucester Point



The regiment reenlisted for the duration of the war.


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. Va. and N. C.

May 4-28

Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond

May 5

Occupation of Bermuda Hundred, Va.

May 7

Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station

May 9-10

Swift Creek or Arrow field Church

May 12-16

Operations against Fort Darling

May 12-16

Battle of Drewry's Bluff

May 17-27

On Bermuda Hundred front

May 27-31

Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor

June 1-12

Battles about Cold Harbor

June 15-18

Assault on Petersburg

June 16 - April 2

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

July 30

Mine explosion Petersburg (Reserve)

August 5

Colonel Stedman was mortally wounded, shot in the stomach after a skirmish while talking with General Ames. He died the next day. A major redoubt on the Union defensive line would be named after him.

August 25

On Bermuda Hundred front, attached to Provisional Division, Army of the James


On north side of the James before Richmond, attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps, Dept. of Va.


April 3

Occupation of Richmond


Duty at Richmond and Lynchburg, Va.


Attached to 1st Independent Brigade, 24th Army Corps

December 21

Mustered out

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