The Civil War in the East

16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment

The regiment lost 6 officers and 76 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 240 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Antietam.

monument to the 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment at Antietam


August 24

Organized at Hartford

August 29-31

Moved to Washington, D.C. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac


Maryland Campaign

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Francis Beach. With little training and no experience, they were placed on the flank of Burnside's advance on Sharpsburg in the afternoon and were struck and crushed by A. P. Hill's attack. Out of 779 engaged the regiment lost 43 killed, 161 wounded and 204 captured or missing.

October 27

Duty in Pleasant Valley, Md.

October 27-
November 17

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

March 13

To Suffolk

April 12-May 4

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

April 24

Edenton Road

May 3

Providence Church Road and Nansemond River

May 4

Siege of Suffolk raised

June 9-17

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. Duty there and at Norfolk assigned to 2nd Brigade, Getty's Division, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina.



Assigned to District of Albemarle, N. C., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina

January 20

Skirmish at Harrellsville (Detachment)

January 24-28

Moved to Morehead City, then to New Berne and Plymouth

January 30

Skirmish at Windsor

February 2 -
March 20

Duty at Newberne


At Plymouth, N. C.

April 17-20

Siege of Plymouth, assigned to Defenses of Newberne, N. C, Dept. Virginia and North Carolina

April 20

Outnumbered 5 to 1 and with no hope of escape or reinforcement, the garrison was surrendered and the regiment captured.

April 1864-
June 1865

Those not captured on duty at New Berne and Roanoke Island, N. C. asigned to Dept. North Carolina.


June 24

Mustered out

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