The Civil War in the East

7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment

The 7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment lost 11 officers and 157 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 officers and 192 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.



September 13

Organized at New Haven under Colonel Alfred H. Terry

September 18

Left State for Washington, D.C.

October 5

Moved to Annapolis, Md. Attached to Wright's 3rd Brigade, Sherman's Expeditionary Corps

October 21-
November 7

Sherman's expedition to Port Royal, S.C.

November 7

Capture of Forts Beauregard and Walker, Port Royal Harbor


Duty at Hilton Head, S.C.

November 8

Reconnaissance on Hilton Head Island

November 10-11

Expedition to Braddock's Point

December 18

Moved to Tybee Island, S.C. Engaged in fatigue duty building batteries for the reduction of Fort Pulaski/


March 20-April 10

Companies B, G and I on Dafuskie Island

April 10-11

Manned Batteries Totten, Halleck, Sherman, Lincoln and Stanton. Bombardment and capture of Fort Pulaski


Garrison duty at Fort Pulaski assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South.

Colonel Tery was promoted to brigadier general commanding Morris Island. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Hawley was promoted to colonel and took command of the regiment.

June 1-28

Operations on James Island, S.C. assigned to District of Hilton Head, S.C., Dept. of the South

June 16

Battle of Secessionville

The regiment lost 9 killed, 69 wounded and 4 missing.

June 28-July 7

Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head, S.C.


Duty at Hilton Head assigned to District of Beaufort, S.C., 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South

September 30-October 13

Expedition to St. John's Bluff, Fla.

October 21-23

Expedition to Pocotaligo, S.C.

October 22

Action at Frampton's Plantation, Pocotaligo


Duty at Hilton Head and Beaufort, S.C.


January 13

Moved to Fernandina, Fla.

April 12

Balance of regiment at St. Augustine, Fla.
Cos. A, B, I and K detached and moved to Hilton Head, S.C. assigned to 10th Corps for Expedition against Charleston, S. C.

June 3

Cos. A, B, I and K - Occupation of Folly Island, S.C. assigned to 2nd Brigade, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps

July 10

Companies A, B, I and K - Attack on water batteries, Morris Island, S.C. assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps

July 11

Assault on Fort Wagner

Companies A, B, I and K lost 103 casualties out of 191 officers and men engaged.

July 11-
September 7

Companies A, B, I and K - Siege of Fort Wagner assigned to 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps

August 2

Balance of regiment moved to Morris Island, S.C.

August 5

Regiment joins from St. Augustine, Fla. Assigned to 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, S.C.


Operations against Fort Sumter and against Charleston. Man Batteries Stevens, Strong, Weed and Kearney.

October 16

Moved to St. Helena Island, S.C. and assigned to St. Helena Island, S.C., 10th Corps

October 29-
November 17

Boat duty at Folly Island


At St. Helena Island, S.C. assigned to 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps


Assigned to St. Helena Island, S.C., 10th Corps


January 15

Veterans on furlough. The loss of over 300 veterans forced the 7th to reorganize as a battalion of four companies.

February 5-7

Moved to Jacksonville, Fla. and assigned to Hawley's Brigade, District of Florida

February 8-28

Expedition into Central Florida assigned to 2nd Brigade, Ames' Division, District of Florida

February 20

Battle of Olustee

February 27

Veterans return from furlough


Duty at Jacksonville, Fla.

April 13-20

Moved to Gloucester Point, Va. and assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina

May 4-28

Butler's operations on south side of the James and against Petersburg and Richmond assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps

May 9-10

Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church

May 10

Chester Station

May 12-16

Operations against Fort Darling

May 13

Proctor's Creek

May 14-16

Battle of Drewry's Bluff

The regiment lost 30 killed, 104 wounded and 69 missing.

May 16-August 13

On the Bermuda Hundred lines

June 2

Attack on picket line

June 9


June 14

Bermuda Hundred

The regiment lost 25 killed or wounded and 78 captured.

June 16-17

Port Walthal

June 16 -
January 3

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

August 13-20

Demonstration on north side of the James

August 14-18

Battle of Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

August 25 - September 28

In trenches before Petersburg

September 28

Moved to north side of the James

September 28-30

Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights

October 7

Darbytown and New Market Roads

October 13

Darbytown Road

October 27-28

Battle of Fair Oaks

November 2-17

Detached for duty at New York City during Presidential election of 1864


Duty in trenches before Richmond


Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps


January 3-15

Second expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C. assigned to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Terry's Provisional Corps, Dept. of North Carolina

January 15

Assault and capture of Fort Fisher

January 19

Half Moon Battery

February 11

Sugar Loaf Battery

February 18

Fort Anderson

February 22

Capture of Wilmington

February 22

North East Ferry


Duty at Wilmington, N. C. assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, then to Abbott's Detached Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina


At Goldsboro

July 20

Mustered out

August 11

Discharged at New Haven

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