The Civil War in the East

5th Michigan Infantry Regiment

The 5th mustered 1,350 men. it lost 16 officers and 247 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 188 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 5th Michigan Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


August 28

Organized at Detroit, Mich., and mustered in

September 11

Left State for Washington, D.C.

September 13

Attached to Richardson's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, Army of the Potomac and duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.

October 21-24

Reconnaissance to Occoquan


January 9

Pohick Run, Va.

March, 1862

Attached to Berry's 3rd Brigade, Kearny's 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 10-15

Advance to Manassas, Va.,

March 17

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

March to August.

Peninsula Campaign

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown, Va.

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 25

Oak Grove

June 29

Savage Station and Peach Orchard

June 30

Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale

July 1

Malvern Hill

July 2 - August 16

Duty at Harrison's Landing

August 16-26

Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Centreville; attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps

August 29

Battle of Groveton

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run

September 1


September 2 - October 11

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D, C.

October 11-November 23

March up the Potomac to Leesburg, and then to Falmouth

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg


January 20-24

"Mud March"

January 25 - April 27

At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel John Pulford, who was wounded on July 2nd - the third of five times during the war.


From the Gettysburg monument: "Effective strength July 2nd 1863; present and detached service 21 officers and 262 men, total 283. Casualties: Killed 2 officers, 17 men; Wounded 8 officers 78 men; Missing 4 men; Total 109."


"The regiment fought here about 4:30 o'clock p.m., July 2, 1863, after it had been assembled from the skirmish line far in advance of this position. It moved to the support of the 2nd Corps in resisting Pickett's Charge, July 3."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.

July 23

Action at Wapping Heights, Va.

August 16-September 17

On detached duty at New York City and at Troy, N.Y.

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 13


November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 7

Kelly's Ford

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

November 27

Payne's Farm


January 4 to
February 14

Veterans on furlough

February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan


Attached to 2nd Brigade. 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 4-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-21

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House

May 8

Laurel Hill

May 10

Po River

May 12

Assault on the Salient ("Bloody Angle")

May 19

Harris Farm, Fredericksburg Road

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 8-31


June 1-12

Battle of Cold Harbor

June 16-18

Before Petersburg

June 16

Siege of Petersburg begins

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad

July 27-29

Demonstration on north side of the James

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

August 13-20

Demonstration on north side of the James at Deep Bottom

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains

September 29-October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

December 7-12

Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad


February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

March 25

Watkins' House

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 30-31

White Oak Road

March 31

Crow's House

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge

April 9

Appomattox Court House, surrender of Lee and his army

May 2-12

March to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

June 10-14

Moved to Louisville, Ky.

June 15 - July 5

At Jeffersonville, Ind.

July 3

Mustered out

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