The Civil War in the East

2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment


The Second Rhode Island Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 111 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 74 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg (right).



Organized at Providence under Colonel John Slocum, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Wheaton and Major Sullivan Ballou

June 19

Left State for Washington, D.C.


At Camp Sprague, Washington, D. C. attached to Burnside's Brigade, Hunter's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia

July 16-21

Advance on Manassas, Va.

July 21

Battle of Bull Run

The regiment lost 28 killed, 56 wounded and 30 missing. Colonel John Slocum and Major Sullivan Ballou, Captains Levi Tower and Samuel J. Smith were killed, and Lieutenants Stephen Arnold and Henry C. Cook were wounded.


At Camp Sprague and Brightwood, Defences of Washington attached to Couch's Brigade, Division of the Potomac


Attached to Couch's Brigade, Buell's Division, Army Potomac



Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac

March 11-15

March to Prospect Hill, Va.

March 26

Embarked at Alexandria, Va., for the Peninsula

April 5-May 4

Siege of Yorktown

May 5

Battle of Williamsburg

May 9

Slatersville, New Kent C. H.

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 25

Oak Grove near Seven Pines

June 29

James River Road near Fair Oaks

June 30

White Oak Swamp

July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

August 5-6

Reconnoissance to Turkey Island

August 8-11

To Haxall's Landing

August 15-September 1

Movement to Alexandria

September 3-18

March into Maryland. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac

September 23-October 20

At Downsville


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps

October 20-November 18

Movement to Stafford C. H.

December 5

To Belle Plains

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg


January 20-24

"Mud March"

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29-May 2

Operations about Franklin's Crossing

May 3

Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg

May 3-4

Salem Heights

May 4

Banks' Ford

June 5-13

Deep Run Ravine or Franklin's Crossing

July 2-4

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Horatio Rogers. It brought 409 men to the field, losing one killed, five wounded and one missing.

July 10-13

Funkstown, Md.


At Warrenton, Va.

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 7

Rappahannock Station

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign


At Brandy Station



Attached to 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps


Rapidan Campaign

May 5-7

Battles of the Wilderness

May 8-12


May 12-21

Spottsylvania C. H.

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

June 11

Old members left front for muster out

June 17

Old members mustered out

June 17-18

Before Petersburg

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road

June 24

Siege of Petersburg

July 9-11

Moved to Washington, D.C.

July 11-12

Repulse of Early's attack on Washington attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division

August - December

Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign

September 19

Battle of Opequan, Winchester

September 22-December 1

Garrison duty at Winchester

December 2-6

Moved to Petersburg, Va. and Siege of Petersburg attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac


February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

March 25

Fort Fisher, Petersburg

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

April 2

Assault on and fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 23-27

Expedition to Danville

May 20-June 7

Moved to Washington via Richmond

June 8

Corps Review

July 13

Mustered out

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