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The 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment lost 12 officers and 242 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 171 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument on the Cold Harbor battlefield.

1863
November 23 Organized at Washington, D.C. from the 19th Connecticut Infantry Regiment
December Garrison duty at Forts Worth, Williams and Ellsworth, defenses of Washington, D.C. South of the Potomac, attached to 2nd Brigade, DeRussy’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington
1864
February Attached to 4th Brigade, DeRussy’s Division, 22nd Army Corps
May 17-19 Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field. Moved to Spotsylvania C. H. and attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps
May 19-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
May 29 Hanover Court House
May 31-June 12
Battle of Cold Harbor

From the monument at Cold Harbor:

Late on the afternoon of June 1, 1864, Col. Elisha Strong Kellogg and his 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery attacked Confederate entenchments to the west along with other Federal troops from the Sixth and Eighteenth Corps. Kellogg advanced his 1500 men across this ground in three battalions with weapons at port arms.

The combined Union attacks resulted in the capture of approximately 300 prisoners. Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s Confederate division halted their further progress with a withering fire delivered from the left flank. Kellogg was killed at the head of the first battalion in front of the abatis and breastworks held by Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Clingman’s brigade.

The remaining men of the 2nd Connecticut regrouped under Col. Emory Upton, and assisted in the capture of the Confederate line at sunset. However, more than 330 of its men fell killed and wounded in these attacks.

May this unit that began the say raw and inexperienced nevermore be known as a “band box” regiment…

The monument lists the names of the men kiled and wounded at Cold Harbor.

June 18-July 10
Siege of Petersburg
June 22-23 Jerusalem Plank Road
July 10-12 Moved to Washington, D.C.
July 12 Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington
August –
December
Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Assigned to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester (Opequan)
September 22
Fisher’s Hill
September 23-24 New Market
September 25 Woodstock
October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek
October-November Duty at Winchester and in the valley
December 1-5 Moved to Petersburg, Va. and Siege of Petersburg
1865
Feb. 5-7 Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
April 2 Assault on and fall of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee
April 6 Sailor’s Creek
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 10-23 At Farmville and Burkesville
April 23-27 March to Danville
May 24-June 3 March to Richmond, then to Washington, D.C.
June 8 Corps review
June-August Duty at Washington attached to 2nd Brigade, DeRussy’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington
August 18 Mustered out