The 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 11 officers and 197 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 186 enlisted men by disease. The regiment is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.
|August 22||Organized at Monroe, Mich. and mustered in under Colonel Ira Rufus Grosvenor|
|September 5||Left State for Washington, D.C. with 884 officers and enlisted men; Attached to Lander’s Brigade, Army of the Potomac|
|October||Attached to Lander’s Brigade, Stone’s Division, Army of the Potomac|
|September – December||Guard duty along the upper Potomac|
|October 22||Near Edward’s Ferry|
|December 4||Moved to Muddy Branch and duty there. Colonel Grosvenor took command of the brigade as senior colonel.|
|March||Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|March 12-15||Moved to Harper’s Ferry, thence to Charleston and Berryville|
|March 24||To Harper’s Ferry, then to Washington, D.C|
|March 27||To the Virginia Peninsula|
|April to August||Peninsula Campaign|
|April 5-May 4||Siege of Yorktown|
|May 7-8||West Point|
|May 31-June 1||Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines|
|June 25-July 1||Seven days before Richmond|
|June 29||Peach Orchard and Savage Station|
White Oak Swamp and Glendale
Lieutenant Charles Hunt was wounded
|July 1||Malvern Hill|
|July 7||Colonel Grosvenor resigned “due to the impoverished state of my health.”|
|July 14||Lieutenant Norman J. Hall, USA (USMA 1859), former Acting AAG on the staff of Brigadier General John G. Barnard, was commissioned colonel of the 7th Michigan.|
|July 2 – August 16||Duty at Harrison’s Landing|
|August 5||Action at Malvern Hill|
|August 15-28||Movement from Harrison’s Landing to Alexandria|
|August 28-31||To Fairfax Court House; Cover Pope’s retreat from Bull Run to Washington.|
|September 4||Captain Henry W. Nall was transferred to the 24th Michigan and appointed major.|
|September 6-22||Maryland Campaign|
The 7th Michigan was commanded by Colonel Norman Hall. Colonel Hall took over the brigade as senior colonel when General Dana was wounded and was himself wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Baxter was wounded by this time, and Captain Charles J. Hunt took over the regiment.
From the brigade marker at Antietam:
Dana’s Brigade, following Gorman’s in column of attack, passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the Hagerstown Pike, about 50 yards in rear of Gorman, and entered the West Woods, where its advance was checked about 40 yards east of this point.
Its left flank having been attacked and turned, by McLaws’ and Walker’s Divisions, it was compelled to retire.
A portion of the Brigade, with the 1st Minnesota Infantry, occupied a line near the Nicodemus house which it held for a time until, its flank having been again turned, it retired to the woods and fields east of the Hagerstown Pike.
|September 22||Moved to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. and duty there|
|Advance up the Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.|
Battle of Fredericksburg
The 7th Michigan was the first regiment to cross the Rappahannock River in pontoon boats under the fire of Confederate sharpshooters. It then drove the Confederate skirmishers from their cover, allowing a pontoon bridge to be constructed. Lieutenant Colonel Baxter was wounded in the attack.
|December 11||Forlorn hope to cross the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg|
|December||Duty at Falmouth, Va.|
|April 27-May 6||Chancellorsville Campaign|
|May 3||Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg|
|May 3-4||Salem Heights|
|June 11-July 24||Gettysburg Campaign|
The 7th Michigan was commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Amos Steele, Jr. while Colonel Hall commanded the brigade as senior colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Steele was killed on July 3rd, and Major Sylvanus W. Curtis took command. The 7th brought 165 men to the field, losing 21 killed and 44 wounded.
From the regimental monument near the Copse of Trees at Gettysburg:
Regiment held this position during the engagement of July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. On the evening of the 2nd changed front to the left, meeting and aiding in driving back the enemy. On the 3rd assisted in repulsing Pickett’s Charge, changing front to the right and assaulting the advancing force in flank.
Present for duty 14 officers 151 men. Total 165. Casualties, 2 officers 19 men killed; 3 officers 41 men wounded. Total 65.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.|
|On detached duty at New York City during draft disturbances|
|October 9-22||Rejoined army at Culpeper, Va. Bristoe Campaign|
|October 14||Bristoe Station|
|November 7-8||Advance to line of the Rappahannock|
|November 26-December 2||Mine Run Campaign|
|December||Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps|
|May 4-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River|
|May 8||Laurel Hill|
Captain George W. LaPointe was wounded in the right knee.
|May 10||Po River|
|May 12||Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,”|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 26-28||On line of the Pamunkey|
|June 4||Colonel Hall was discharged due to chronic dysentery, chills and fever. He would die in May of 1867.|
|June 16-18||First Assault on 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 River|
|July 27-28||Deep Bottom|
|August 13-20||Demonstration north of James at Deep Bottom|
|August 14-18||Strawberry Plains|
|August 25||Ream’s Station|
|October 13||Captain George W. LaPointe of Company C was promoted to lieutenant colonel.|
|November 18||Lieutenant Colonel George W. La Pointe was promoted to colonel but was not mustered due to the reduced sized of the regiment.|
|March 25||Watkins’ House|
|March 28-April 9||Appomattox Campaign|
|March 30-31||Boydton Road|
|March 31||Crow’s House|
|April 2||Fall of Petersburg|
|April 3-9||Pursuit of Lee|
|April 6||Sailor’s Creek|
Surrender of Lee and his army.
|April 10 – May 2||At Burkesville|
|May 2-12||Moved to Washington, D.C.|
|May 23||Grand Review|
|June 16-22||Moved to Louisville, Ky., then to Jeffersonville, Ind.|
|July 5||Mustered out|