United States Regiments & Batteries > Rhode Island


The 7th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 85 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 108 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

1862
May-September Organized at Providence under the command of Colonel Zenas R. Bliss, a West point graduate (USMA 1854) and former Captain in the 8th United States Infantry Regiment.
September 10-12 Moved to Washington, D.C.
Camp at Capital Hill, Defences of Washington, D.C. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Casey’s Division, Military District of Washington
September 16 At Arlington Heights, Va.
October 1 Moved to Sandy Hook, Md. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac
October 27-
November 19
Movement to Falmouth, Va.
November 15 Warrenton, Sulphur Springs
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg

Colonel Bliss was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Fredericksburg when he, “to encourage his regiment which never before been in action and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy’s fire, rose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their ire at the time.”

1863
January 20-24 “Mud March”
February 9 Moved to Newport News
March 25-31 To Lexington, Ky. and attached to Dept. Ohio
April 18 Moved to Winchester, then to Richmond, Ky.
May 3 To Paint Creek
May 10 To Lancaster
June 4-14 Moved to Vicksburg, Miss.
June 15-July 4 Siege of Vicksburg. Transferred to Army of Tennessee
July 5-10 Advance on Jackson, Miss.
July 10-17 Siege of Jackson
July 18 At Milldale
August 8-18 Moved to Nicholasville, Ky
September 7 To Lexington and provost duty there attached to District of North Central Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. Ohio
1864
April 2-23 Moved to Virginia and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac
May-June Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House
May 21 Stannard’s Mill
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
June 1-3 Bethesda Church
June 16-18 Before Petersburg
June 16 Siege of Petersburg begins
July 30
Mine Explosion, Petersburg
August 18-21 Weldon Railroad
September 29-
October 2
Poplar Springs Church
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
November 1 Garrison of Fort Sedgwick
1865
March 25
Fort Stedman
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
April 2 Assault on and fail of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee to Farmville
April 20-28 Moved to Petersburg and City Point, then to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review
June 9 Mustered out