United States Regiments & Batteries > Wisconsin


The 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 15 officers and 180 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 132 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument on the Gettysburg battlefield.

1861
Organized at Madison, Wis
July 12 Mustered in under Colonel Amasa Cobb
July 24 Ordered to Washington, D.C. and Attached to King’s Brigade, McDowell’s Division, Army of the Potomac at Camp on Meridian Hill
September 3 Detached to construct Fort Marcy on north bank of the Potomac. At Camp Griffin, near Washington
September 10 Lewinsville, Va. (Companies B, C and G)
September 25 Reconnaissance to Lewinsville
October Attached to Hancock’s Brigade, Smith’s Division, Army of the Potomac
1862
March Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 9 March to Flint Hill
March 16 To near Alexandria
March 23-25 To Fortress Monroe
March 27 Reconnaissance to Warwick Court House
April 4-5 Advance from Newport News to Warwick River and toward Yorktown
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown
April 16 Reconnaissance toward Yorktown
April 16 Lee’s Mills, Burnt Chimneys
May 5 Battle of Williamsburg. Attachd to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 6 – 18 Duty at White House
May 24 – June 5 March to near Richmond and picket duty on the Chickahominy
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond
June 27
Garnett’s Farm
June 29
Savage Station
June 30
White Oak Swamp and Glendale
July 1
Malvern Hill
July-August At Harrison’s Landing
August 16-24 Moved to Alexandria
August 29-30 March to Centreville
September 6-22 Maryland Campaign
September 10-11 Sugar Loaf Mountain
September 14
Crampton’s Pass, South Mountain
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment was assigned to support artillery and suffered little loss. Colonel Cobb took over brigade command as senior colonel when Brigadier General Hancock was transferred to command of the 1st Division, 2nd Corps after Major General Richardson was wounded.

September 18-22 At Williamsport
October 11 Expedition to intercept Stuart’s Cavalry
October 13-31 At Hagerstown
November 3-18 March to Aquia Creek
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
1863
January-April At White Oak Church
January 20-24 “Mud March”
February Attached to Light Division, 6th Army Corps. Colonel Cobb was elected to congress and resigned his comission to take his seat. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas S. Allen of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry was appointed colonel of the 5th
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
April 29-May 2 Operations about Franklin’s Crossing
May 3
Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps

May 3-4
Salem Heights
May 4 Banks’ Ford
June 11-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 2-4
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Thomas S. Allen. It brought 491 men to the field, suffering no casualties as it served in reserve positions in the army’s flank and rear.From the monument: “Gettysburg July 2, 3, 4, 5. 3d Brig (Russels’) 1st. Div. 6th Corps. War losses 174 killed, 548 wounded. Col. Amasa Cobb 1861-2. Col. T.S. Allen 1863-4-5. This regiment moved from centre to this point early July 3rd to resist threatened attack on this flank. Moved hastily back in the afternoon to assist in repelling attack on the center and later took position on the crest of Big Round Top.”

July 5 Near Fairfield, Pa.
July 10-13 About Funkstown, Md.
August-September Detached duty at New York, Albany and Troy during draft disturbances.
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
1864
January Duty at Brandy Station attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps
February Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 4-June 15 Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 12 Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle”
May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Battle of Cold Harbor
June 17-18
First Assault on Petersburg

Siege of Petersburg begins

June 22-23 Weldon Railroad
July 9-12 Moved to Washington, D.C.
July 12 Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington
July 16 Non-veterans ordered to Wisconsin. Veterans consolidated to a Battalion of three Companies.
August 3 Non-veterans mustered out
August 7-November 28 Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division
September 19
Battle of Opequan, Third Battle of Winchester
September Seven new companies organized in Wisconsin
September Provost duty at Winchester, Va. and at Cedar Creek, Va.
October 2 New companies left State for Winchester, Va. via Alexandria
October 20 New companies joined Regiment at Cedar Creek
December 1-4 Moved to Petersburg, Va. and Siege of Petersburg, rejoining Army of the Potomac
1865
February 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 23-27 March to Danville
May 18-June 2 To Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C
June 8 Corps Review
June 24 Original three companies mustered out
July 11 Remainder of regiment mustered out