United States Regiments & Batteries > Michigan

The 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 76 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 6 officers and 498 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. In July of 1863 it was converted to a heavy artillery regiment after the siege of Port Hudson.

Organized at Kalamazoo, Mich.
August 20 Mustered in
August 30 Left State for Baltimore, Md., Attached to Dix’s Command, Baltimore, Md.
November 11-December 8 Expedition to eastern shore of Maryland
February 22 Ordered to Fortress Monroe, Va. and attached to Butler’s New Orleans Expedition
March 4 Sailed with Gen. Butler’s Expedition against New Orleans, La., on Transport “Constitution”
March 13 Arrived at Ship Island, Miss. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf
April 25-28 Operations against Forts St. Phillip and Jackson
May 2 Occupation of New Orleans. One of the first Regiments to occupy the city.
May 9-10 Expedition to New Orleans & Jackson Railroad
May 13 Moved to Baton Rouge, La.
May 14-29 Reconnaissance to Warrenton
May 16 Grand Gulf
May 20 Vicksburg
May 27 Grand Gulf
June-July Camp at Baton Rouge
July 20-30 Expedition to Camp Moore
August 5 Battle of Baton Rouge
August 20 Evacuation of Baton Rouge
August 22-December 6 Guard duty at Metaria Ridge
November Attached to Sherman’s Division, Dept. of the Gulf
January 12-15 Expedition to Bayou Teche attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf
January 14 Action with Steamer “Cotton”
January-March Duty at Camp Parapet and Kenner
March 21-30 Expedition to Ponchatoula (1 company)
March 24 Capture of Ponchatoula
March 26 Skirmish at Ponchatoula
April 12 Manchac Pass, Amite River
May 9-18 Raid on Amite River & Jackson Railroad, destroying over $400,000 worth of property.
May 13 Ponchatoula
May 15 Camp Moore
May 21-23 Moved to New Orleans, thence to Port Hudson
May 24-July 9 Siege of Port Hudson
May 27 & June 14 Assaults on Port Hudson
July 9 Surrender of Port Hudson
July 10 Regiment received thanks of Gen. Banks for gallant and efficient services during the siege and was by his orders converted into a Regiment of Heavy Artillery, to retain its Infantry number, and to have the organization pay and equipment prescribed by law for troops of the Artillery arms.
July 30 Order approved by Secretary of War
August Regiment on garrison duty at Port Hudson, La. assigned to District of Port Hudson, La., Dept. of the Gulf
November 8 Action at Tunica Bayou, La.
June 6-24 Moved to Morganza, La. and duty there as Infantry attached to Bailey’s Engineer Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf
June 24 At Vicksburg, Miss.
July 23 Moved to mouth of White River, thence to St. Charles, Ark.
July 24 Ashton, Ark.
August 23 Ordered to Mobile Bay, Ala. and attached to U.S. Forces, Mobile Bay, Dept. of the Gulf

Companies A, B, D, G and K garrison at Fort Morgan

Companies C, E, F, H and I garrison at Fort Gaines

December 23 – January 31 Companies B, C, E, F and H detached on Granger’s Expedition to Mobile
December Assigned to District Southern Alabama, Dept. of the Gulf


March 31 Companies A and K detached from Fort Morgan
March 31-April 8 Companies A and K – Siege of Spanish Fort
April 8 Companies A and K – Siege of Forts Huger and Tracy
April 9 Companies A and K garrison Fort Blakely
April 20 Companies A and K return to Fort Morgan.
April 10 – July 9 Company B detached from Fort Morgan to Navy Cove

Company E detached from Fort Gaines at Fort Powell

July 9 Regiment ordered to New Orleans, La. and duty there
August 20 Mustered out
September 5 Discharged at Jackson Mich.