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Brief History[edit | edit source]

 The 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison, Wisconsin, and it was mustered in July 12, 1861.It went to Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D. C., May 18-June 2. There was a Corps Review June 8.It was mustered out June 24 (three Companies) and July 11, 1865. [1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 3,414 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

The following company links are to rosters taken from Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers[2], found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks.

Company A - most men from Manitowoc County and many from Dunn CountyRoster page 439.

Company B - many men from Milwaukee County - Roster page 441.

Company C - many men from Milwaukee County - Roster page 444.

Company D - many men from Dodge County and Wood County - Roster page 447.

Company E - many men from Rock County - Roster page 450.

Company F - many men from Waukesha County and Dunn County - Roster page 453.

Company G - some men from Waukesha County, residences of most men are unknown - Roster page 456.

Company H - many men from Richland County - Roster page 459.

Company I - many men from Fon du lac County and Calumet County - Roster page 461.

Company K - many men from Dunn County - Roster page 465.

Unassigned Recruits Roster page 469.


5TH REGIMENT, WISCONSIN INFANTRY REORGANIZED

Company A - many men from Milwaukee County - Roster page 471.

Company B - many men from Fond du Lac County, Dunn County and Rock County - Roster page 474.

Company C - many men from Dodge County, Dunn County and Waukesha CountyRoster page 477.

Company D - many men from Marathon County, Portage County and Dodge County - Roster page 479.

Company E - many men from Kewaunee County, Winnebago County and Outagamie County - Roster page 481.

Company F - many men from Portage County, Dodge County and Marathon County - Roster page 483.

Company G - many men from the city of Albion, could be Dane, Trempealeau or Jackson Counties - Roster page 485.

Company H - many men from Dodge County and Fond du Lac County - Roster page 487.

Company I - many men from Green County and Lafayette County - Roster page 489.

Company K - many men from Eau Claire County and Winnebago County - Roster page 490.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster page 492.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Wisconsin in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Wisconsin in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Wisconsin, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Castleman, Alfred L. (Alfred Lewis). The Army of the Potomac, behind the scenes : a diary of unwritten history; from the organization of the Army by George B. McClellan, to the close of the campaign in Virginia, about the first day of January, 1863. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118340.
  • Jones, Evan Rowland. Personal recollections of the American war. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL Fiche 6118342 and Four years in the Army of the Potomac : a soldier's recollections. FHL Fiche 6118341.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  2. Wisconsin. Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Volume I. (Madison: Democrat Printing Company, State Printers, 1886)