16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison, Wisconsin,and it was mustered in January 31, 1862. It moved to Louisville, Kentucky, June 7. It was mustered out July 12, 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 3,247 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 - many men from Waushara County and the town of Berlin, which is located in Waushara, Marathon, and Green Lake Counties - Roster page 2.

Company B -  Roster page 6.

Company C - Roster page 8.

Company D - Roster page 13.

Company E - Roster page 15.

Company F - Roster page 19.

Company G - Roster page 22.

Company H - Roster page 26.

Company I - Roster page 28.

Company K - Roster page 32.

Unassigned Recruits - Roster page 35.

NEW COMPANIES FOR THE 16TH REGIMENT

Company B - Roster page 36.

Company D - Roster page 38.

Company F - Roster page 41.

Company H - Roster page 44.

Company K - Roster page 46.

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.
  • Hetzel, Bev. Wisconsin deaths at Shiloh, Tennessee. (West Bend, Wisconsin: B. Hetzel, [199-?]), FHL book 977.5 M2het and Civil War 16th infantry casualties at Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6, 7, 1862: reported by D.G. James. FHL book 977.5 M2hst.
  • Vail, David Franklin. Company K, of the 16th Wisconsin, at the Battle of Shiloh. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118387.

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 II. (Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886)