6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, and it was mustered in July 16, 1861.It went to Washington, D. C., in May and was in the Grand Review May 23. It was moved to Louisville, Kentucky, June 17.It was mustered out July 2, 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 3,371 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 Sauk County and Sheboygan County - Roster page 496.

Company B - many men from Pierce County and Still Water, Michigan - Roster page 500.

Company C - many men from Crawford County and Grant County - Roster page 505.

Company D - many men from Milwaukee County - Roster page 508.

Company E - many men from Fond du lac County and from the town of Appleton, WI - Roster page 513.

Company F - many men from Milwaukee County and Walworth County - Roster page 516.

Company G - many men from Rock County - Roster page 520.

Company H - many men from Buffalo County - Roster page 524.

Company I - many men from Vernon County and Brown County - Roster page 529.

Company K - many men from Juneau County and Waukesha County - Roster page 533.

Unassigned Recruits Roster page 537.

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, 1861-1865 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.
  • Cheek, Philip. History of the Sauk County riflemen known as Company "A" Sixth Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978), FHL film 1036180 Item 1 and (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118343.
  • Dawes, Rufus R. (Rufus Robinson). Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers. (Marietta, Ohio : E.R. Alderman, 1890), FHL book 977.5 M2dand (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118344.
  • Eberlein, Merton G. Company K, 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Inf. Civil War : Rufus Dawes, Captain/Major; Lt. Col./Colonel; Brevet Brigadier General, Congressman from Ohio. (Mauston, Wisconsin : Juneau County Historical Society, [198-]) FHL book 977.5 A1 no. 115 and (Mauston, Wisconsin : Juneau County Genealogical Society, 1988), FHL book 977.5 M28e.
  • Fitch, Michael Hendrick. Echoes of the Civil War as I hear them. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1993) FHL fiche 6118345.
  • Herdegen, Lance J. In the bloody railroad cut at Gettysburg. (Dayton, Ohio : Morningside House, c1990), FHL book 974.842/G1 M2hb.
  • Kellogg, John Azor. Capture and escape : a narrative of army and prison life. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL Fiche 6118347.

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)