2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison, Wisconsin, and was  mustered in June 11, 1861. It mustered out at Madison, Wisconsin, July 2, 1864. The Battalion was consolidated with the 6th Wisconsin Infantry as Companies "G" and "H" on November 30, 1864.The 2nd Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at LaCrosse and was mustered in at Racine, Wisconsin, October 10, 1861.It was at Point Lookout, Maryland, January 20,1865. It was mustered out July 10, 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 2,034 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 - Roster page 347.

Company B - Roster page 350.

Company C - Roster page 353.

Company D - Roster page 356.

Company E - Roster page 359.

Company F - Roster page 362.

Company G - Roster page 364.

Company H - Roster page 367.

Company I - Roster page 370.

Company K - Roster page 373 and Roster page 375.

 Unassigned Recruits - Roster page 378.


Company A - Roster page 379.

Company B - Roster page 382.

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.
  • Beecham, Robert K. Gettysburg, the pivotal battle of the Civil War. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL Fiche 6118326.
  • Brown, Elon Francis. Civil War diary, 1861-1865. (New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University, 1959), FHL Film 888796 Item 4.
  • Hetzel, Bev. Wisconsin Civil War Casualities in the Iron Brigade. (West Bend, Wisconsin : B. Hetzel, [19--]), FHL book 977.5 M2heb.
  • Otis, George H. The Second Wisconsin Infantry. (Dayton, Ohio : Morningside House, 1984), FHL book 977.5 M2o.

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)