Saturday, 21 June 2014 18:20 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
The army correspondent of the New York Herald writing on the 10th inst. says: In nearly every recent letter I have been compelled to chronicle the departure of some regiment whose terms of service has expired.
The Second Wisconsin leaves tomorrow morning.
Major Oris is in command of this regiment. It goes away with one hundred and twenty-eight enlisted men and fifteen officers, including two surgeons.
This regiment has been in fourteen battles and has lost seven hundred and ninety-three killed and wounded. Only sixteen names appear on the rolls as discharged for disability and deserters. Very few regiments can show a better record than this. It was to Lieutenant Dailey, of this regiment that General Archer, captured at Gettysburg, surrendered his sword. In the present campaign, out of two hundred and forty-three, the regiment lost one hundred and three. The following order from Brigadier General Cutler commanding the division to which the regiment belonged shows his estimation of the regiment:-
Headquarters, Fourth Division, Fifth Army Corps, June 10, 1864
The Second Wisconsin Volunteers, having served their full term of three years in this army, and being about to leave for their homes, the General Commanding deems it proper for himself, and in behalf of those of their, comrades who remain behind to address the officers and men of that command a few parting words.
Three years ago you entered the service more than a thousand strong. You now leave with one hundered and thirty-three, all told. Where are they? O'Connor, Stevens, Colwell, Randolph and many others-both officers and men-are mustered with the hosts on high.
Others are disabled for life. Others still are in rebel prisons. Among all these things you have always been true to your flag and your country. You have never failed in any duty required of you. you have a right to be proud of your record. The State has reason to be proud of you. You leave with the best wishes of all your comrades and to that, I wish to add my most cordial desire for your future honor and prosperity, collectively and individually.
Saturday, 21 June 2014 18:01 | Written by Edited by James Johnson
Twenty three members of the First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery who left Washington on Monday last arrived here last night. They formerly belonged to Company K, of the 2d Regiment they were transferred soon after the battle of Bull Run to artillery service and assigned to garrison duty on Alington heights.
Their time has expired, and they were to be mustered out of service this afternoon. Through their organization has been engaged in no battles, it has rendered efficient service in securing the safety of Washington. (Editors note: as members of Co. K of the 2d Wis. they were in the first battle of Bull Run)
Saturday, 21 June 2014 17:47 | Written by Edited James Johnson
Gen. Fairchild Remarks June 18th, 1864, Madison, Wisconsin, The welcome home program at the capital. (Fairchild lost his left arm at Gettysburg commanding the Second Wisconsin)
At the conclusion of the Governor's remarks, the regiment loudly called for Gen. Fairchild who took the speaker's stand, in the midst of enthusiustic cheers and said:
"Comrades of the Old Second:"
"When I rode at your head to day for the last time as a volunteer aid to Major Otis, I tried to think that I was once more an honest Colonel in the army. (Laughter and cheers) We have been through many tough experiences together; we have been through many long marches many dangers and many hardships; we have seen many of our brethren fall by our sides in battle; but I have never seen you flinch or known you to be discouraged.And I have always thanked God that it was my fortune to be honored with the command of such a regiment. (cheers)"
"The last time I spoke to you before this and boys you know I never talked to you very often was at Rocky Camp just after the battle of Antietam. Then there were but seventy of you able to report for duty. During the three preceding weeks four hundred of you number had fallen in battle. I told you then that I wanted you to so acquit yourselves that every parent who had a son every sister who had a brother and every sweet heart who had a lover in the old Second, would be proud to acknowiedge it, and that when you returned to your homes the whole people would welcome you as having done your entire duty. "
"Faithfully have you heeded those admonitions and now you have returned to receive that welcome. You are about to be mustered out of the service. You will soon go to your homes. You well be soldiers no longer, but citizens. Let me adjure you each one of you to remember that you have still the reputation of the old Second to maintain. Slow yourselves as true to your country when citizens as you have been when soldiers. Act so that you can hold your heads up. Never let the good name you have won as soldiers be tarnished by anything you may do as citizens. I know you will not. I know that your who have bought so well to sustain the Government in the field will at home by word and deed as citizens do all you can for its support and to cheer on and maintain our armies."
"Comrades, from the bottom of my heart I give you welcome." (Great Cheering.)
Saturday, 10 May 2014 23:36 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
The Journey to Huntsville, condition of the country- The Regiment in good condition- Going to join Sherman.
Camp of the 16th Regt. Wis. Vet. Inftry.
Huntsville, Ala., May 24, 1864.
Editors State Journal:-We arrived at Huntsville yesterday after marching from Clifton, Tenn., a distance of over one hundred and fifty miles, in eight days.
We left Clifton on the afternoon of the 15th, and marched seven miles when we bivouacked for the night on Hardin's Creek.-
In the morning at 6 o'clock, we started again and marched a distance of twenty miles through a fertile tract of county, abounding with splendid springs and brooks, and fine and well cultivated farms, and at night halted at Waynsboro.
In the morning we again took up our line of march passing through a well watered but poor and hilly country, covered with a growth of black oak and stunted pine, with come chestnuts. After marching some twenty miles we halted in a heavy timbered, low flat, amid a drenching rain storm, but managed to pass the night tolerably comfortably, and in the morning started on again feeling first rate, and after a hard march in a hot sun for a distance of twenty miles over a poor and broken country, arrived at Pulaski on the Nashville railroad, where we remained one day to rest.
On the morning of the 21st, at 4 o'clock, we left Pulaski, our regiment being detailed to drive about 2,000 head of cattle brought through from Clinton. Reaching Elk river, a rapid running stream about sixteen rods wide, with some difficulty we pushed the cattle through. Some of the boys manifested a dislike to fording the stream, when Col. Fairchild plunged, and with a cheer the boys followed him, all getting over safely excepting a negro cook belonging to Co. K whom the current carried off. Five miles more brought us to Elkmond where we bivouacked.
On the 22d a march of 20 miles brought us to camp three miles beyond Lawrenceburg, and an equal march on the 23d landed us at Huntsville, not feeling much fatigued after our long march, the boys seeming to enjoy it.
The country within thirty miles of Huntsville is very fine, and large fields of wheat, corn, rye and cotten are abundant. The people seem to be in comfortable circumstances, claiming that they are not rebels, but Southerners, who sympathize with their losing brethren. all the able-bodied men are in the army-some in our army and some in the rebel army.
The weather is warm here at present, but the boy's stand the heat first rate and are healthy and in tip-top condition at present. Some of the recruits are troubled some with that scourge to a new comer in this climate diarrhwa but Surgeon Turner seems to be very successful in their treatment.
Our regiment received the praise of Gen. Force for keeping better closed up, having less strugglers, and marching better than any other regiment in the command.
Col. Fairchild is very careful of his men, especially when marching, giving them frequent halts, and seeing that no man is obliged to march who is unable to do so, thereby having no men straggling in the rear.
We are brigaded with the 38th Ohio, whose Colonel, McCook, commands the brigade.-
He tendered the command to Col. Fairchild, but the latter declined under the circumstances. The Colonel is worthy to command a brigade, and no doubt will soon be in command of one, for his abililty is considered second to none in the corps.
Gen. Frank Blair is now with us, having assumed command of the corps. We expect to start for Gen. Sherman's army to-morrow. Our transportation is reduced to two teams to a regiment, officers being allowed nothing but a satchel and having to carry their blankets and rations, no cooking utensils even being allowed to be carried. We are now in light marching order and in working condition, and expect ro do something soon.
Saturday, 10 May 2014 23:26 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
The Iron Brigade was engaged in the sharp affair which occurred at the crossing of the North Anna River on Monday, the 23d ult. The New York Herald publishes the following list of the wounded:
D. Moriarty, 7th; M. Bennett, G, 7th; S. C. Waterman, I, 7th; Silas Ware, I, 7th; S. J. Longin, K, 6th; J. Heidorf, F, 6th; A. Hughes, B, 7th; Isaac Adams, C, 6th; D.C. Smith, H, 7th; J.R. Wilson, A, 7th; O. Wieman, C, 6th; G.W. Miller, D, 6th; Jacob Miller, F, 6th; Corp. E. Wallace, C, 7th; A. Mahoney, K, 7th; Jas. Grant, H, 7th; W. Caloun, C, 7th; Corp. J. W. Corpell, K, 7th; C.G. Culpenna, K, 6th; Sergt, A. Dyer, B, 7th.