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1862 May 28: Difficult and Hazardous Service Performed by the 4th Wisconsin Infantry

May 29, 2012

This short article about the 4th Wisconsin Infantry, which includes the Hudson City Guards, appeared in the May 28, 1862, issue of The Hudson North Star.

THE FOURTH WISCONSIN REGIMENT. — We perceive that Maj. Gen. Butler [Benjamin F. Butler] in his report to the Secretary of War makes honorable mention of a portion of the Wisconsin 4th, and part of an Indiana regiment, together with the 26th Massachusetts, as having rendered special valuable service in getting into the rear of Fort St. Phillip [sic], and cutting off all communication between the fort and New Orleans.  To do this, the officers and men had to wade in water waist deep and draw thirty row boats loaded with arms and ammunition, a mile and a half through “Mumeet’s Canal” against a current which Gen. Butler says “ran like a mill race.”  This was done after they had rowed the boats five miles, and marched seven under a broiling sun.

We are assured from a reliable source that two hundred men were detailed from the Wisconsin 4th by Col. Paine [Halbert E. Paine], for this difficult and hazardous service and placed under the command of Maj. Boardman [Frederick A. Boardman], and that the expedition was conducted in a manner that elicited high praise for both the men of the 4th and their commander.  The major, says a reliable correspondent, showed he was as much at home in handling an oar, or in managing a fleet of boats, as he was in the use of the sword, or in commanding a battallion [sic], and his conduct elicited marked praise.  The many friends of Maj. Boardman, both in this city and at La Crosse, where he claims his residence, will be pleased to learn that their confidence in his soldierly qualities has not been misplaced. — Patriot.

— The Hudson City Guards [Company G] and Jefferson County Guards [Company E] comprised the force mentioned above, from the 4th Regiment.

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