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1864 August 27: The 7th Wisconsin Infantry at the Battles of North Anna and the Crater

August 29, 2014

The following column is from the August 27, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.  Company G of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry had many 1864 recruits from northwest Wisconsin.

OUR ARMY CORRESPONDENCE.

From the 7th Regiment—Its deeds and losses in the present campaign.

Correspondence of the State Journal.

HEADQUARTERS 7TH REG. WIS. VET. VOL’S }
Camp near Petersburg, Va., }
August 10th, 1864. }

EDITORS STATE JOURNAL :—I have seen statements from the different Wisconsin regiments in the field of their losses in the spring campaign of 1864, in the State Journal.  I herewith send you a list of the losses of the 7th regiment, from the 5th of May, 1864, to the 31st day of July, 1864, taken from the official report just made which I should like to have published [in] your paper, as it may be of future use to the members of the regiment and also their friends.  I could have given you the name and date of each one killed or wounded, but it would have been asking too much of you to publish 400 names.  We do not feel ashamed of our record as a regiment, and are willing to let our light shine, because our deeds were not evil.  The 7th does not boast of what it has done or can do, but moved quietly along.

There are two circumstances in this campaign which, perhaps, you have not heard of our being connected with.  One was the long pull over Laurel Hill, on the 12th of May, where the 7th stood for nine hours with other regiments and kept up a continual fire over the brow of the hill until oak trees 21 inches in diameter were cut off with rifle balls, and fell into the rebel rifle-pits.  The regiment stood in mud half knee deep where the dead lay half covered in the mud.

On the 30th of July the 7th was again in for a long pull, as the regiment was to the front works when the fort was blown up and had orders to open fire as soon as the fort went up, which was done and kept up during the greater part of the day.  There is one more circumstance of bravery which I wish to mention ;  that of private Melvin M. Starkweather¹ of my Company.  He was wounded on the 6th of May in the Wilderness, and was absent for a few days, then came back and was wounded in the leg on the 12th of May, he left again for a few days and returned and was mortally wounded May 23d, and died May 24th.

Yours very respectfully
.         .Capt. A. W. BEAN,²
.               .Co. D, 7th Reg. W. V. V.

Losses in the
Seventh Regiment
Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry
from May 5th, 1864, to July 31st, 1864.
..

CASUALTIES TO OFFICERS.

Killed Sev. Woun’d Slight. Total Died
Staff & Field  — 2 3 5 1
Co. A . . . . . . 1 1  — 2  —
Co. B . . . . . .  — 2  — 2  —
Co. C. . . . . . 1 1  — 2  —
Co. E . . . . . .  — 1  —  —
Co. F . . . . . .  — 1 2 3  —
Co. G. . . . . . 1 1  —  —
Co. H. . . . . . 1  — 1 2  —
Co. I . . . . . . 1  —  — 1  —
Co. K . . . . . .     .  1_  1_
  2     .
5 9  8 22 1
.

CASUALTIES TO ENLISTED MEN.

Killed Sev
woun’d
Slig’t Miss’g To’l Died Agg’ts
N. C. S.  . . . . 1  —  — 1  — 1
Co. A . . . . . . 11 22 19 12 64 3 67
Co. B . . . . . . 6 18 5 3 32 2 34
Co. C . . . . . .  — 5 18 9 37 2 39
Co. D . . . . . .  — 16 12  — 28 5 28
Co. E . . . . . . 8 18 5 3 34 6 35
Co. F . . . . . . 5 21 24 2 52 1 55
Co. G . . . . . . 5 15 10 2 32 7 38
Co. H . . . . . . 9 12 12 4 37 4 39
Co. I  . . . . . . 7 14 12 5 38 1 39
Co. K . . . . . . 1 13 8 1 23 3 25
52 155 125 41 378 34
400
 .

Number of men equipped for duty on the morning of May 5th, 1864 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  474
Number of absentees joining the regiment between the 5th of May and 31st of July . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 521

Number of men for duty on the 31st of July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Number of Officers for duty in the field from May 5th to July 31st, 1864 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

There has been one officer wounded the third time and eleven men wounded the second time during the campaign.

The following are the names of the different battles which the regiment has been engaged during this campaign :

Wilderness, Va., May 5th and 6th.
Laurel Hill, Va., May 8th, 10th and 12th.
Jericho Ford, Va., May 23d.
North Anna River, Va., May 25th.
Bethsaida Church, Va., June 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th.
Petersburg, June 18th and July 30th.

1.  Melvin M. Starkweather (1841-1864) enlisted August 10, 1861, in Company D, 7th Wisconsin Infantry. He was detached to Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Artillery from April 25 to December 1862. He was wounded at North Anna and died May 24, 1864, from those wounds. The other wounds mention in this article are not in the printed roster.
2.  Alexander W. Bean, from McFarland, enlisted August 10, 1861, in Company D, 7th Wisconsin Infantry. He started as the 4th sergeant, then Quartermaster sergeant June 1862, 2nd lieutenant in October 1862, was wounded at Gettysburg, and was promoted to captain of the company February 9, 1863. He mustered out September 30, 1864, when his term expired.

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