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in the American Civil War
|Sturgis Rifles. — Capt., James Steel; First Lieut.,
Nathaniel E. Sheldon; Second Lieut., Marcus P. Foster. This was a
separate company organized at Chicago, armed, equipped and subsisted for
nearly two months by the patriotic generosity of Solomon Sturgis. It was
organized in April, 1861, and was mustered into service May 6. It was
armed by its patron with Sharpe's rifles. About the middle of June it
was ordered to West Virginia to serve as a body guard to Gen. McClellan.
It participated in the battle of Rich mountain and marched with Gen.
McClellan to Washington, where he went to assume command of the armies.
It accompanied the general on the march upon Yorktown and during the
siege of that place, thence into the Seven Days' battles of the
Chickahominy. A few of the company were in the battle of Antietam. The
company left the army at Falmouth and on Nov. 25, 1862, was mustered out
of service at Washington.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3