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Sturgis Rifles
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
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

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