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24th Michigan Infantry
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
Twenty-fourth Michigan Infantry. Col., Henry A. Morrow; Lieut. -Cols., Mark Flanigan, William D. Wight, Albert M. Edwards; Majs., Henry W. Nall, Edwin B. Wight, William Hutchinson. This regiment was organized at Detroit, was recruited mostly in Wayne county, and was mustered into service Aug. 15, 1862. It left Detroit Aug. 29 to join the Army of the Potomac, and arrived in Washington, D. C, Sept. 2. It occupied a number of different camps, made many long marches during September, October and November, and formed a part of the 1st brigade, 1st division, 1st corps. It crossed the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg Dec. 12, and during the 13th and 14th supported a battery, being constantly under fire of the enemy's guns and losing heavily in killed and wounded. At Port Royal the regiment made a brilliant attack, capturing a number of prisoners and driving the enemy from the place. The 24th again crossed the Rappahannock on April 29 and drove the enemy from his works, capturing a number of prisoners with considerable loss to the regiment in killed and wounded. It entered upon the Pennsylvania campaign and during the first day of the battle of Gettysburg lost 22 officers killed or wounded, 71 enlisted men killed and 223 wounded, a total loss of 316. The regiment marched from the battle-field in pursuit of the retreating Confederates, crossed the Potomac and reached the Rappahannock Aug. 1. During the summer and fall it made a number of long marches, occupied important positions, and came in contact with the enemy at Mine run, where it distinguished itself by driving him into his works and capturing a number of prisoners. It went into winter quarters at Culpeper until May 3, 1864, when it crossed the Rapidan and took part in the desperate struggle of the Wilderness. In its engagements with the enemy in the wilds of the Wilderness it captured the colors of the 48th Va. infantry, together with a large number of prisoners, but at a cost of 18 killed, 46 wounded and 42 missing. From the Wilderness the regiment marched to Spottsylvania, where it was constantly under fire until May 21, losing 11 killed and 39 wounded. In crossing the North Anna the regiment was attacked, but repulsed the enemy with a loss to the 24th of 3 killed, 8 wounded and 5 missing. In the advance upon Cold Harbor it met with considerable loss, and after crossing the James river made a successful assault upon the enemy at Petersburg, taking into action 120 men and losing 38 in killed and wounded. The regiment participated in the siege of Petersburg, meeting with considerable loss from the enemy's artillery and sharpshooters. On Oct. 27 it was engaged in the battle of Hatcher's run and took part in several expeditions around Petersburg, and though reduced in number by constant losses, still fought with spirit and vigor. Its last serious engagement was at Dabney's mill in Feb., 1865, soon after which it was ordered to Baltimore, Md., for special duty, and from that city it was sent to Springfield, Ill., where it did garrison duty at a camp rendezvous. While there it served as escort at the funeral of President Lincoln. On June 19 it left Springfield for Detroit, Mich., where it was mustered out and disbanded June 30, 1865. The 24th had borne on its rolls 2,054 officers and men, and its loss was 313, as follows: 12 officers and 118 men killed in action, 1 officer and 38 men died of wounds, and 2 officers and 142 men of disease.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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