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28th Michigan Infantry
in the American Civil War
|Twenty-eighth Michigan Infantry. — Col., William W.
Wheeler; Lieut. -Col., George T. Shaffer; Maj., Morris J. Frink. This
regiment was organized at Kalamazoo and was mustered in Oct. 26, 1864.
It left the state Oct. 26, reached Louisville on the 29th, and was
ordered to Camp Nelson to act as guard for a wagon train from that point
to Nashville, reaching the latter place Dec. 5. It was then assigned to
a brigade under command of Gen. Miller, then in command of the post at
Nashville. Col. Wheeler, who had been commissioned from the 23d
infantry, assumed command on the 9th. The regiment was assigned to the
23d army corps and participated in the battle of Nashville in December,
gaining a reputation for valor at once. It embarked on Jan. 11, 1865,
for Eastport, Miss., but on reaching Paducah was ordered to Louisville,
from there to Annapolis, but en route was directed to proceed to
Alexandria, where it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 23d
corps. It took transports Feb. 19 for Morehead City, N. C, moving from
there to New Berne, which place was reached on the 25th. It joined Gen.
Cox's forces near Wilmington, was engaged at Wise's Forks, and in heavy
skirmishing that followed. In the enemy's charge in which the lines were
broken, the brigade of which the 28th formed a part, made a
counter-charge on the double-quick, driving the enemy back and capturing
over 300 prisoners. A heavy assault made later was repulsed after a 2
hours' fight, the 28th being among the first to reach the threatened
point. It then moved to Goldsboro for railroad guard duty, and after the
cessation of hostilities, was on duty at Goldsboro, Raleigh, Charlotte,
Lincolntown, Wilmington and New Berne. It was mustered out at Raleigh
June 5, 1865. Its original strength was 886: gain by recruits, 359;
total, 1,245. Loss by death, 128.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3
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