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29th Michigan Infantry
in the American Civil War
|Twenty-ninth Michigan Infantry. — Col., Thomas Saylor;
Lieut. -Col., E. Frank Eddy; Maj., Alphens M. Beebe. This regiment was
organized at Saginaw, and was mustered in Oct. 3, 1864. It left the
state Oct. 6, reported at Nashville and was ordered to Decatur, Ala.
Reaching there on the 26th, it was at once placed behind breastworks,
from which the right wing was moved to the front to occupy the line of
rifle-pits on the left. The other wing was ordered out, 100 men being
sent to Fort No. 1. The regiment performed most effective work, in this,
their first battle, an assault of 5,000 on a force of less than half
that number being repulsed. It garrisoned at Decatur until Nov. 24, then
proceeded to Murfreesboro, and formed part of the force at that point
during the demonstration of the enemy. It was engaged at Overall's
creek, and was attacked by a superior force at Winsted Church while
escorting a railroad train, but it gave vigorous battle and repulsed the
enemy with some loss. It relaid the track under fire, saved the train
and took it into Murfreesboro by hand, the engine having been disabled
by a shell. It was next engaged on the Shelbyville pike, defending a
forage train against two brigades of cavalry, and was also engaged at
Nolensville. It was on railroad guard duty from Dec. 27, 1864, until
July, 1865, and was then employed in garrison duty at Murfreesboro until
Sept. 5. It was mustered out Sept. 6, 1865. Its original strength was
856: gain by recruits, 614; total 1,470. Loss by death, 71.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3
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