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29th Michigan Infantry
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
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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