Michigan 1st Volunteer Infantry (Union)

    21 Jul 1861

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Orlando B. Willcox.

    21 Jul 1861

    Assigned to the Division led by Colonel Samuel P. Heintzelman.

    21 Jul 1861

    Participated in the Battle of First Bull Run at Fairfax County, Virginia; Prince William County, Virginia.

    The Battle of First Bull Run
    The Battle of First Bull Run

    One of earliest battles of the Civil War, it introduced Americans to the idea that this would likely not be a short conflict and blood would be shed: Read More

    16 Sep 1861

    Michigan 1st Volunteer Infantry organized at Michigan.

    27 Jun 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Gaines' Mill at Hanover County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Gaines' Mill
    The Battle of Gaines' Mill

    Despite his victory over the Confederates at Beaver Dam Creek on June 26th, Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter's Fifth Corps abandoned its position early on June 27th and established a new defensive line along Boatswain's Creek, just north of the Chickahominy River. Read More

    01 Jul 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Malvern Hill at Henrico County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Malvern Hill
    The Battle of Malvern Hill

    On June 30th, the retreating Federal Army of the Potomac finally stopped at the James River at the end of seven days of fighting outside of Richmond. Read More

    28 Aug 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Second Bull Run at Prince William County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Second Bull Run
    The Battle of Second Bull Run

    After the early summer collapse of the Union Peninsula Campaign offensive to capture Richmond, Robert E. Lee sought to move his army north and threaten Washington DC before Union forces could regroup. Read More

    17 Sep 1862

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain Emory W. Belton.

    17 Sep 1862

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel James Barnes.

    Colonel James Barnes

    17 Sep 1862

    Assigned to the Division led by Major General George W. Morell.

    Major General George W. Morell

    17 Sep 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

    The Battle of Antietam
    The Battle of Antietam

    The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against General Robert E. Lee's forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17th, 1862. Read More

    13 Dec 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

    The Battle of Fredericksburg
    The Battle of Fredericksburg

    In early November, Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside took command of the Army of the Potomac, and made immediate plans to move the army once again toward Richmond. Read More

    30 Apr 1863

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Ira C. Abbott.

    30 Apr 1863

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General James Barnes.

    Brigadier General James Barnes

    30 Apr 1863

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Charles Griffin.

    Brigadier General Charles Griffin

    30 Apr 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Chancellorsville
    The Battle of Chancellorsville

    On April 27, 1863, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker launched a turning movement designed to pry Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia out of its lines at Fredericksburg. Read More

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Ira C. Abbott, and Lieutenant Colonel William A. Throop.

    Colonel Ira C. Abbott

    Lieutenant Colonel William A. Throop

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel William S. Tilton.

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General James Barnes.

    Brigadier General James Barnes

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Ira C. Abbott.

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel William A. Throop.

    Lieutenant Colonel William A. Throop

    01 Jul 1863

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General James Barnes.

    Brigadier General James Barnes

    01 Jul 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg

    In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

    05 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Wilderness at Spotslyvania County, Virginia; Orange County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Wilderness
    The Battle of Wilderness

    The first battle between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee erupted late in the morning of May 5, 1864, as Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's Union V Corps attacked Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike southwest of the old Chancellorsville battlefield. Although Federal infantry managed to break through at several points, the Confederate line held. Fighting shifted to the south as Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Third Corps engaged Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps and ele… Read More

    08 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
    The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

    Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House and preventing Robert E. Lee's army from retreating further. Lee's Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. Fighting began on May 8th, when the Union Fifth Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and the Sixth Corps under Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick engaged Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Anderson's First Corps at Laurel Hi… Read More

    31 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Cold Harbor at Hanover Co; near Mechanicsville, VA.

    The Battle of Cold Harbor
    The Battle of Cold Harbor

    After two days of inconclusive fighting along Totopotomoy Creek northeast of Richmond, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee turned their sights on the crossroads of Cold Harbor. Roads emanating through this critical junction led to Richmond as well as supply and reinforcement sources for the Union army. On May 31, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's cavalry captured Cold Harbor. The next day, Sheridan held the crossroads against a Confederate attack. With reinforcements from both armies arriving… Read More

    21 Jun 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road at Petersburg, Virginia.

    30 Sep 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Peebles' Farm at Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Peebles' Farm
    The Battle of Peebles' Farm

    In combination with Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler's offensive north of the James River at New Market Heights, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant extended his left flank to cut Confederate lines of communication southwest of Petersburg. Two divisions of the Ninth Corps under Maj. Gen. John G. Parke, two divisions of the Fifth Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, and Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg's cavalry division were assigned to the operation. On September 30th, the Federals departed Fort Wadsworth and marched via… Read More

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel George Lockley.

    Lieutenant Colonel George Lockley

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Brigade led by undefined Bvt BG Alfred L. Pearson, and undefined Bvt MG Joseph J. Bartlett.

    01 Apr 1865

    Assigned to the Division led by undefined 104th New York, undefined 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry :, undefined Bvt MG Charles Griffin, undefined Bvt MG Joseph J. Bartlett, and undefined Escort:.

    01 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Five Forks at Five Forks, Virginia.

    The Battle of Five Forks
    The Battle of Five Forks

    The Union victory along the White Oak Road on March 31st threatened to destabilize the entire Confederate line west of Petersburg. General Robert E. Lee ordered Maj. Gen. George Pickett with his infantry division and the cavalry divisions of Col. Thomas Munford, Maj. Gen. W.H.F. Lee, and Maj. Gen Thomas Rosser to hold the vital crossroads of Five Forks, along the White Oak Road five miles west of the previous fighting there. Pickett's defensive line was not well constructed, and much of his cavalry force w… Read More

    09 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Appomattox Court House at Appomattox Court House, VA.

    The Battle of Appomattox Court House
    The Battle of Appomattox Court House

    Between 26,000 and 28,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered and were paroled. Read More