Missouri 15th Volunteer Infantry (Union)

    01 Aug 1861

    Missouri 15th Volunteer Infantry organized at Missouri.

    06 Mar 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Pea Ridge at Leetown, AR.

    The Battle of Pea Ridge
    The Battle of Pea Ridge

    By the spring of 1862, Union forces had pushed Confederates south and west through Missouri into northwestern Arkansas. On the night of March 6, 1862, Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn and his 16,000-man Army of the West set out to counterattack the Union position near Pea Ridge. Hoping to move quickly, in a fateful decision, Van Dorn ordered the supply trains far to the rear. Learning of Van Dorn's approach, some 10,000 Federals in Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis's Army of the Southwest marched to meet the… Read More

    29 Apr 1862

    Participated in the Siege of Corinth at Corinth, MS.

    The Siege of Corinth
    The Siege of Corinth

    Union forces had captured the railroad junction and important transportation center at Corinth, Mississippi in the spring of 1862 after their victory at Shiloh. After the Battle of Iuka in September, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Confederate Army of the West marched to Ripley, Mississippi where it joined Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn's Army of West Tennessee. Van Dorn took command of the combined force numbering about 22,000 men. The Rebels marched southeast toward Corinth, hoping to recapture it and then sweep int… Read More

    08 Oct 1862

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Laiboldt, and undefined k-22 w-102 m-1 = 125.

    08 Oct 1862

    Assigned to the Division led by undefined 12 guns k-51 w-288 m-14 = 353, Brigadier General Philip Henry Sheridan, undefined Company L 2nd Kentucky Cavalry:, and undefined Escort:.

    08 Oct 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Perryville at Perryville, Kentucky.

    The Battle of Perryville
    The Battle of Perryville

    On October 7, 1862, Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, in pursuit of Gen Braxton Bragg's Army of Mississippi, approached the crossroads town of Perryville, Kentucky. Union forces skirmished with Confederates on the Springfield Pike before heavy fighting began on Peters Hill. The next day, fighting continued as a Union division advanced up the pike. After noon, a Confederate division struck the Union left flank and forced it to fall back. When more Confederates joined the fray, the Union line ma… Read More

    31 Dec 1862

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Frederick Schaefer, and Lieutenant Colonel Benard Laiboldt.

    Colonel Frederick Schaefer

    Lieutenant Colonel Benard Laiboldt

    31 Dec 1862

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Philip Sheridan.

    Brigadier General Philip Sheridan

    31 Dec 1862

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Frederick Schaefer.

    31 Dec 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, TN.

    The Battle of Stones River
    The Battle of Stones River

    After his October 1862 defeat at Perryville in Kentucky, Gen. Braxton Bragg withdrew his army into middle Tennessee and resupplied his men near Murfreesboro. Read More

    19 Sep 1863

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Bernard Laiboldt.

    19 Sep 1863

    Assigned to the Division led by Major General Philip Sheridan.

    Major General Philip Sheridan

    19 Sep 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Chickamauga at Catoosa County, Georgia; Walker County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Chickamauga
    The Battle of Chickamauga

    After the successful Tullahoma Campaign, Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans continued the Union offensive, aiming to force Gen. Braxton Bragg's Confederate army out of Chattanooga. Through a series of skillful marches towards the Confederate-held city, Rosecrans forced Bragg out of Chattanooga and into Georgia. Determined to reoccupy the city, Bragg followed the Federals north, brushing with Rosecrans' army at Davis' Cross Roads. While they marched on September 18th, his cavalry and infantry skirmished with Un… Read More

    25 Nov 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Missionary Ridge
    The Battle of Missionary Ridge

    From the last days of September through October 1863, Gen. Braxton Bragg's army laid siege to the Union army under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans at Chattanooga, cutting off its supplies. On October 17, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant received command of the Western armies; he moved to reinforce Chattanooga and replaced Rosecrans with Maj. Gen. George Thomas. A new supply line was soon established. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman arrived with his four divisions in mid-November, and the Federals began offensive operat… Read More

    13 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Resaca at Gordon County, Georgia; Whitfield County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Resaca
    The Battle of Resaca

    Following his withdrawal from Rocky Face Ridge, the first battle in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's campaign against Atlanta, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston established a four-mile defensive position protecting the Western & Atlantic Railroad west and north of Resaca, where the railroad crossed the Oostanaula River. On May 13th, Sherman tested the Rebel lines, sending forward divisions to skirmish with the Confederates, with little substantive result. On the 14th, the fighting erupted into a full-… Read More

    27 Jun 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain at Cobb County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
    The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

    Fearing envelopment northwest of Atlanta, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army to a new defensive position astride Kennesaw Mountain near Marietta. Johnston selected this position in order to protect the Western & Atlantic Railroad, his supply link to Atlanta. Prior to taking up this new line on June 19th, Johnston had pioneers working through the night digging trenches and erecting fortifications, turning Kennesaw into a formidable earthen fortress. Having defeated Lieut. Gen. John… Read More

    20 Jul 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Nathan Kimball.

    Brigadier General Nathan Kimball

    20 Jul 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General John Newton.

    Brigadier General John Newton

    20 Jul 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Peachtree Creek at Fulton County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Peachtree Creek
    The Battle of Peachtree Creek

    Weary of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's pattern of retreat through northwest Georgia in the face of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advancing armies, President Jefferson Davis removed him from command of the Army of Tennessee, replacing him with Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood. On July 20th, Hood determined to take the fight to the enemy by setting upon an isolated portion of Sherman's forces in front of Atlanta. Hood's target would be the Union corps of Maj. Gens. Oliver O. Howard and Joseph Hooker from Maj. Gen. Geo… Read More

    22 Jul 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Atlanta at Fulton County, Georgia; DeKalb County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Atlanta
    The Battle of Atlanta

    Despite the defeat at Peach Tree Creek, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood still had hopes of driving Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Yankees from the outskirts of Atlanta with an offensive blow. On the night of July 21, 1864, Hood ordered Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee's corps to make 15-mile night march and assault the Union left flank east of the city, held by Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson's Army of the Tennessee. Joining the attack with Hardee would be the corps of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Cheatham. Hood attac… Read More

    31 Aug 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Jonesborough at Clayton County, Georgia.

    The Battle of Jonesborough
    The Battle of Jonesborough

    By late August 1865, the city of Atlanta was not yet subdued by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's armies. A few supply lines remained open to the city supporting the army of Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood encircled there. Union cavalry raids inflicted only superficial damage, quickly repaired by the Confederates. Sherman determined that if he could destroy the Macon & Western and Atlanta & West Point Railroads to the south the Rebel army would be forced to evacuate the city. On August 25, Union infantry beg… Read More

    29 Nov 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Spring Hill at Maury County, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Spring Hill
    The Battle of Spring Hill

    On the night of November 28, 1864, Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee marched toward Spring Hill to get astride Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield's Union army's supply line. Hood was pursuing Schofield as the Yankees withdrew north from Columbia towards Nashville. Cavalry skirmishing between Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson's Union cavalry and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate troopers continued throughout the day as the Confederates advanced. On November 29th, Hood's infantry crossed the Duck… Read More

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Joseph Conrad.

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General George D. Wagner.

    Brigadier General George D. Wagner

    30 Nov 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Franklin (1864) at Franklin, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Franklin (1864)
    The Battle of Franklin (1864)

    After allowing Maj. Gen. John Schofield's Army of the Ohio to pass him near Spring Hill, Tennessee, the previous morning, Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000-man Army of Tennessee to the outskirts of Franklin on November 30th. Schofield's army had constructed a strong defensive line south of the town. Hood took a position two miles south of Schofield, with open, rolling farm land between them, and prepared to attack. At 4:00 p.m., over 20,000 Confederates moved forward east and west of the Columbia Pike… Read More

    15 Dec 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Washington Lafayette Elliott.

    15 Dec 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Nashville at Nashville, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Nashville
    The Battle of Nashville

    Despite a series of defeats in the closing days of November, 1864, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood continued to drag his bloodied Army of Tennessee, approximately 30,000 strong, north towards Nashville. The city was protected by 55,000 Union soldiers, which should have precluded further offensive operations, but Hood was determined and his situation was dire. Hood reached Nashville on December 2nd and staked out a position south of the city, hoping to draw the Union forces into a costly attack. Ulys… Read More

    25 Dec 1865

    Missouri 15th Volunteer Infantry mustered out at Missouri.