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Regiment History: Twenty-second Infantry, WISCONSIN


Twenty-second Infantry. -- Cols., William L. Utley, Edward Bloodgood; Lieut.-Col., Edward Bloodgood; Majs., Edward D. Murray Charles W. Smith.

This regiment was organized at Camp Utley, Racine and was mustered in Sept. 2, 1862. It left the state Sept. 16 for Cincinnati to aid in defending the city against a threatened attack.

On the 31st it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, Army of Kentucky, and for a time performed guard duty at Nicholasville. It was then sent to Danville, where it was occupied in scouring the country in pursuit of the enemy until Jan. 26, 1863, when it started for Franklin, Tenn.

On March 4 part of the regiment under Col. Utley joined a large foraging expedition to Spring Hill and during the march participated in two lively skirmishes. On March 25 about 300 men of different regiments under Lieut.-Col. Bloodgood, while guarding the railroad at Brentwood, were surprised, captured and sent to Richmond but were soon exchanged.

The regiment then moved to Nashville and in April to Lookout Valley, near Chattanooga. It left Lookout Valley on May 3, 1864, to take part in Sherman's Atlanta campaign.

It had a conspicuous part in the battle of Resaca, this being the regiment's first real battle. Its loss was 11 killed and 64 wounded. It participated in the actions about Dallas and was engaged in three smart skirmishes during the siege of Kennesaw Mountain. For its unflinching bravery in the battle of Peachtree Creek, the regiment was highly praised by Gen. Hooker.

It shared in the movements of the 20th corps during the siege of Atlanta and encamped in that city Sept. 2. It remained on garrison at Atlanta, occasionally engaging in foraging expeditions, until Jan. 2, 1865, when it joined the general movement north to Richmond, participating in the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville.

It was in the grand review at Washington and was mustered out June 12, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 1,009. Gain by recruits 143; substitutes 130; draft, 223. Loss by death, 226; desertion, 46; transfer, 31; discharge, 196; mustered out, 1,006.

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