11th Connecticut Infantry

 

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Near Burnside Bridge

11th Conn. V.I.

2nd Brigade
3rd Division
9th Corps

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Col. W. Kingsbury   George H. Heflin, Co. G
Capt. J.D. Griswold, Co. A   William H. Hitchcock, Co. G
Christian Steinmetz, Co. C   Corp. David M. Ford, Co. H
William Halbeass, Co. C   Corp. John C. Holwell, Co. H
1st Sergt. Hiram C. Roberts, Co. E   Asa W. Rouse, Co. H
Corp. Theodore S. Bates, Co. E   John H. Walker, Co. H
Benjamin J. Beach, Co. E   James Morgan, Co. I
William F. Coggswell, Co. E   John Murray, Co. I
Theodore Parrett, Co. E   Albert Todd, Co. I
George L. Wilson, Co. E   1st, Sergt. George E. Bailey, Co. K
Clinton Fessington, Co. F   Henry W. Davis, Co. K
David Tarboc, Co. F   William H. Houghton, Co. K
Fennimore Weeks, Co. F   William Lane, Co. K
Frank Chaffee, Co. G    

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Organized at Hartford October 24 to November 14, 1861. Left State for Annapolis, Md., December 16, and duty there until January 6, 1862. Attached to Williams' Brigade, Burnside's Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Va., to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Getty's Division, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. of Va. and N. C., to October, 1863. United States forces, Yorktown, Va., Dept. Va. and N. C., to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. Va. and N. C., to October, 1864. Provisional Division, Army of the James, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps, Dept. of Va., to July, 1865. 1st Independent Brigade, 24th Army Corps to August, 1865. Dept. of Virginia to December, 1865.

SERVICE.--Burnside's expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island, N. C., January 7-February 8, 1862. Battle of Roanoke Island February 8. At Roanoke Island until March 11. Moved to Newberne March 11-13. Battle of Newberne March 14. Duty at Newberne until July. Moved to Morehead City July 2, thence to Newport News, Va., July 3-5. Duty there until August 1. Moved to Fredericksburg August 1-6, and duty there until August 31. Moved to Brooks' Station, thence to Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3. Maryland Campaign September-October. Battle of South Mountain September 14. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Pleasant Valley, Md., until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 27-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863. Moved to Newport News, Va., February 6-9, thence to Suffolk March 13. Siege of Suffolk April 12-May 4. Edenton Road April 24. Providence Church Road and Nansemond River May 3. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Reconnaissance to the Chickahominy June 9-16. Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 7. Expedition from White House to South Anna River July 1-7. Moved to Portsmouth, Va., and duty there until October. Moved to Gloucester Point October 1 and duty there until April, 1864. Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Occupation of Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 5. Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station, May 7. Swift Creek or Arrow field Church May 9-10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Battle of Drewry's Bluff May 12-16. On Bermuda Hundred front May 17-27. Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor May 27-31. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine explosion Petersburg July 30, 1864 (Reserve). On Bermuda Hundred front August 25 to December, and on north side of the James before Richmond until April, 1865. Occupation of Richmond April 3. Duty at Richmond and Lynchburg, Va., until December. Mustered out December 21, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 140 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 176 Enlisted men by disease. Total 325.

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The Eleventh Regiment Conn. Volunteers was recruited at Camp Lincoln, Hartford, and left that place for Annapolis, December 16th, 1861, under the command of Col. Thomas H. C. Kingsbury. It was assigned to Gen. Burnside s Division, making the third Connecticut regiment furnished to that Division, and was called into battle at Newbern, N. C., March 14th, 1862, with a loss in killed of one commissioned officer and five enlisted men; wounded not reported.

The regiment was attached to the Army of the Potomac in July, 1862, and participated in the battle of South Mountain, Md., Sept. 14th, 1862. Upon the resignation of Col. Thomas H. C. Kingsbury, March 26th, 1862, Lieut. Henry W. Kingsbury, of the U. S. Army, was appointed to the command.

On the 17th of September, 1862, the regiment took an active part in the battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam), Md., and sustained a total loss of one hundred and eighty-one (181) killed, wounded and missing. Among the killed was Col. Kingsbury, and among the wounded were Lieut. Col. Stedman and Major Moegling, both seriously. Col. Kingsbury was a brave officer, and died while fighting nobly, regretted by all who had enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance.

Lt.-Col. Stedman succeeded to the command of the regiment, and with his command proceeded to Fredericksburg, Va., on the 12th of December, 1862, and being stationed on the picket line, were not actively engaged in the battle of the 13th, although it met with a loss of ten men missing and one wounded.

During the year of 1863, the regiment remained in the Department of Virginia, but participated in no important engagements.

At the siege of Suffolk, from the 11th of April until the 3d of May, it was on constant and active duty in the defense of that place ; on the 24th of April it took part in the reconnoissance under command of Brigadier General Corcoran, and sustained a loss of one man killed and one wounded. On the 4th of May following it was again engaged in reconnoissance, and sustained a loss of four, among the number, one commissioned officer.

Early in March, 1864, the regiment returned from veteran furlough to Portsmouth, marched to Williamsburg and encamped, and constituted at that time the force nearest Richmond on the Peninsula. Here large additions were made to its ranks, and the regiment numbered eight hundred and eighty-two (882) enlisted men present. On the 9th of May it was engaged in the battle of Swift s Creek. Advancing again to the Petersburg and Richmond pike, on the 12th, it fought its way in line of battle on the right of the road, past the Half-way House, and participated in the battle of Drury s Bluff, May 16th, when under a flank fire it fell back with great loss from a position well nigh fortified with rebel dead. The battle was followed by the regiment being detailed for the building of earthworks at the Bermuda Hundred front.

On the 2Sth of May it proceeded to City Point, and thence by transports to White House, and upon its arrival on the night of the 30th, marched to New Castle. June 1st, the 18th Corps joined the Army of the Potomac, and began fighting at Cold Harbor, Va., the same evening, and on the 3d of June the regiment was engaged in the charge at Cold Harbor, and sustained a total loss of ninety-one (91) officers and men. Among the killed was Major Converse, who was at the time acting Asst. Inspector General on the staff of Gen. Martindale. Capt. Allen was severely wounded, and died on the 6th of July, at Washington. Adjutant Barnum, who was wounded in the same charge, died in Washington, June l0th. On the 5th of August, Col. Stedman s brigade was called to the front line, and although long unwell from continued exposure in the field, the Colonel was in command. lie was struck by a random shot in the side, which proved to be mortal, and on the following morning, at 7 o clock, that most heroic, gallant and patriotic officer died. Col. Stedman was honored, loved and respected in life, and sincerely mourned in death.

The regiment continued in active service in front of Petersburg, Va., from June 15th, 1864, to August 27th, 1864, and reported a total loss of eighty-five (85) officers and men. From that time until its final muster-out, December 21st, 1865, it continued to serve in the Department of Virginia.

The whole number of men credited to this regiment during its term of service was nearly two thousand four hundred (2400).

The following will show some of its chief ENGAGEMENTS.

Newbern, N. C., March 14, 1862. Loss in killed, 1 commissioned officer, 5 enlisted men; wounded, not reported. South Mountain, Md., September 14th, 1862.
Antietam, Md., September 17th, 1862. Loss in killed, 2 commissioned officers, 36 enlisted men; wounded, 2 commissioned officers, 95 enlisted men; missing, 46. Total loss, 181.
Fredericksburg, Va., December 12th to 15th, 1862. Loss in wounded, 1 enlisted man; missing, 10 enlisted men. Total loss, 11.
Suffolk,Va., April 24th, 1863. Loss in killed, 1 enlisted man ; wounded, 1 enlisted man. Total loss, 2.
Near Suffolk, Va.,
May 4th, 1863. Loss in wounded, 1 commissioned officer, 2 enlisted men ; missing, 1 enlisted man. Total loss, 4.
Swift's Greek, Va., May 9th, 1864.
Drury's Bluff, Va., May
16th, 1864. Loss in killed, wounded, and missing, nearly 200.
Cold Harbor, Va.. June 3d, 1864. Loss in killed, 1 field officer, 6 enlisted men; wounded, 5 commissioned officers, 72 enlisted men ; missing, 7 enlisted men. Total loss, 91.
Before Petersburg, Va., June 15th to August 27th, 1864. Loss in killed, 1 commissioned officer, 8 enlisted men; wounded, 5 commissioned officers, 71 enlisted men. Total loss, 85.

CASUALTIES.

Killed in action, - - - - - 85
Died of wounds, - - - 41
Died of disease, - - - 165
Discharged prior to muster-out of regiment, - 579

Total----820

Reference: Connecticut Volunteer Organizations, (Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery) in the Service of the United States 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, etc, etc, and Brief Summaries, Showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries. Prepared from records in the Adjutant-General's Office.

C. M. INGERSOL, Adjutant-general.
HARTFORD: Brown and Gross, 1869