15th Regiment Infantry

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Organized at New Haven August 25, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 28. Attached to Casey's Provisional Brigade, Military District of Washington, to October, 1862. 1st Brigade, Casey's Division, Military District Washington to December, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Department of Virginia, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Getty's Division, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to January, 1864. District of the Albemarle, N. C., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to February, 1864. Defenses of Newberne, N. C., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, to January, 1865. Sub-district of Newberne, Dept. of North Carolina, to March, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Beaufort, N. C., Dept. North Carolina, March, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, District of Beaufort and District of Newberne, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until September 17, 1862. At Arlington Heights, Va., November 3. At Fairfax Seminary, Va., December 1. March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 1-6. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1865. 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, Nansemond River, May 3. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Reconnaissance to the Chickahominy June 9-17. 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 January, 1864. (Five companies moved to South Mills September 20, 1863.) Skirmish Harrellsville January 20, 1864 (Detachment). Moved to New Berne, N. C., January 21, 1864, thence to Plymouth, N. C., January 24. Expedition up Roanoke River January 29 (Detachment). Windsor January 30 (Detachment). Moved to New Berne February 3 and duty there March, 1865. Expedition to near Kinston June 20-23, 1864. Southwest Creek June 22. Battle of Wise's Forks March 8-10, 1865. Occupation of Kinston March 14. Provost duty at Kinston and at New Berne June. Mustered out June 27, 1865. Discharged at New Haven July 12, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 34 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 142 Enlisted men by disease. Total 185.

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The Fifteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was recruited at New Haven, Conn., during the month of August, 1862, and rendezvoused at that city. It left for Washington, D. C., under the command of Colonel Dexter R. Wright, August 28, 1862, and numbered one thousand and twenty-two (1,022) officers and men.

On the 17th of February, 1863, Colonel Wright resigned his position by reason of disability, and the command of the regiment devolved upon Lt. Col. Samuel Tolles. The first general engagement in which the regiment participated was at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862, with a total loss of ten (10).

On the 6th of April, 1863, Colonel Charles L. Upham was appointed to the command of this regiment, vice Wright, resigned.

During the month of April it was stationed at Suffolk, Va., as part of the force at that place during the siege by Longstreet, and was engaged in two reconnoissances during the siege. In the first, on the Edenton Road, April 24th, it acted as a support to the skirmishers, and sustained a loss of four (4) of its number. Again on the 3d of May following it was engaged with the enemy on Providence Church Road, and met with the loss of six (6) men in killed, wounded and missing.

The regiment was also included in the expedition of General Dix up the Peninsula in July, and performed some extremely arduous marches.

It was engaged during the greater part of the fall and winter in working upon the fortifications near Norfolk, Va.

On the 24th of January, 1864, it left Portsmouth, Va., for Plymouth, N. C. While there, three companies under command of Major Osborn, with a detachment of the 16th Conn. Vols., and a few other troops, were sent on a night expedition to the neighborhood of Colraine, N. C., where they succeeded in destroying a large amount of commissary stores belonging to the enemy.

Another force, sent out under command of Lieut. Colonel Tolles, attacked the camp of a detachment of the 62d Georgia Cavalry, capturing and destroying their camp equipage, stores, etc.

At the time of the demonstration of the enemy upon Newbern, the regiment was ordered to that place.

A summary of the operations of the regiment from that time until its muster-out is contained in the following report from Colonel Upham :

                                                  WEST MERIDEN, CONN., Jan. 6, 1866.

BRIGADIER GENERAL H. J. MORSE,

Adjutant- General State of Connecticut.

GENERAL : In compliance with request from Adjutant- General s Office, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the 15th Regiment Conn. Vols., from March 1, 1865, to their muster-out:

March 2, 1865, this regiment was ordered to join the forces marching against Goldsboro, N. C., and was assigned to the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, District of Beaufort.

On the afternoon of the 7th, our skirmishers engaged the enemy at Jackson s Mills, and entrenched themselves during the night within a hundred yards of their works. About noon of the 8th, while briskly engaged, the regiment was enveloped by a division of the enemy who had gained their rear, and a large portion of the regiment made prisoners.

Upon the occupation of Kinston by our forces, the l0th Conn, was left as a part of its garrison, and was assigned to Provost duty, which duty it did until the rebel armies having surrendered or disbanded, it was on the 6th of June ordered to Newbern to prepare for muster-out.

By order of General Schofield, commanding Department, all men whose term of service did not expire before September 30th, were transferred to the 7th Conn. Vols., June 24th.

The regiment was mustered out June 27, 1865. Transportation was furnished on the 80th, and the regiment arrived in New Haven, Conn., July 4th.

The final muster out and payment was made July 12, 1865, at which date the 15th Regiment Conn. Vols., ceased to be an organization.

                                 I am, General,

                                           Very Respectfully, Your Ob't Servant,

                                              CHARLES L. UPHAM,

                                                 Late Colonel 15th Conn. Vol. Infantry.

Since its organization five hundred and ninety-five (595) recruits have joined its ranks from the State at large, making the aggregate number of men forwarded to it one thousand, six hundred and seventeen (1,617). On the 27th of June, 1865, eight hundred and fifteen (815) officers and men (those who had been mustered in previous to October 1, 1862), were mustered out of service, and the recruits remaining were transferred to the 7th Conn. Vols.

It took part in the following ENGAGEMENTS.

Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862. Loss in killed, 1 enlisted man; wounded,1 commissioned officer, 8 enlisted men. Total loss, 10.
Edenton Road, Fa., April 24, 1863. Loss in wounded, 1 commissioned officer, 3 enlisted men. Total loss, 4.
Providence Church Road, Fa.,
May 3, 1863. Loss in killed, 1 enlisted man ; wounded, 4 enlisted men ; missing, 1 enlisted man. Total loss, 6.
Kinston, N. C., March 8, 1865. Loss in killed, wounded and missing, about 475 officers and men. Most of these were taken prisoners and very soon exchanged.

The regiment has met with the following CASUALTIES.

Killed in action, - - 15
Died of wounds, -
--15
Died of disease, - 143
Discharged prior to muster-out of regiment, - 327
Missing at muster-out of regiment, - 57

Total:-----557

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