3rd Regiment Infantry
(3 Months)


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The Third Connecticut Regiment Infantry (3 months), the numerical strength of which was seven hundred and eighty (780) men, left Hartford for Washington, May 25th, 1861. They were armed with United States smooth-bore muskets. Colonel John Arnold, long a prominent officer in the State Militia, and instructor in a number of military schools, was placed in command. He tendered his resignation, on account of ill-health, May 29, 1861, and was honorably discharged. Colonel John L. Chatfield, his successor, acquired his military education in the State Militia. He was a strict disciplinarian, and much beloved by the officers and men composing his command. This regiment was at the battle of Bull Run, and behaved with the steadiness and gallantry of veterans. The regiment was mustered out of service at Hartford on the 12th day of August, 1861.

SERVICE.--Duty at Camp Corcoran, defenses of Washington, D.C., till June 1, 1861. Advance to Vienna and Falls Church, Va., June 1-3, and picket duty there till July 16. Advance to Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Occupation of Fairfax C. H. July 17. Battle of Bull Run, Va., July 21. Mustered out August 12, 1861.

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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