Compliments of Stone Sentinels
Monument is located south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue on the Stony Hill east of the Rose farmhouse.
In compliance with President Lincoln's requisition upon the State of Michigan for military aid to uphold the constitution and maintain the Union of the States, Governor Austin Blair issued a proclamation, dated April 16, 1861, for one Regiment of Infantry to be mustered into the service of the United States.
At this date there were a number of independent military companies in the state possessing military knowledge from long practice and study. Ten of these companies were accepted to form the First Michigan Regiment. Those companies accepted were designated at their home camps as the "Detroit Light Guard", the "Jackson Grays", the "Coldwater Cadets", the "Manchester Union Guards", the "Stuben Guard", the "Michigan Hussars", the "Burr Oak Guard", the "Ypsilanti Light Guard", the "Marshall Light Guard", and the "Hardee Cadets". Orlando P. Wilcox was appointed Colonel of the Regiment and the companies were ordered to report to him at Detroit with the least possible delay.
The organization of the Regiment was completed on April 29th., being mustered into the Federal service on May 1, 1861 with a total enrollment of 798 men. The President had called for these troops to serve in Federal service for three months and they promptly complied.
The equipping was thorough and complete and was pursued with such vigor that the Regiment was supplied with uniforms, armed and ready for service before it left the State on May 13, 1861 and was the first Regiment from a western state to reach Washington D.C., where it arrived on May the 16th. The Regiment after arrival was promptly ordered to cross the "Long Bridge" over the Potomac and take possession of Alexandria, Virginia which it accomplished with little incident on May 24th. It's first serious battle of the war was at Manassas, Virginia (Bull Run) where the 1st. proved it's mettel as a fighting Regiment while hotly contested with Confederate forces in that desperate battle. The First lost heavily in killed, wounded, captured and missing in the bloody preview of things to come.
The Regiment returned to Michigan at the expiration of its three months term of enlistment and was mustered out of Federal service on Aug.7,1861. Then the Regiment was immediately reorganized into a three year term of enlistment at Ann Arbor and immediately, with 960 officers and men set out for Virginia on Sept.7,1861.
The Regiment took part in the Peninsular Campaign of 1862 under the command of General McClellan serving in the 5th. Corp, 1st. Brigade, 1st. Division. It fought gallantly at Mechanicsville, Gaine's Mill, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Turkey Bend, White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill. After the Peninsular Campaign it was assigned to Fitz John Porter's Corp when it was desperately engaged at Second Manassas (2nd. Bull Run) on Aug.19, 1862. It and the other Regiments of the Brigade sustained fearful losses from the murderous fire of the Confederates masked batteries.
The Regiment then took part in the battles of Antietam, Md. Fredricksburg, Va. and Chancellorsville, Va. before reaching Gettysburg, Pa. on July 2, 1863, in time to bear an active role in one of the hardest fought and most historic battles of the war, Colonel Troop's action report describes the part taken by the 1st near the base of Little Round Top in the battle.
It was then engaged in active duty, with frequent contacts with Confederate forces until Feb. of 1864, when its enlistment term expired. At that time 212 of its members re-enlisted and were furloughed for thirty days to visit their homes.
On April 10, 1864 the Regiment re-assembled at Beverly Ford, Va. and then took an active part of the Campaign of 1864 being engaged at Allsops Mill, Spottsylvania, The Nye River, The North Anna River, Jerico Mill and Tolopotomy. It crossed the James River on June 16, 1864 and arrived in front of Petersburg on the 18th. when it was engaged in a desperate encounter with Confederate forces at Poplar Grove Church. The Regiment was continually employed, either building fortifications or skirmishing with the Confederates until Feb. 05, 1865, when it started on the pursuit of Gen. Lee's retreating forces around Richmond, Va., marching and fighting until the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. After the surrender the Regiment proceeded by rail to Louisville, Ky., where it was mustered out of Federal service on July 19th. They then returned to Jackson, Mi. arriving on July 22nd. ceremoniously paid off and disbanded.
During their terms of Federal service they were engaged at:
|Manassass,Va.||Savage Station,Va.||Harrisons Landing,Va.|
|Gaines Mill,Va.||White Oak Swamp,Va.||2nd.Manassass,Va.|
|Peach Orchard,Va.||Malvern Hill,Va.||Snickers Gap,Va.|
|Antietam, Md.||Shepards Ford,Va.||Fredricksburg,Va.|
|U.S. Ford,Va.||Chancellorsville,Va.||Kellys Ford,Va.|
|Wapping Heights,Va.||Culpepper,Va.||Brandy Station,Va.|
|Rappahannock St.,Va.||Cross Roads,Va.||Mine Run,Va.|
|Wilderness,Va.||Laurel Hill,Va.||Po River,Va.|
|Spottsylvania,Va.||Ny River,Va.||North Anna River,Va.|
|Jerico Mills,Va.||Noel's Turn,Va.||Tolopotomy,Va.|
|Magnolia Swamp,Va.||Bethesda Church,Va.||Petersburg,Va.|
|Weldon R.R.,Va.||Peebles Farm,Va.||Hatcher's Run,Va.|
|Nottoway Court House||Dabney's Mill,Va.||White Oak Road,Va.|
|Five Forks,Va.||Amelia Court House,Va||High Bridge, Va.|
|Appomatox Court House,Va.|
|Killed in Action...........230|
|Died of Wounds..............39|
|Died in Confederate Prisons..9|
|Died of Disease.............76|
|Discharged from Wounds.....303|
|Total Casualty Rate.........34.8%|
Organized at Fort Wayne, Detroit, Mich., and mustered into United States service May 1, 1861 (the only three-months Regiment from Michigan). Left State for Washington, D.C., May 13. Occupation of Arlington Heights, Va., May 24. Attached to Willcox's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia. Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until July 16. Action at Arlington Mills June 1 (Co. "E"). Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Battle of Bull Run July 21. Mustered out August, 7, 1861.
Organized at Detroit, Mich., and mustered in September 16, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 16. Attached to 1st Brigade, Hooker's Division, Army of the Potomac, to February, 1862. Railroad Brigade, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Camp Hamilton, Va., Dept. of Virginia, to May, 1862. Robinson's Brigade, Dept. of Virginia, to June, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Duty at Bladensburg, Md., October, 1861, and at Annapolis Junction guarding Washington & Baltimore Railroad until March, 1862. Duty at Camp Hamilton, Fortress Monroe, Va., to June. Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field. Seven days before Richmond, Va., June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26; Gaines Mill June 27; Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29; Glendale and Turkey Bridge June 30; Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing until August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville, Va., August 16-27. Gainesville August 28. Battle of Bull Run August 30. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Shepherdstown Ford September 19. Shepherdstown September 20. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Expedition from Potomac Creek to Richards and Ellis Fords, Rappahannock River, December 29-30. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap July 5-24. At Warrenton and Beverly Ford July 27 to September 17. Provost duty at Culpeper until October 11. Bristoe Campaign October 11-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty near Culpeper until May, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 4-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Jericho Mills May 23. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). Six-Mile House, Weldon Railroad, August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28, Warren's Expedition to Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads March 29. Lewis' Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29. White Oak Road March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Duty at City Point, Va., until May 16. Moved to Alexandria May 16-18. Grand Review May 23. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., June 16, and mustered out July 9, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 15 Officers and 172 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 149 Enlisted men by disease. Total 337.