28th Regiment Michigan Infantry
 

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The Twenty Eighth was formed by the consolidation of the companies that were surplus from the organization of the Twenty Seventh, with the companies that were left over, that had originally been intended for the Twenty Ninth, rendezvoused at Marshall under the superintendence of S.S. Lacey, of that place, as commandant of the camp, who completed the organization of the Regiment, the companies being mustered into the United States service at various dates during the months of September and October of 1864, its organization being whole on the 26th. of October, rendezvousing at Kalamazoo. Moved to Camp Nelson, Ky.; to guard trains to Nashville, Tenn., November 10-December 5. Attached to Post of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio to February, 1865, and Dept. of North Carolina to April, 1865. District of Raleigh, N. C., Dept. of North Carolina, to August, 1865. District of Wilmington, N. C., Dept. of North Carolina, to January, 1866. District of New Berne, N. C., to June, 1865.

On the 26th., the 28th. in command of Lieutenant Colonel Delos Phillips, then a Captain of the 17th. Infantry, who had been commissioned, but not mustered, left its rendezvous at Kalamazoo with 886 officers and men on its rolls, for Nashville, arriving at Louisville,Ky on the 29th., then on November 10th., was ordered to Camp Nelson, for the purpose of guarding a wagon train, from there to Nashville, where it arrived on the 5th. day of December, Colonel Phillips having declined to serve, the Commander of the Regiment was Major Geo. Shafer. In the meantime General Hood had commenced his move on Nashville, bringing the 28th. into more active service.

Colonel Wheeler, assumed command on December the 9th., when the Regiment was assigned to the 23rd. Corp, but not engaged in the battle of Nashville.

After the battle of Nashville, the Regiment embarked on the steamer Lawrence, bound for Mississippi, but on reaching Paducah,KY, received orders to proceed to Louisville, from there to Annapolis, thence to Alexandria, where upon arrival on the 18th. of January, was assigned to the 2nd. Brigade, 1st. Division of the 23rd. Corp., then being sent by steamer to Moorehead City, N.C., then marched with its Corp, towards Kingston, in the area of Wilmington, intending to operate with General Sherman on his approach to the coast.

Marching to Wise Forks the Regiment engaged the Confederates in the battle there on the 8th.,9th. and 10th., being in heavy skirmishing, along with a gallant charge, taking over 300 prisoners.

After the fight, the Regiment continued the March to Kingston on the 14th., then to Goldsboro on the 21st, where the Brigade was placed on duty guarding the line of the Atlanta & North Carolina Railroad. After the cessation of hostilities, the 29th remained on duty in Goldsboro until June 5, 1866, at which time they were mustered out of the service, took their route to Detroit, where they were paid off and disbanded.

During their term of federal service, they were engaged at:

Occupation of Nashville, Tenn., during Hood's investment, December 5-14, 1864. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood December 17-28. At Clifton, Tenn., until January 11, 1865. Moved to Louisville, Ky., January 11-18, thence to Alexandria, Va., January 18-25. Duty there until February 19. Moved to Morehead City, thence to Newberne, N. C., February 19-25. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro March 1-21. Battle of Wise's Forks March 8-10. Kinston March 14. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty in District of Raleigh, Hardin County, N. C., until August. In District of Wilmington, Crook County, N.C., to October, and in District of Newberne, N. C., until June, 1866. Mustered out June 6, 1866.

Total Enrollment--1245
Killed in Action--5
Died of Disease--123
Total Casualty Rate--10.2%

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