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Cool rainy weekend in WI drove me to wondering around the online roster for the WI 16th, looking for MIA & KIA in obscure skirmishes (I'll look anywhere for a new lead).  I came upon a Miles Dunning, Co. A, who transfered to the 1st MN Lt Art on Dec 24, 62.  I knew that the Mn 1st started out right behind the WI 16th at Shiloh and I believe the 16th followed the path of the 1st back to the Hornest's Nest, so this grabbed my attention.  Then in Co. E's section I came across James C. Fisher and James McPheeters, who reenlisted in the 1st MN on Jan 5, 64. Time to look into the 1st MN.

 

[align=center]1st Independent Battery Light Artillery[/align]

[align=left]Organized at Fort Snelling, Minn., November 21, 1861. Ordered to St. Louis, Mo., and duty there until February, 1862. Moved to Cairo, Ill., thence to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn. Attached to Buckland's Brigade, Sherman's 5th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Artillery, 6th Division, District of Corinth, Miss., to November, 1862. 6th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. Artillery, 6th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. Artillery, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to October, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.[/align]

[align=left]SERVICE.--Expedition to Eastport, Miss., and Chickasaw, Ala., April 1, 1862. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth until October. Battle of Corinth October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. At Moscow and Memphis, Tenn., to February 6, 1863. Moved to Lake Providence, La., February 6-10, and duty there until April 22. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Duty at Vicksburg until April, 1864. Veterans on furlough February 20 to April 17, 1864. Moved to Cairo, Ill., April 4-17. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., to Big Shanty, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Kingston and Rome, Ga., April 28-June 9. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 9-September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Howell's Ferry July 5. Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel, Hood's second sortie, July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations in North Georgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Ball's Ferry and Georgia Central Railroad Bridge, Oconee River, November 23-25. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps, S.C., February 2-5. South Edisto River February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. About Columbia February 15-17. Cheraw March 3. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 30. Grand Review May 24. Moved to St. Paul, Minn., June 12, Mustered out July 1, 1865.[/align]

[align=left]Battery lost during service 1 Officer and 7 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 29 Enlisted men by disease. Total 38.[/align]

[align=left]Now that itinerary is real familiar!  The WI 16th's:[/align]

[align=center]16th Regiment Infantry[/align]

[align=left]Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in January 31, 1862. Left State for St. Louis, Mo., March 13, thence moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 14-20. Attached to 1st Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, District of Corinth, Miss., to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.[/align]

[align=left]SERVICE.--Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss, April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth until September 17. Battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Ordered to Grand Junction November 2 and duty there until November 28. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad to December 28. Moved to Moscow and duty along Memphis & Charleston Railroad until January 10, 1863. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., January 10, thence to Young's Point, La,, January 17, and to Lake Providence March 8. Action at Old River, Lake Providence, February 10. Provost duty at Lake Providence until August. Pin Hook and Caledonia Bayou, Macon, May 10. Expedition to Mechanicsburg May 26-June 4. Near Lake Providence June 9. Moved to Red Bone Church August 1 and duty there until February 5, 1864. Garrison duty at Vicksburg until March 4. Veterans on furlough March and April. Non-veterans on duty at Vicksburg until April 5, then joined Regiment at Cairo, Ill. Veterans moved to Cairo, Ill., April 20-22. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., May 4, thence march to Ackworth, Ga. via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., May 5-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8-September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Brush Mountain June 15. Assault on Kenesaw Mountain June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Howell's Ferry July 5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Pocotaligo, S.C., January 14. Reconnaissance to Salkehatchie River January 25. Barker's Mills, Whippy Swamp, February 1. Salkehatchie Swamp February 2-5. Binnaker's Bridge, South Edisto, February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. Columbia February 16-17. Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 7. Mustered out July 12, 1865.[/align]

[align=left]Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 141 En-. listed men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 248 Enlisted men by disease. Total 399.[/align]

[align=left]Both of the previous comes from civilwararchive.com[/align]

[align=left]My guess is that these 2 units got to know each other very well.[/align]

[align=left]Jim[/align]

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A few other interesting little tidbits I came upon in the rosters:

George Halsey, Co. A - died of fatigue Feb. 27, 65 Lynch Creek, S.C.

Lewis O. Preston, Co A - supposed to have burned to death Columbia, S.C.  This one got my attention due to the fact that during the burning of Columbia by the XV Corp, the XVIIth Corp, of which the WI 16th was a part, was outside the city.  If Preston was involved in the burning, were other members of the WI 16th involved?

James P. Wilson, Co. C - wnd Shiloh  died Apr. 7, 62 Savannah GA.  This one reminded me that you have to take these records with a grain of salt, as they do have errors.

Charles Mauck, Co. G - wnd Shiloh died Apr. 30, 62 Denmark, Tenn of wnds.  Denmark?  This is the 1st I've heard of Denmark.  The map shows it about 50 miles (as the crow flies) northwest of Shiloh.  Was there a hospital there?  Or was he in the hands of the Rebs?

William Metzdorf, Co. H - Deserted Apr. 5, 62.  Lucky timing or did he see the battle coming?

Charles V. Hall, Co. I - Deserted July 2, 65.  He mustered in Oct. 30, 61.  Why desert 10 days before the regiment is to be mustered out?  Strange!

As usual, the more I poke around looking for answers, the more questions I get.

Jim

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