2nd Company Minnesota Sharpshooters

   

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Note: The 2nd Company Minnesota Sharpshooters was nominally attached to the 1st Minnesota, but appears to have served as the Provost Guard for the Second Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac for a good portion of the Siege of Petersburg.

Muster In: Organized at St. Paul, Minn., November 23, 1861, to March 17, 1862, and mustered in March 20, 1862.1
Muster Out: Mustered out March 19, 1865. Veterans transferred to 1st Minnesota Battalion Infantry.2

Commander(s):
Captain Mahlon Black
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Lieutenant Edward N. Schoff
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Lieutenant Hamlet F. Richardson
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army 10,11

  • Commander: Captain Mahlon Black (July 31, 1864)12
  • Unit Strength:
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army13,14

  • Commander: Captain Mahlon Black (August 31, 1864)15
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (need source)

  • Commander:
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army16,17

  • Commander: Captain Mahlon Black (October 31, 1864)18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

  • Commander: Captain Mahlon Black (December 31, 1864)20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21,22,23

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Edward N. Schoff (January 31, 1865)24
    • Lieutenant Hamlet F. Richardson (February 28, 1865)25
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This unit is listed in the casualty returns for the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865, implying it was present during the Eighth Offensive and the battle.26

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army27,28

  • Commander: Lieutenant Edward N. Schoff (March 31, 1865)29
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  • Note: Mustered out March 19, 1865. Veterans transferred to 1st Minnesota Battalion Infantry.30

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles31:

  • Movement to Petersburg June 12-15.
  • Assault on Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to March 19, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of the James July 27-29.
  • Battle of Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Demonstration north of the James August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28.
  • Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-11.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Mustered out March 19, 1865.
  • Veterans transferred to 1st Minnesota Battalion Infantry.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 220
      4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 543
      5. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 2nd Company Minnesota Sharpshooters Entry, Page 98; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 220
      7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 543
      8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 543
      9. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 2nd Company Minnesota Sharpshooters Entry, Page 98; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 252
      11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 730
      12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 730
      13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 117, 130: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
      15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 459: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 153: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Boydton Plank Road, Va., October 27-28, 1864”
      18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 459: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1116: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1116: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 326: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 740: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 64: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
      24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 326: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 740: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 64: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
      27. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 567: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      28. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 583: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
      29. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 567: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      30. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      31. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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