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Muster In: March 23, 18641
Muster Out: July 12, 18652

Commander(s):

Colonel John A. Savage, Jr.
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Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner
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Captain Austin Cannon
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Captain George A. Fisk
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First Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3

Second Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8

Third Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15,16

  • Commander: Major Clement E. Warner (promoted to Lt. Colonel on July 15, 1864)17,18,19
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20,21

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner (wounded August 14, 1864)22,23,24
    • Captain Austin Cannon (from August 14-?, 1864)25,26,27
    • Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner (?)(August 31, 1864)28
  • Unit Strength:
    • 188 officers and men PFD (August 25, 1864)29
    • 113 officers and men PFD (August 26, 1864)30
  • Weapons:

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army31

  • Commander:
    • Captain Austin Cannon (to September 25, 1864)32
    • Captain George A. Fisk (from September 25, 1864)33
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Captain George A. Fisk34,35
  • Unit Strength: 150 “muskets” (November 3, 1864)36
  • Weapons:

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander:
    • Captain George A. Fisk (to December 14 or 15, 1864)37
    • Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner (from December 14 or 15, 1864)38,39
  • Unit Strength:
    • ~137 officers and men PFD(?)(November 8, 1864)40
    • ~200 officers and men PFD (December 8, 1864)41
  • Weapons:

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner?42
  • Unit Strength:
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Clement E. Warner43
  • Unit Strength:
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles44:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Weldon Railroad June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of the James River July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Watkins’ House March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Hatcher’s Run March 29.
  • Boydton Plank Road and White Oak Road March 30-31.
  • Crow’s House March 31.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 3-9.
  • Sailor’s Creek April 6.
  • High Bridge and Farmville April 7.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.

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), pages 219-221
  4. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 86
  5. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 87
  6. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 335: According to Warner’s short biography, he was in command continuously from June 18, 1864 until he was wounded on August 14, 1864.  Warner had been promoted to Major on June 11, 1864.
  7. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 36th Wisconsin Entry, Page 78; 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.
  8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 219-221
  9. 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: Per the Official Records, Warner was still a Captain on June 30, 1864.
  10. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 102: Per Aubery’s regimental history of the 36th WI, Warner was a Lt. Colonel at this point.  I’m going with the Official Records unless more definitive evidence is presented as to exactly when Warner was promoted, first to Major and then Lt. Colonel.
  11. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 335: According to Warner’s short biography, he was in command continuously from June 18, 1864 until he was wounded on August 14, 1864.  Warner had been promoted to Major on June 11, 1864.
  12. Taylor, Guy C. Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor, Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (University of Wisconsin Press: 2012), p. 55: “Their is only 300 men in our reg. now…” from a letter dated June 26, 1864.  Based on a letter written just two days later (see below), this number appears to be present, NOT present for duty.  Taylor indicated that the regiment had 50 less men on June 28.  The most logical explanation to me is that 300 officers and men on June 26 is the number present, while the June 28 figure of 250 is present for duty strength.  The regiment was involved in no major battle in that time. In addition, the quarterly ordnance return shows the regiment possessed 258 Springfield rifles on  June 30, 1864.  Add these clues together and this explanation makes sense.
  13. Taylor, Guy C. Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor, Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (University of Wisconsin Press: 2012), p. 56: “The Reg. numbers 250 men…” and “their is 230 guys in the regiment…” seems to indicate that the 36th Wisconsin contained approximately 230 enlisted men and 20 officers on June 28, 1864.  The regiment contained 258 Springfield rifles in the June 30, 1864 quarterly ordnance return referred to below, so this seems to be a pretty accurate statement by Guy C. Taylor.
  14. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 36th Wisconsin Entry, Page 78; 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Taylor, Guy C. Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor, Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (University of Wisconsin Press: 2012), p. 58: “Last night the act. Colonel which is Captain (Clement E.) Warner…”
  18. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 335: According to Warner’s short biography, he was in command continuously from June 18, 1864 until he was wounded on August 14, 1864.  Warner had been promoted to Major on June 11, 1864 and Lt. Colonel on July 15, 1864.
  19. 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
  20. 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”
  21. 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)”
  22. 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: The Official Records indicate Warner was in command of the regiment on August 31, 1864, but Aubery’s regimental history of the 36th Wisconsin indicates the Lieutenant Colonel returned from his wound on December 14, 1864.  Because the wound caused an amputation of the left arm, it seems logical that Warner returned in December rather than by late August.
  23. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 116, 121: Warner was wounded in the left arm at Second Deep Bottom on August 14, 1864, resulting in amputation. Aubery states the Lt. Colonel returned to duty on December 14, 1864.
  24. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 335: According to Warner’s short biography, he was in command continuously from June 18, 1864 until he was wounded on August 14, 1864.  Warner had been promoted to Major on June 11, 1864 and Lt. Colonel on July 15, 1864.
  25. 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 315-316
  26. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 116: Cannon assumed command upon the wounding of Warner.
  27. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 129: Cannon was in command of the 36th Wisconsin at the Second Battle of Reams’ Station on August 25, 1864.
  28. 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”: The Official Records indicates Warner was in command on August 31, 1864, but had he recovered from his wound in time?  More research is needed.
  29. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 136
  30. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 130: Aubery describes the slow increase of men present for duty after the debacle at Second Reams’ Station in which a significant portion of the regiment was captured.
  31. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1298.
  32. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 161: Aubery, the acting adjutant at the time, implies that Cannon is in command of the regiment at this time.
  33. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 162
  34. 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 316
  35. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). pp. 174-175
  36. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 186: The term “muskets” would seem to preclude officers from this number, so presumably the PFD strength was somewhat greater.
  37. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 189: Aubery writes that Fisk was in command in “the winter of ’64”, so it is a relatively safe assumption to place Fisk in command during the time of the Seventh Offensive in early December 1864.
  38. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 202
  39. Taylor, Guy C. Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor, Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (University of Wisconsin Press: 2012), p. 176: “Colonel Warner has got back hear again he will take Command of the reg. now.” from a letter dated December 17, 1864.
  40. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 187: In the Presidential Election 86 soldiers voted for Lincoln and 51 for McClellan.  I am unsure if only those present for duty that day were counted in this number, with those sick and detached not counted.  Based on the 150 “muskets” present on November 3, this seems to be the case.
  41. Taylor, Guy C. Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor, Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (University of Wisconsin Press: 2012), p. 168: “…we have now about 200 men in all…” from a letter dated December 8, 1864.  This appears to be present for duty.
  42. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 207: Warner signed Aubery’s furlough papers on January 31, 1865, so it is likely he was in command of the regiment during the Hatcher’s Run operations from February 5-7, 1865.
  43. Aubery, James M. The Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry … An Authentic Record of the Regiment from its Organization to its Muster Out. A Complete Roster of its Officers and Men with their Record … A Copy of Every Official Paper in the War Department Pertaining to the Regiment … (Milwaukee, WI: Unknown Publisher, 1900). p. 214,216, 218: On April 2, 1865, Warner was the division officer of the day.  Captain Cannon was in command of the left wing of the 36th WI that day.
  44. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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