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3rd Wisconsin Infantry History | Wisconsin Historical Society

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3rd Wisconsin Infantry History

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

3rd Wisconsin Infantry History | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeTintype portrait of Jacob Brant of Brodhead, Wisconsin, member of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry band.

Jacob Brant, 1861

Tintype portrait of Jacob Brant of Brodhead, Wisconsin, member of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry band. He is seated in uniform next to a bass drum and holds a padded drumstick. The buttons on his uniform are hand-colored gold. View the original source document: WHI 81535

The 3rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Hamilton, in Fond Du Lac and mustered into service on June 19, 1861.From Wisconsin it moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, on July 12 and then went on to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, July 18, 1861.During its service it moved through Maryland, Virginia, the Washington, D.C., area and Pennsylvania.

After brief duties in New York and Alabama, it moved through Georgia, the Carolinas, and ended up in Kentucky. The unit fought at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, and in the siege of Atlanta, and participated in Sherman's March to the Sea. It was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 18, 1865. The regiment lost 282 men during service. Nine officers and 158 enlisted men were killed. Two officers and 113 enlisted men died from disease.

[Source: Estabrook, Charles E, ed. Records and sketches of military organizations... (Madison, 1914?)]