G.A.R. Post: Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, WA
24th WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Summer, 1862 Camp Sigel Milwaukee, WI
Mustered In: 8/15 - 21/62 Camp Sigel Milwaukee, WI
Mustered Out: 6/10/65 Nashville, TN
The 24th, a three year western theater regiment was also known as the "Milwaukee Regiment." Organized and mustered into Federal service it departed the state on 9/5/62 en-route to Louisville, KY via Covington.
First action for the 24th was at Perryville, KY (10/8/1862). In that battle it was said the officers and men "acted with coolness and deliberation marching to the font with the steadiness of veterans."
The regiment next proceeded to Nashville, TN. Reaching that city on 11/8/62 it then moved to Stone's River. In the battle (12/31/62 - 1/2/63) fought there it lost 175 killed, wounded and captured.
On 9/18 - 20/63 the 24th fought in the battle of CHICAMAUGA, GA. There it lost 105 killed, WOUNDED and missing. It then took an important part in the storming and driving enemy troops from Missionary Ridge near Nashville (11/25/1863), TN. Next came lifting the Siege of Knoxville. Guard duty completed the 1863 year.
During January, 1864 the unit dislodged the enemy from a patch of woods near Dandridge, TN. It was then assigned to duty at division headquarters. That lasted until May when the regiment joined Union Gen. W.T. Sherman's Atlanta, GA campaign.
Moving back into Georgia the 24th was in action at Resaca (5/13-15/64) and around Adairsville (5/17/64). At Dallas (5/26-6/1/64) it was under Rebel fire for eleven days. Operations around Kennesaw Mountain (6/27/64 followed. It then fought at Peachtree Creek (7/20/64) after which it was assigned to railroad, guard and garrison duty until November 1st .
At the end of November (11/30/64) the 24th saw action at Franklin, TN it proved to be one of the most severe battles in which the unit had been engaged. According to one Union General: "I will not absolutely say the 24th Wisc. saved the battle of Franklin, but they had a great deal to do with saving it." The battle of Nashville (12/15 -16/64) concluded the combat history of the 24th.
The 24th spent the winter of 1864/'65 at Huntsville, AL. It was mustered out of the service and into history at Nashville, TN (6/10/65).
Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 8; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:3; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 103; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:87.*
* NOTE: The 24th was one of but a few regiments that actually lost more men from combat than it did disease, accidents, etc.
Residence: Milwaukee, WI Age:
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/5/62 Rank: Pvt. (database and another source say enlisted as cpl.)
Mustered In: 8/5/62
Discharged For Disability: 1/29/64
Highest Rank: Cprl.
Rank At Discharge: Cprl.
Seattle GAR explanation.
There are over 650 Union veterans buried in the Seattle, G.A.R. Cemetery. In early 2020, an Island County, WA teacher expressed interest in beginning a long-term project in which middle school students would create birth - to - death biographical profiles on those vets.
In this vein, a number of veterans were chosen to become the initial focus of this exercise. The Covid 19 medical pandemic, however, has resulted in this project being placed on hold. It is hoped that at some point in the future, students, or others will be able to complete biographies on some or all of these veterans.
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