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36th Wisconsin Infantry "Martin's Soldiers Record"
36th Wisconsin Infantry "Martin's Soldiers Record" for Company "A." Beautifully colored patriotic lithograph showing the names of the field officers and the members of company A.
This regiment was led by the famous Frank Haskell, of "Haskell of Gettysburg" fame. Sadly he would be killed in a charge on the enemies breastworks at Cold Harbor. A brief look at the regimental history shows that many of the names listed were killed in action as well as taken POW

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Thirty-sixth Infantry. -- Cols., Frank A. Haskell, John A. Savage, Jr., Harvey M. Brown, Clement E. Warner; Lieut.-Cols., John A. Savage, Jr., Harvey M. Brown, Clement E. Warner, William H. Hamilton; Majs., Harvey M Brown, Clement E. Warner, William H. Hamilton, George A. Fisk.

This regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, and was mustered in in April, 1864. It left the state May 10 and was sent at once to Spottsylvania where it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps, and was held in reserve during the engagement there.

It supported a battery at the North Anna River and was in line of battle, but not engaged, on the following day, Cos. H and K charged and captured a line of the enemy's works on May 26. The regiment advanced toward Richmond, and took part in the battle of Totopotomy.

Cos. B. E, F and G moved forward as skirmishers across an open field and charged a strong line of works, unsupported, in the face of a savage fire of grape and musketry from the front and an oblique fire from right and left, driving in the enemy's skirmishers and losing 140 in killed, wounded and prisoners out of 240 engaged. But it accomplished the desired end by forcing the enemy to concentrate on this point on the double- quick thus relieving the pressure at the left.

At Cold Harbor the regiment led the advance across an open field under heavy fire and remained on the field all day losing 73 men. During the siege of Petersburg, it was engaged in several severe skirmishes, including one on the Jerusalem plank road, within 20 rods of the enemy's line, when one-half of the brigade was captured by a flank movement, the 36th saving itself by a quick change of front.

It was engaged in skirmishing, short expeditions and picket duty in and about Petersburg, including Malvern Hill, New Market Road and Reams' Station where of the 186 officers and men engaged there was a loss of 138 in killed, wounded and captured.

At Hatcher's run, when separated from its division by a heavy force, the regiment faced to the rear, made a bayonet charge, doubled the enemy's line, captured a stand of colors and more prisoners than it had men engaged. This brought forth warm words of commendation from Brig.-Gen. Egan, who wrote: "It was a short fight, that rebel brigade was instantaneously crumbled and destroyed being mostly captured with arms, colors and officers, to a total number three times greater than the 36th * * * I now depend upon them with my veterans."

The regiment repulsed a charge at the same point in Feb. 1865. With other forces it charged the enemy's line at Hatcher's run in April, 1865, taking the works at an important point, which resulted in the entire line giving way. It then pursued Lee's army and was present at the surrender at Appomattox.

It participated in the grand review at Washington and was mustered out at Jeffersonville, Ind. July 12, 1865. Its original strength was 990. Gain by recruits, 24; total, 1,014. Loss by death, 206; desertiion, 21, transfer, 38; discharge, 214; mustered out, 445.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 67


Report of Capt. Austin Cannon, Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Infantry, of operations August 14-20.

Report of the operations of Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers from August 14 to 21, 1864:

Landed on north bank of James River at 7 a.m. of 14th instant; moved out on the New Market road four or five miles. It was a very warm day and the men suffered considerably from the heat. Several were entirely overcome by it. About 4 p.m. moved to the right on the Charles City road a little over a mile, when the brigade was massed, the Thirty-sixth in the second line, and moved to the edge of a piece of woods. The First Division was lying in line of battle in a corn-field. In passing over it my lines got somewhat mixed up. After forming the lines again, we moved forward on the double-quick. The right of the regiment went over the hill to a ravine at the bottom; the center stopped on the crest; the left coming in contact with a house oblique to the left, but was ordered to fall back. The center and right were under a brisk fire till 7.30 p.m., when we fell back to the rear about a mile. At 11 p.m. moved back to the front in a piece of woods and bivouacked for the night. I lost in the engagement 1 officer and 2 men killed; 2 officers and 14 men wounded, and 1 man missing. We remained camped in the woods till 12 m. of the 16th, when we moved out and formed a line of battle along the edge of an open field about 1,500 yards from the enemy's works. We were shelled a little. I had 4 men wounded. On 17th had 3 men wounded and 2 on the 18th. The regiment had a very exposed position. On the night of 18th moved to the left and rear and occupied an old line of breast-works till the night of the 20th, when we recrossed the river. Our total loss was 1 officer and 2 men killed; 2 officers and 22 men wounded, and 1 man missing, making aggregate of 28.*

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Lieut.-Col. RUGG, Cmdg. First Brigade, Second Division, Second Corps.


Report of Capt. George A. Fisk, Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Infantry, of operations October 27.

HDQRS. THIRTY-SIXTH WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS, October 29, 1864. CAPT.: I have the honor to report the operations of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers during the recent battle:

Our skirmish line (sent out after the first works were captured in the morning) succeeded in driving in the enemy's pickets on our right and captured their rifle-pits near the saw-mill. After crossing the Dinwidie plank road the regiment advanced in line with the remainder of the brigade. When we halted in the open field we were under a heavy enfilading fire from the enemy's artillery on our left. The command, however, held their ground, not a man leaving the ranks. When the enemy charged on the right of the road and drove our forces back to the road, we faced by the rear rank and advanced on their right flank, driving them back in confusion and capturing about 100 prisoners and 1 stand of colors. We then fell back to our former position. We lost a few wounded and prisoners. Nothing further occurred worthy of note. The men endured the fatigue of the march remarkably well.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE A. FISK, Capt., Cmdg. Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers.

Capt. G. W. RYERSON, Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 2d Army Corps.

Source: Official Records CHAP. LIV.] THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. PAGE 315-87 [Series I. Vol. 42. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 87.]


Report of Lieut. Col. Clement E. Warner, Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Infantry, of operations February 5-7.

HDQRS. THIRTY-SIXTH REGT. WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS, February 13, 1865. SIR: I have the honor to submit the following account of the operations of this regiment on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of this month:

The regiment left camp at 7 o'clock on the morning of the 5th, marched about three miles west and formed a line of battle in an open field near the Armstrong house. Seventy men were sent forward into the woods as skirmishers; the rest of the regiment threw up breastworks, and occupied them. On the evening of the 5th two men were captured by the enemy and one slightly wounded. On the 6th and 7th the regiment remained in the same position, and sustained no casualties.

Very respectfully,

C. E. WARNER, Lieut.-Col., Cmdg.

Capt. WILL GILDER, Assistant Adjutant-Gen., First Brigade.

Source: Official Records PAGE 220-95 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. [CHAP. LVIII. [Series I. Vol. 46. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 95.]