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Second Rhode Island Infantry.

Eustis's Brigade — Getty's Division--Sixth Corps.

(1) Col. John S. Slocum (Killed). (4) Col. Horatio Rogers; Bvt. Brig.-Gen. U. S. V.
(2) Col. Frank Wheaton; R. A., Bvt. Maj.-Gen. U. S. A. (5) Col. S. B. M. Read.
(3) Col. Nelson Viall. (6) Col. Elisha H. Rhodes.

companies. killed and died of wounds. died of disease, accidents, in Prison, &c. Total Enrollment.
Officers. Men. Total. Officers. Men. Total.
Field and Staff 2   2       16
Company A   12 12   10 10 143
  B   10 10   8 8 140
  C   14 14   6 6 152
  D   12 12   5 5 150
  E 1 14 15   6 6 157
  F 2 5 7   7 7 171
  G 1 12 13   9 9 147
  H   4 4 1 10 11 164
  I 2 12 14   6 6 156
  K 1 16 17 1 7 8 164
Totals 9 111 120 2 74 76 1,560

Total of killed and wounded, 428; Died of disease in Confederate prisons, 12.

The above enrollment does not include the reorganized regiment.

battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W.
First Bull Run, Va. 24 Wilderness, Va. 23
Yorktown, Va. 1 Spotsylvania, Va. 19
Oak Grove, Va. 8 Cold Harbor, Va. 4
Malvern Hill, Va. 1 Opequon, Va. 2
Salem Heights, Va. 20 Petersburg, Va. 2
Gettysburg, Pa. 1 Sailor's Creek, Va. 14
Williamsport, Md. 1    

Present, also, at Williamsburg; Seven Days; Antietam; Fredericksburg (1862); Marye's Heights; Rappahannock Station; Fort Stevens; Appomattox.

notes.--The Second was Rhode Island's fighting regiment. It fired the opening volley at First Bull Run, and was in line at the final scenes of Appomattox. It arrived at Washington, June 22, 1861, and after a few weeks encampment there, marched to the field of First Bull Run. It was then in Burnside's Brigade, of Hunter's Division. Burnside opened that fight with the First Rhode Island deployed as skirmishers, and the Second advancing in line of battle. Its casualties in that engagement aggregated 98 in killed, wounded and missing; among the killed were Colonel Slocum, Major Sullivan Ballou, and two captains. During the Peninsular campaign it served in Palmer's (3d) Brigade, Couch's (1st) Division, Fourth Corps; this division was transferred in October, 1862, to the Sixth Corps as Newton's (3d) Division. The regiment, under Colonel Rogers, distinguished itself in the hard-fought battle of the Sixth Corps at Salem Heights, May 3, 1863, in which action it lost 7 killed, 68 wounded, and 6 missing. At the Wilderness, it lost 12 killed, 66 wounded, and 5 missing; and at Spotsylvania, 15 killed, 32 wounded, and 6 missing. In the final battle of the Sixth Corps--at Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865--the regiment displayed remarkable fighting qualities, engaging the enemy in an action so close that men were bayoneted, and clubbed muskets were freely used. The original regiment was mustered out June 17, 1864, the recruits and reenlisted men left in the field were organized into a battalion of three companies, to which five new ones were subsequently added in the fall and winter of 1864-5.


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