The Third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry was the second volunteer regiment to be formed in Wisconsin during Lincoln's call for volunteers in 1861. Since it represented a cross-section of Wisconsin's civilian men, it was referred to as the "Common Man Regiment".
Not only did the regiment distinguish itself on the battlefield at such engagements as Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, Resaca, and the March to the Sea , it was also involved in the war's largest cavalry battle at Brandy Station and even tried its hand in a naval battle when it encountered and captured the Confederate gunboat, Resolute at Argyle Island, North Carolina.
Fighting in nearly every major engagement in the east with the Army of the Potomac , and Marching to the Sea and through the Carolinas under William T. Sherman ; the Third Wisconsin's history should offer something for everyone interested in America's greatest conflict from either theater of the war.
Note: This site is strictly about the preservation the history of the 3rd Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers and is not affliated with any living history or reenactment organizations. The content of this site is taken directly from books, memoirs, and diaries of the men who served with the regiment. All other content has been used by permission from the authors.