15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry

Organized at Detroit, Monroe and Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 16, 1861, to March 13, 1862. The 15th Michigan was mustered into Federal service on March 20, 1862 at Monroe, Michigan and first engaged the enemy at Shiloh, Tennessee on April 6th and 7th. After the Civil War ended, the 15th Michigan moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where they remained until they were mustered out on August 18, 1865.

Original 15th Michigan Command and Staff

Colonel John M. Oliver Monroe Co.
Lt. Colonel John McDermott Detroit
Major Stephen Walsh Saginaw
Surgeon Levi M. Garner Holly
Asst. Surgeon Horace P. Woodward Blissfield
Adjutant James G. McBride Monroe
Quartermaster Michael Twoomey Canada
Chaplain Thomas M. Brady Detroit


Historical Note


"March 29 - A good day for spring fever and it took hold of a good many. Have been busy all day preparing to leave for the south. This eve the 15th Mich came in tired, dirty and used up. The regt. Numbers about 900 and are armed with Austrian muskets, a very clumsy looking gun."

From The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd, Fifteenth Iowa Infantry, 1861-1863


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