28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment


The 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 13, 1862. The regiment left Wisconsin on December 20, 1862, and proceeded to Columbus, Kentucky, where it was assigned to service.

Active Duty

In January 1863, the  28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment took part in an expedition up the White River into Arkansas. In February, the regiment was assigned to the Yazoo Pass Expedition in Mississippi. The expedition lasted from February 24 to April 8, 1863.

After the expedition, the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was assigned to service in eastern Arkansas, near Helena or Pine Bluff. The regiment was engaged in garrison and fatigue duty, and also participated in occasional expeditions. The regiment participated in many minor actions during this time, and was part of the force that defended Helena, Arkansas, on July 4, 1863.

In March 1865, the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment participated in the Mobile Campaign, which lasted from March 17 to May 3, 1865. The regiment took part in the siege of Spanish Fort.

After the Mobile Campaign, the  28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was sent to Texas. The regiment arrived at Brazos Santiago on June 6, 1865, and camped in the vicinity of the mouth of the Rio Grande River. The regiment did guard and fatigue duty until August 23, 1865, when it was mustered out of the service of the United States. The regiment returned to Madison, Wisconsin, and was disbanded on September 23, 1865.


During service the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment one officer and 12 enlisted men who were killed and mortally wounded. Dying by disease were six officers and 221 enlisted men.

For Further Research

Search our collections for photos and artifacts from Wisconsin in the Civil War. Read about other Wisconsin Civil War regiments. For detailed regimental histories of the U.S. Civil War, consult the Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories.

The histories above, unless otherwise noted, are adopted from Charles E. Estabrook, ed., Records and Sketches of Military Organizations, (Madison, 1914).