The 51st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during February, March, and April, 1865. Eight companies left the State in the latter part of April, and proceeded to St. Louis, MO. The other four companies were shortly thereafter mustered out.
The eight companies at St. Louis were assigned to duty in western Missouri until August, when the regiment was returned to Madison, WI. The unit was mustered out by companies from August 16th to August 30th, 1865, and disbanded.
The Regiment lost 16 men to disease during their service.
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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).