6th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment


The Sixth Wisconsin Regiment Infantry (6th Wisconsin Regiment Infantry) was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin and mustered into the service of the United States on July 16, 1861.  The regiment left the state on July 28. They reached Washington, D.C. on August 7, 1861, going into camp in the suburbs.   

Active Duty 

Shortly after, the Sixth was attached to General Kings Brigade, which subsequently became known as the "Iron Brigade of the West".  Leading up to March 1862, the regiment served in the defenses of Washington. After that they served in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, except the Peninsular Campaign until the surrender at Appomattox.  In March 1862, the First Corps organized and the Iron Brigade assigned to them.   

The Sixth regiment served this corps along with the Second and Seventh Infantries until March 1864. When the organization discontinued the Iron Brigade transferred to the Fifth Corps. The Sixth took part in the Grand Review at Washington, then, along with other regiments of the Army of the Potomac, transferred to Louisville, Kentucky. There, they mustered out of the service of the United States on July 14, 1865, and disbanded at Madison on July 16, 1865. 


The Sixth Regiment Infantry lost 16 Officers and 228 Enlisted men to mortal wounds  and 1 Officer and 112 Enlisted men to disease. In total the regiment lost 357 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).

Standard, 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Obverse: blue silk field with designs in colored paint; in center, full colored design of Wis. State Seal within circle 31 1/4" in diameter, bordered in gold; below, design of red ribbon 5" wide , gold bordered, containing in gold letters "6th WISCONSIN INFANTRY VOLS. "; gold silk fringes 6cm ; Reverse: same as obverse, with U.S. Seal in place of Wis State Seal in center; attachment to pole by edge folded into sleeve; deterioration of painted areas.

Standard, 6th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

Blue silk field with designs in red, white, blue and gold painted; in center, design of U. S. coat of arms spread eagle, stars and shield ; below, gold bordered red scroll with fragmentary letters " 6th Wisconsin Regiment "; gold silk fringes 6cm along three edges; blue field discolored around center; damage along left border and center; attachment to flagpole by four brass grommets.