1st Regiment, Rhode Island Infantry (3 months, 1861)

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Brief History

The 1st Regiment, Rhode Island Infantry was organized in Rhode Island, April, 1861. It served for 3 moths. They left Washington for home on July 25, 1861. It was mustered out August 2, 1861.[1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,284 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Mississippi in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Rhode Island in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Mississippi, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

Books and Films

  • Ash, Stephen V. Firebrand of liberty : the story of two black regiments that changed the course of the Civil War. (New York, New York : W.W. Norton, c2008) FHL book 975.7 M2as
  • Clarke, Charles H. History of Company F, 1st Regiment, R. I. Volunteers, during the spring and summer of 1861. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083353
  • United States. Army. Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865). First regiment Rhode Island detached militia. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083354
  • Woodbury, Augustus. The memory of the first battle : a discourse preached in Westminster Church, Providence, R. I., on the 28th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1889, before the veteran associations of the First and Second Rhode Island Regiments and their batteries. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083355 and A narrative of the campaign of the First Rhode Island regiment in the spring and summer of 1861. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Filmed by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1975), FHL film 1490893 and (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL Fiche 6118852

Internet sites

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)