Re-org. 4th Mich. Inf. Regt. (October, 1864 – June, 1866)


Lieutenant Colonel Jarius Hall

Lt. Col. Jarius Hall

On July 26th , 1864,  the Fourth Michigan Infantry was reorganized at Adrian, Michigan, under the command of Colonel Jarius Hall. Colonel Hall had previously served in the original regiment as it’s Lieut. Colonel since July 3rd, 1863. In addition to those veterans who had reenlisted from the original regiment, 726 men made up the additional eight companies to complete the rolls at the time of muster.

On October 22, the regiment left Adrian for Nashville, Tennessee, where they arrived on October 25th, 1864. Three days later the regiment arrived in Decatur, Alabama where they participated in the defense of the town against Hood’s attack from October 28-30, 1864, serving under the command of Colonel Charles Doolittle, who had previously served as a Captain in the “Old Fourth Michigan”. Though Gen. Doolittle and the union forces held off the attacking rebels under General John Bell Hood, the reorganized Fourth Michigan would suffer one man killed and six wounded inaction, the new regiments only battlefield casualties during their term of  service. At this time they were attached to District of Northern Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, till November of 1864.

November 1, 1864  Stationed at Whitesboro, Alabama

November 17th  Action near Maysville and near New Market, Ala.

November 19th and 20th  Skirmish with the enemy at Duckett’s Plantation, near Paint Rock River, and near New Market, Alabama.

November 25 -27th  Moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn. and took part in the defense of fortifications, picket duty, guarding supply trains, and occasional skirmishing with enemy. The regiment is assigned to the 1st Brigade, Defences of the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland.

January 15th, 1865  Traveled by rail to Huntsville, Alabama. Arrived there on the 18th and was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland.

March 23rd  Took up line of march by rail traveling through East Tennessee, until reaching Knoxville on March 25th.

March 26th  Proceeded to Strawberry Plains and marched to New Market, Tenn. the next day.

March 29th  Marched to Painter’s Springs and to Russelville the day afterward.

March 31st  Arrived at Bull’s Gap and stayed until April 4th, when it marched through Greenville and then Rayton on the following day.

April 7th  Arrived at Jonesboro and remained there until April 20th.

April 27th  Returned to Nashville and remained encamped there until June 16th.

June 16th  Traveled by rail cars to Johnsonville. There the regiment, along with the rest of the corps, boarded steam transports and traveled the Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers until disembarking on June 24th at New Orleans, Louisiana. The detachment of men from the original Fourth Michigan Infantry joins the regiment there and they remain in New Orleans until July 6th. The regiment is now attached to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps.

July 6th  The regiment boards steam transports and set out for Indianola, Texas, where they arrive on July 10th.

July 10th  March towards Green Lake and arrive there on the next day and the regiment becomes part of the Dept. of Texas to May, 1866. The regiment remains there until September 11th and is attached to the Dept. of Texas for the remainder of it’s military service.

September 11th   Set out for San Antonio and march a distance of one hundred and seventy miles and reach Salada Creek, eight miles from San Antonio, on the 24th. They remain there for two months before being ordered into the city for provost duty.

May 26th, 1866  The Reorganized Fourth Michigan Infantry is mustered out of Federal service and proceeds to Galveston, Texas. There, it takes the steamer to New Orleans, Louisiana, and from there to Cairo, Illinois. At Cairo the regiment boards the rail cars and travels to Detroit, Michigan, where it was paid off and disbanded on June 10th.