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 Posted: Sun Feb 1st, 2009 07:49 pm
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I AM LOOK FOR MY GGG GRAND FATHER CHARLES SPEARS JOINT THE 7TH  MICH INF JAN 22 1864 WOUNDED MAY 20 1864  ANY ONE HAVE ANY INFO IT WOULD  GREAT



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Looks like his regiment was there for some of the tough ones.

He's from the city of Lapeer and rather old for a CW soldier (35). Entered and left the war as a Private.

Unit history:

SERVICE.--Guard duty along the upper Potomac until December, 1861. Near Edward's Ferry October 22. Moved to Muddy Branch December 4, and duty there until March, 1862. Moved to Harper's Ferry, thence to Charleston and Berryville March 12-15. To Harper's Ferry, thence to Washington, D.C., March 24, and to the Virginia Peninsula March 27. Peninsula Campaign April to August. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. West Point May 7-8. Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Duty at Harrison's Landing until August 16. Action at Malvern Hill August 5. Movement from Harrison's Landing to Alexandria August 15-28, thence to Fairfax Court House August 28-31. Cover Pope's retreat from Bull Run to Washington. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September 22, and duty there until October 30. Advance up the Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 11-15. Forlorn hope to cross the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg December 11. Duty at Falmouth, Va., until April, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. On detached duty at New York City during draft disturbances August 20-September 12. rejoined army at Culpeper, Va. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Stevensburg until May, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 4-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, "Bloody Angle," May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12, Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration on north side of the James River July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of James at Deep Bottom August 13-20. Strawberry Plains August 14-18. Ream's Station August 25. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins' House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Boydton Road March 30-31. Crow's House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Burkesville until May 2. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 2-12, Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 16-22, thence to Jeffersonville, Ind. Mustered out July 5, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 11 Officers and 197 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 186 Enlisted men by disease. Total 397.

ALSO:

The Seventh left Monroe Sept. 5, 1861, with 884 officers and enlisted men, under the command of Colonel Ira B. Grosvenor to join the Army of the Potomac. The next month after its arrival at the front, the Regiment took part in the battle of Ball's Bluff.

In the spring of 1862 the Regiment was assigned to the Third Brigade, Second Division, Second Corps in the Peninsular Campaign. It fought at Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Malvern Hill, and Manassas.

Colonel Norman J. Hall was commissioned to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Colonel Grosvenor, assuming command in July 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
When called to assume command of the Brigade, Col Hall says (in his report) that he left Captain Hunt in command of the Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Baxter having been disabled by wounds.

The remainder of the War:
The Seventh gained an enviable reputation at Fredericksburg in Dec., 1862 when it was first to cross the Rappahannock River in pontoon boats under the fire of opposing sharpshooters, and drove the Confederate skirmishers from their cover. Col Baxter was wounded in the lead of the Regiment.

At Gettysburg on the 2nd of July, being they were assigned to a position on Cemetery Ridge, which it retained until the close of battle on the 3rd. The Regiment took 14 officers and 151 men into action, and lost 21 killed and 44 wounded.

In August the Regiment was sent to New York to aid in supressing the Draft Riots there. In October it was again with the Army of the Potomac, and remained through Appomattox.



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