NORMANSTONE

Robert W. McGuire, Jr.

19th U.S. Infantry Regiment

The Nineteenth Infantry was organized in conformity with the President’s proclamation of May 4, 1861, and the officers were assigned to the regiment in pursuance of General Order No. 33 A.G.O. dated June 18, 1861

Regimental headquarters was established at Indianapolis, IN where LTC Edward A. King assumed command on July 10, 1861. Companies A and B joined MG Don Carlos Buell’s Army of Ohio in February 1862 which marched on Nashville, occupying it on March 2, 1862, Following this, they were ordered to join Gen U.S. Grant’s Army at Pittsburg Landing to assist in the drive on Corinth, MS.  On New Year’s Eve 1862 they fought in the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, TN as part of the Army of the Cumberland.

In September 1863, the 19th was engaged in the Battle of  Chickamauga for which it received the Special Unit Designation of “Rock of Chickamauga”. In May 1864, the unit began its final campaign with its march to Ringgold GA and Sherman’s march on Atlanta.

Following the War, the 19th entered upon the  unpleasant duty of reconstruction at Little Rock AR. Later the regiment performed duty at Ft. Gibson and Ft Smith, and in Louisiana.

Coat of Arms of the 19th U.S. Army Regiment

Union Regular Army

The last of nine new Infantry Regiments