4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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4th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Michigan.svg
Michigan state flag
Active June 20, 1861, to June 30, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements First Battle of Bull Run
Peninsular Campaign
Second Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Chantilly
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Soldiers from the West in the 4th infantry photographed by Mathew Brady
Company "F", 4th Infantry photographed by Mathew Brady

The 4th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 4th Michigan wore a very americanized zouave uniform. This uniform consisted of a federal dark blue sack coat, dark blue chasseur trousers, tan gaiters, and a maroon zouave fez with a light blue tassle.


The 4th Michigan Infantry was organized at Adrian, Michigan and mustered into Federal service for a three-year enlistment on June 20, 1861. The regiment's first lieutenant colonel was a future prominent politician and civil engineer, William Ward Duffield. Several other soldiers in the regiment reached post-war prominence, including state politician George Spalding, who enlisted as a private in Company A.

The regiment was mustered out on June 30, 1864. The regiment's veterans and recruits were assigned to the 1st Michigan Infantry.[1]

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The regiment suffered 12 officers and 177 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 107 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 297 fatalities.[2]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  • Barrett, Orvey S. Reminiscences, Incidents, Battles, Marches and Camp Life of the Old 4th Michigan Infantry in War of Rebellion, 1861 to 1864. Detroit, Michigan: W.S. Ostler, 1888.
  • Bertera, Martin. The 4th Michigan Infantry at the Battle of New Bridge, Virginia. Wyandotte. Michigan: M. Bertera, 2002.
  • Bertera, Martin N, and Kim Crawford. The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2010.
  • Turner, George H. Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865; Record of Fourth Michigan Infantry in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1993.

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