6th Missouri Volunteer Infantry

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6th Missouri Volunteer Infantry
Active June 15, 1861 to August 17, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Siege of Corinth
Yazoo Pass Expedition
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Champion Hill
Siege of Vicksburg, May 19 & May 22 assaults
Chattanooga Campaign
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Dallas
Battle of New Hope Church
Battle of Allatoona
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Atlanta
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Sherman's March to the Sea
Carolinas Campaign
Battle of Bentonville

The 6th Missouri Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 6th Missouri Infantry was organized at St. Louis, Missouri June 15 - July 9, 1861 and mustered in for three years service.

The regiment was attached to Pilot Knob, Missouri, to September 1861. Fremont's Army of the West to January 1862. Department of the Missouri to April 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th. Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, District of Memphis, Tennessee, to November 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Right Wing, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to November 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Right Wing, XIII Corps, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to July 1865.

The 6th Missouri Infantry mustered out of service on August 17, 1865.

Detailed service[edit]

Ordered to Pilot Knob, Mo., July 19, 1861, and duty there until September. Moore's Mills August 29. Moved to Jefferson City, then to Tipton, Mo. Fremont's campaign against Springfield, Mo., October and November. Moved to Tipton and Lamine and guarded Pacific Railroad from Syracuse to Jefferson City until April 1862. Action at Sink Pole Woods March 23, 1862 (Company A). Expedition in Moniteau County and skirmish March 25–28 (Companies A & C). Sink Pole Woods April 20. Moved to Pittsburg Landing April 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Coldwater, Miss., May 11. March to Memphis, Tenn., via Lagrange, Holly Springs, and Moscow June 3-July 21. Duty at Memphis until November. Expedition to Coldwater and Hernando, Miss., September 9–13. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November–December. "Tallahatchie March" November 26-December 12. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26–28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3–10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10–11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 13–22, and duty there until March. Expedition to Rolling Fork via Muddy Steele's and Black Bayous and Deer Creek March 4–27. Demonstration on Haines and Drumgould's Bluffs April 29-May 2, Haines Bluff May 1. Moved to join army in rear of Vicksburg, Miss., via Richmond and Grand Gulf May 2–16. Battle of Champion Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4–10. Siege of Jackson July 10–17. Brandin Station July 19. At Big Black until September 25. Moved to Memphis, then marched to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 25-November 21. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20–29. Bear Creek, Tuscumbia, October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23–27. Brown's Ferry November 23. Foot of Missionary Ridge November 24. Tunnel Hill, Missionary Ridge, November 24–25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26–27. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 5. Expedition to Tellico Plains December 6–13. March to Chattanooga, Tenn., December 13–17; then to Bridgeport, Ala., December 19. Garrison duty in Alabama until May 1864. Atlanta Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8–13. Battle of Resaca May 14–15. Advance on Dallas May 18–25. Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church, and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Bushy Mountain June 15–17. Assault on Kennesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2–5. Chattahoochie River July 6–17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel July 28. Hood's 2nd sortie. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy's Station September 2–6. Operations in northern Georgia and northern Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Near Clinton November 21–23. Oconee River November 25. Statesboro December 3. Siege of Savannah December 10–21. Fort McAllister December 13. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April. Duck Branch, near Loper's Cross Roads, S.C., February 2. Salkehatchie Swamps February 3–5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12–13. Columbia February 16–17. Battle of Bentonville, N.C., March 20–21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10–14, Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review of the Armies May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June. Duty there and at Little Rock, Ark., until August.


The regiment lost a total of 269 men during service; 4 officers and 80 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 182 enlisted men died of disease.


  • Colonel James Harvey Blood
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ira Boutell - commanded at the battle of Champion Hill
  • Lieutenant Colonel Delos Van Deusen - commanded during the Carolinas Campaign

Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Bailey, George W. Lest We Forget, To Whom It May Concern: Read February 6, 1915 (St. Louis, MO: Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Missouri), 1915.
  • Bailey, George W. A Private Chapter of the War, (1861-5) (St. Louis, MO: G. I. Jones and Co.), 1880.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
  • This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.