7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment

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7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
Active September 1861 to August 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Olustee
Siege of Fort Pulaski
Battle of James Island
Battery Wagner
Battle of Drewry's Bluff
Siege of Petersburg
Battle of Chaffin's Farm
Second Battle of Fort Fisher

The 7th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Because it was in the same brigade as the 7th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment, both regiments were often jointly called the '77th New England'.


The regiment was organized at New Haven, Connecticut, on September 13, 1861. It mustered out on July 20, 1865, and discharged at New Haven, Connecticut, on August 11, 1865.[1][2]

In October and November 1863, the regiment's status changed. It was equipped as a "boat infantry" for the specific purpose of leading an amphibious night assault on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Although the 7th trained at Folly Island, South Carolina, the project was ultimately ended because it was deemed impractical.[3]

Total strength and casualties[edit]

The Regiment, which numbered 1000 men, lost during service 11 Officers and 157 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 192 Enlisted men by disease. Total 364.


Seagar S. Atwell, Colonel

Enlisted men[edit]

  • Frederick H. Dyer, drummer boy
  • Pvt. Jerome Dupoy of Redding, Connecticut
  • Pvt. John Rowley of Ridgefield, Connecticut. He was found guilty of the murder of Pvt. Jerome Dupoy by General Court Martial and hung on September 3, 1864, in Petersburg, Virginia.[4]
  • Pvt. William Norton, Company C [5]
  • Pvt. Stephen Walkley, Company A of Southington, Connecticut[6]
  • Corporal Edward D. Phelps of New Haven, Ct, Company F, 7th Regiment Ct Volunteer Infantry, Captured at Drury's Bluff, 16 May 1864. POW at Andersonville-survived ref: Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site; Andersonville Prisoners of War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Principal engagements[edit]

See also[edit]



  • Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion - compiled by authority of the General Assembly under the direction of the Adjutants-General Smith, Camp, Barbour, and White. Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Co, 1889 [1]
  • Moore, David M. Seventh Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry: Joe Hawley's Boys - In Their Own Words, a Detailed, Illustrated History of the Regiment and Its Service in the Civil War. Volumes 1 & 2. 2016. 1,204 pages.
  • Walkley, Stephen, History of the Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry : Hawley's Brigade, Terry's Division, Tenth Army Corps 1861-1865, 1905.