Initially for my project I was going to follow Wallace W. Wood who enlisted in the union army in Michigan in 1861 but while researching it further I found he was discharged later that year in Baltimore and there were no further documents for him, but I was able to find documents for the company he served in throughout the war so that is my new focus for the research paper. While doing research for the regiment I found a series of documents and sources following the sixth regiment of heavy artillery from where it was mustered in Kalamazoo to Baltimore and various battles throughout the war. I found in my preliminary research on the regiment that they took part in the battle of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and port Hudson. These were three key battles in the civil war for the Union. I also found that this regiment was in service from 1861 to 1865.
The sixth regiment of heavy artillery was formed in Michigan and deployed to various battles throughout the war. I will follow the regiment throughout its actions in the war and the commanders they were under.
- Descriptive rolls of Michigan Civil War units , 1861-1865.
This is a primary source that details the regiments formed in Michigan and where they were deployed and in what battles they served. This source also will help me to better follow the regiment I am focusing on and what I can look for to help follow them battles like a map.
- Regimental service records of the Michigan Adjutant General, 1861-1865.
This primary source gives a detailed record of Michigan regiments and where they served as well as casualties sustained. This will help me to see if this regiment took to many casualties that they were merged with another to make up for it.
- Records relating to Michigan Civil War service records and bounty payments, ca. 1919-1921.
This primary source will give me a list of those who served in the regiment including commanders. This can help me to pinpoint their locations throughout the war and on battle maps.
- The Battle of Baton Rouge, 1862 / by William A. Spedale.
This secondary source details the battle of Baton Rouge, a battle the sixth regiment took part in. it will help me to gain information on the actions of the regiment and how they did in the battle.
- The Battle of New Orleans in history and memory / edited by Laura Lyons McLemore.
This secondary source details the battle of New Orleans another major battle the sixth regiment took part in.
- In camp and battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans : a narrative of events during the late Civil War from Bull Run to Appomattox and Spanish Fort / by Wm. Miller Owen.
This primary source gives details on the final battle I know the sixth regiment took part in, the Spanish Fort.
- Company K’s muster roll, dated October 27,1863, lists the names and ranks of its members, as well as where and when they were wounded, died or were discharged.
This primary source details the initial mustering of the regiment as well as those who were discharged for various reasons which can help me to narrow regions they were deployed and in what battles they fought in.
this is a series of sources put together of union records detailing every battle and regiment that volunteered and served in the war.