A Brief history of the 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry

by  Patrick McSherry  
The 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. H
The 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. H
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The following is a brief history of the 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. The unit did not see service outside of the continental U.S.

Unit History:

The unit was mustered into service between May 11 and 14, 1898 at Island Lake, Michigan. At this time, the unit consisted of 47 officers and 966 enlisted men. The regiment was transferred to Tampa, Florida where it arrived on May 22. At Tampa, the regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, First Divsion of the Seventh Army Corps, only to be reassigned on June 11 to the First Brigade, Third Division of Major General Fitzhugh Lee's Fourth Army Corps. On July 20, the regiment departed Tampa for Fernandina, Florida. While the regiment was in Fernandina, an armistce was signed, ending the war's fighting.

On September 3, the 32nd Michigan was transferred to Huntsville, Alabama. Three days later, the regiment was headed back to Island Lake, Michigan. On September 24th the regiment was given a thirty day furlough. 

The unit was mustered out of service between October 2 and November 9, 1898 in Michigan. At the time of muster out the unit consisted of 46 officers and 1,234 enlisted men. The war itself ended on December 10, 1898 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

During its term of service, the unit had 20 enlisted men die of disease, 18 men desert, and 16 men discharged for disability.

The officers and non-commissioned officers of the 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H, about 1900


Clerk of Joint Comittee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899). Vol. 3, 218-220.

Correspondence Relating to the War with Spain Including the Insurrection in the Philippine Islands and the China Relief Expedition April 15, 1898 to July 30, 1902. Vol. 1 (Washington DC: Center for Military History, 1993) 598

Edeline, Denis P., - Photos of 32nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. H.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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