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5th Vermont Infantry Regiment
Flag of Vermont (1837-1923).svg
Flag of Vermont, 1837–1923
Active September 16, 1861 to June 29, 1865
Allegiance United States United States
Branch United States Army
Union Army
Type Infantry
Size 1,533
Engagements Defense of Washington
Siege of Yorktown
Battle of Williamsburg
Battle of Garnett's & Golding's Farm
Battle of Savage's Station
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Second Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Salem Church
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg
Disbanded July 29, 1865
2nd Brigade (Vermont Brigade), 2nd Division, VI Corps (Union Army), Army of the Potomac/Army of the Shenandoah (Union) VIcorpsbadge2.png

The 5th Vermont Infantry Regiment was a three years' infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 5th Vermont Infantry was part of the Army of the Potomac, in the Vermont Brigade of the Sixth Army Corps. It included a total of 1618 soldiers. The regiment was mustered into Federal service on September 16, 1861, at St. Albans, Vermont. The regiment lost during service: 201 men killed and mortally wounded, 4 died from accident, 1 executed, 21 died in Confederate prisons and 112 died from disease; total loss: 339. The regiment mustered out of service on June 29, 1865.

Camp of the 5th Vermont Infantry, Camp Griffin, Va., 1861
Camp of the 5th Vermont Infantry, Camp Griffin, Va., 1861

Notable soldiers


The 5th Regiment participated in the (listed chronologically) following engagements:

Defense of Washington December 1861 – April 1862
Siege of Yorktown April 5 – May 4, 1862
Battle of Williamsburg May 5, 1862
Battle of Garnett's & Golding's Farm June 26, 1862
Battle of Savage's Station June 29, 1862
Battle of White Oak Swamp June 30, 1862
Battle of Crampton's Gap September 14, 1862
Battle of Antietam September 17, 1862
Battle of Fredericksburg December 13, 1862
Battle of Marye's Heights May 3, 1863
Battle of Salem Church May 4, 1863
Second Battle of Fredericksburg June 5, 1863
Battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1863
Battle of Funkstown July 10, 1863
Battle of Rappahannock Station November 7, 1863
Battle of the Wilderness May 5–10, 1864
Battle of Spotsylvania May 10–18, 1864
Battle of Cold Harbor June 1–12, 1864
Second Battle of Petersburg June 18, 1864
Battle of Reams' Station June 29, 1864
Fort Stevens (Washington, D.C.) July 11, 1864
Battle of Charlestown August 21, 1864
Battle of Opequon (Gilbert's Ford) September 13, 1864
Battle of Winchester (Opequon) September 19, 1864
Battle of Fisher's Hill September 21–22, 1864
Battle of Cedar Creek October 19, 1864
Siege of Petersburg March 25, 1865
Third Battle of Petersburg April 2, 1865

Final Statement

Original members 986
Gain (recruits and transfers) 632
--- Aggregate 1618
--- Losses ---
Killed in action 136
Died of wounds 65
Died of disease 112
Died in Confederate prisons 21
Executed 1
Died from accident 4
Total of Deaths 339
Promoted to other regiments 8
Honorably discharged 447
Dishonorably discharged 12
Deserted 98
Finally unaccounted for 8
Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps and other organizations 91
--- Total Losses 664
Mustered out at various times 615
Total wounded 476
Total taken prisoner 140
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