Grand Army of the Republic
7 Michigan Infantry 1927 Reunion Badge

Offered is a great badge worn by a veteran of the 7th Michigan Infantry at their 1927 reunion held in Monroe, Michigan.  The 7th Michigan Infantry was a hard fighting unit in the Army of the Potomac with all the major battles the Army of the Potomac fought on their resume.  This super badge has as a hanger a large celluloid pin back button (approximately 2 1/4 inches) with the likeness of Colonel G.W. La Pointe on it.  Three ribbons are attached to the hanger.  The first ribbon is red and has "7th Mich. Inf." written on it in gold colored ink.  The second ribbon is white and has "Monroe, Mich." written on it in gold colored ink, and the third ribbon is blue with "June 14, 1927" written on it with gold colored ink.  The badge was made by the St. Louis Button COmpany of St. Louis, Missouri as noted on the manufacturer's label located on the back of the pin back button.  

George W. LaPointe

Residence Monroe County MI; 19 years old.

Enlisted on 6/19/1861 at Monroe, MI as a Private.

On 8/22/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. MI 7th Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 7/5/1865 at Jeffersonville, IN

He was listed as:
* Wounded 5/13/1864 Spotsylvania Court House, VA

* Sergt 11/2/1861 
* 2nd Lieut 9/18/1862 
* 1st Lieut 5/20/1863 
* Capt 9/21/1863 (As of Co. C)
* Lt Colonel 10/12/1864 
* Colonel 4/2/1865 by Brevet 

The 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 11 officers and 197 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 186 enlisted men by disease. The regiment is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

August 22Organized at Monroe, Mich. and mustered in under Colonel Ira Rufus Grosvenor
September 5Left State for Washington, D.C. with 884 officers and enlisted men; Attached to Lander’s Brigade, Army of the Potomac
OctoberAttached to Lander’s Brigade, Stone’s Division, Army of the Potomac
September – DecemberGuard duty along the upper Potomac
October 22Near Edward’s Ferry
December 4Moved to Muddy Branch and duty there. Colonel Grosvenor took command of the brigade as senior colonel.
MarchAttached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
March 12-15Moved to Harper’s Ferry, thence to Charleston and Berryville
March 24To Harper’s Ferry, then to Washington, D.C
March 27To the Virginia Peninsula
April to AugustPeninsula Campaign
April 5-May 4Siege of Yorktown
May 7-8West Point
May 31-June 1Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines
June 25-July 1Seven days before Richmond
June 29Peach Orchard and Savage Station
June 30
White Oak Swamp and Glendale

Lieutenant Charles Hunt was wounded

July 1Malvern Hill
July 7Colonel Grosvenor resigned “due to the impoverished state of my health.”
July 14Lieutenant Norman J. Hall, USA (USMA 1859), former Acting AAG on the staff of Brigadier General John G. Barnard, was commissioned colonel of the 7th Michigan.
July 2 – August 16Duty at Harrison’s Landing
August 5Action at Malvern Hill
August 15-28Movement from Harrison’s Landing to Alexandria
August 28-31To Fairfax Court House; Cover Pope’s retreat from Bull Run to Washington.
September 4Captain Henry W. Nall was transferred to the 24th Michigan and appointed major.
September 6-22Maryland Campaign
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The 7th Michigan was commanded by Colonel Norman Hall. Colonel Hall took over the brigade as senior colonel when General Dana was wounded and was himself wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Baxter was wounded by this time, and Captain Charles J. Hunt took over the regiment.

From the brigade marker at Antietam:

Dana’s Brigade, following Gorman’s in column of attack, passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the Hagerstown Pike, about 50 yards in rear of Gorman, and entered the West Woods, where its advance was checked about 40 yards east of this point.

Its left flank having been attacked and turned, by McLaws’ and Walker’s Divisions, it was compelled to retire.

A portion of the Brigade, with the 1st Minnesota Infantry, occupied a line near the Nicodemus house which it held for a time until, its flank having been again turned, it retired to the woods and fields east of the Hagerstown Pike.

September 22Moved to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. and duty there
October 30-
November 17
Advance up the Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.
December 11-15
Battle of Fredericksburg

The 7th Michigan was the first regiment to cross the Rappahannock River in pontoon boats under the fire of Confederate sharpshooters. It then drove the Confederate skirmishers from their cover, allowing a pontoon bridge to be constructed. Lieutenant Colonel Baxter was wounded in the attack.

December 11Forlorn hope to cross the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg
DecemberDuty at Falmouth, Va.
April 27-May 6Chancellorsville Campaign
May 3Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg
May 3-4Salem Heights
June 11-July 24Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The 7th Michigan was commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Amos Steele, Jr. while Colonel Hall commanded the brigade as senior colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Steele was killed on July 3rd, and Major Sylvanus W. Curtis took command. The 7th brought 165 men to the field, losing 21 killed and 44 wounded.

From the regimental monument near the Copse of Trees at Gettysburg: 

Regiment held this position during the engagement of July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. On the evening of the 2nd changed front to the left, meeting and aiding in driving back the enemy. On the 3rd assisted in repulsing Pickett’s Charge, changing front to the right and assaulting the advancing force in flank.

Present for duty 14 officers 151 men. Total 165. Casualties, 2 officers 19 men killed; 3 officers 41 men wounded. Total 65.

July 5-24Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.
August 20-
September 12
On detached duty at New York City during draft disturbances
October 9-22Rejoined army at Culpeper, Va. Bristoe Campaign
October 14Bristoe Station
November 7-8Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 26-December 2Mine Run Campaign
DecemberAttached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps
DecemberAt Stevensburg
May 4-June 15Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8Laurel Hill
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Captain George W. LaPointe was wounded in the right knee.

May 10Po River
May 12Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,”
May 23-26North Anna River
May 26-28On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31Totopotomoy
June 3
Battle of Cold Harbor
June 4Colonel Hall was discharged due to chronic dysentery, chills and fever. He would die in May of 1867.
June 16-18First Assault on Petersburg
June 16Siege of Petersburg begins
June 22-23Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad
July 27-29Demonstration on north side of the James River
July 27-28Deep Bottom
August 13-20Demonstration north of James at Deep Bottom
August 14-18Strawberry Plains
August 25Ream’s Station
October 13Captain George W. LaPointe of Company C was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
October 27-28
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
November 18Lieutenant Colonel George W. La Pointe was promoted to colonel but was not mustered due to the reduced sized of the regiment.
February 5-7Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run
March 25Watkins’ House
March 28-April 9Appomattox Campaign
March 30-31Boydton Road
March 31Crow’s House
April 2Fall of Petersburg
April 3-9Pursuit of Lee
April 6Sailor’s Creek
April 7High Bridge and Farmville
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 10 – May 2At Burkesville
May 2-12Moved to Washington, D.C.
May 23Grand Review
June 16-22Moved to Louisville, Ky., then to Jeffersonville, Ind.
July 5Mustered out

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