11th Wisconsin Regiment Demographics and More

I wish I had found this article before my book was published. I was going through The Quiner Papers on my iPad and while looking through Vol. 2 I found a newspaper clipping that was apparently misplaced under the 8th Wisconsin Regiment. Anyway, the article was a breakdown of the data offered in the regiment’s “descriptive books,” which I have and broke down some of this data myself. Here’s what this Janesville Newspaper article came up with:

The Average weight of the regiment while at Camp Randall in 1861: 151 pounds. The heaviest being Company A at 157LBS.

The Average height: 5’8 1/2″. The tallest being Company B at 5′ 9 1/2″

The tallest man at 6’6″ tall and I meed to find out who that is I’m pretty sure I have it written down somewhere.

603 men listed themselves as “farmers” out of 1038, or 58%.

Another interesting piece of data, the Quartermaster at Camp Randall reported that during the previous 4 months he has but one soldier who could not read.

Anyway, that’s it!

About Chris

I am a high school history teacher in Colorado and am finishing my masters in history from APU. My book The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War: A Regimental History was published by McFarland & Co. in 2008.