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!


Christopher Wehner is a Civil War historian with his M.A. in United States history emphasis the American Civil War. He is a published author with two books, numerous journal and digital media media publications to his credit. To contact chris, cwehner -at- soldierstudies .org

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  1. Where did Company H, 11 Wisconsin Infantry serve in late 1864 and 1865? I am trying to track down the service record of Nathaniel Grim who was in Co. H, 11WI Inf. from late 1864 until the war was over. Thanks.

    Joe Porter

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