'The Marching Twelfth'
On August of 1861 the Twelfth was formed under the command of Colonel George E. Bryant of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. The 12th Wisconsin joined General Lane's "Southwest Expedition," in March of 1862. In June, the Regiment joined forces with General Halleck in the 17th Army Corps in Tennessee and fought the Rebels against guerilla actives until May of 1863 when they joined forces at the gates of Vicksburg.
The 12th Wisconsin 'Veteranized' in the spring of 1864 and joined the banner of General William T. Sherman on his quest for Atlanta. Upon his accomplishments in Georgia, General Sherman took is Army, along with the now 'Fighting Twelfth,' to march to the sea in November of 1864. The 12th Wisconsin participated in the occupation of Savannah.
The Twelfth's last battle was at Bentonville, N. C. in March of 1865 to end their participation of the War.
The 'Marching Twelfth' marched their last at the 'Grand March' in Washington D. C. in June of 1865 and muster out of service in Louisville, Kentucky.