ORIGINAL HISTORY - 7th Missouri Infantry (3 Year Vol's.)
Hailed as the "Irish Seventh" because of it's principal ethnic component, the 7th Missouri Volunteer Infantry mustered into United States service at St. Louis, Missouri in June of 1861. They did duty at the St. Louis Arsenal, spending its time drilling and preparing for future service in the field.
The regiment moved to Boonville in July, and stayed at that place until the end of August, at which time it moved south to participate in General John C. Fremont's Springfield Campaign.
In November, Companies "B, F, and H" of the Seventh Missouri were sent to Kansas City, Missouri with orders to report to that city's Commanding Officer. These three Companies found themselves operating against the Infamous William Quantrill and his band of Missouri Guerrillas. Several pitched battles being fought before rejoining the regiment in late February of 1862.
Following a winter of guard duty at Sedalia and Lexington, Missouri, the regiment was sent east to join General Ulysses S. Grants "Army of the Tennessee". They earned high praise at the Battle of Medon Station in Tennessee and again distinguished themselves during the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi.
In 1863 the "Irish Seventh" joined in Grants envelopment and siege of Vicksburg, trading volleys with rebels at such memorable engagements as Port Gibson, Bayou Pierrie, Raymond, and Champion Hills.
At Vicksburg the regiment took part in the two great assaults of that place. It was during the assault of May 22nd that the Seventh would prove itself a "Fighting Regiment". Leading "Stevenson's Brigade", they advanced with muskets and scaling ladders to the very base of the rebel works. Planting their Irish Green Regimental Banner into these works, the Seventh Missouri held their ground until the orders to withdraw were given. The colors were saved and history records the Seventh as advancing the farthest that day. The regiment served in the trenches during the ensuing siege and shirked neither in duty nor courage.
After the fall of Vicksburg, the regiment garrisoned the town throughout 1863 and until early 1864. While here, they participated in many expeditions and smaller campaigns.
In June of 1864 the regiment began dissolving, since an insufficient number of its members wanted to re-enlist for the duration as "Veteran Volunteers". The 150 men who did re-enlist were consolidated into a Battalion of 3 Companies and served at Vicksburg and Memphis.
By late summer of 1864, the 7th Missouri Veteran Volunteers was sent to Arkansas and assigned into a Demi Brigade with the 30th Missouri Infantry. Now part of the "Missouri Irish Brigade", they served for the most part, guard and occupation duty in Arkansas and Louisiana, and participating in a small fight around Clinton Louisiana.
In the Fall of 1864, shortly after the Clinton Fight, the "Missouri Irish Brigade" was reorganized and absorbed into a much larger brigade. The 7th Missouri was Consolidated with the 30th Missouri after that regiments reduction.
Now known as the "Consolidated Battalion 7th and 30th Missouri Volunteers", the boys of the now so called "Missouri Irish Battalion" participated in numerous expeditions throughout the Confederate Trans-Mississippi.
In December, the orders of Consolidation were reversed and the 7th Missouri Veteran Volunteers were sent to Franklin, Tennessee. The regiments last march was made shortly after they left Franklin for Nashville, Tennessee. While at this place, the 7th Missouri was officially Consolidated into the 11th Missouri Veteran Volunteers, Officially mustering out as the 7th Missouri Veteran Volunteers on December 17, 1864.
(The Veterans of the 7th Missouri participated in the Battle of Nashville and Fort Blakely during there service with the 11th Missouri Veteran Volunteer's).
7th Missouri (1861 - 1864)
30th Missouri (1862 - 1865)
Consolidated Battalion - 7th and 30th Missouri Vol's (1864)