4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Flag of West Virginia.svg
Flag of West Virginia
Active June 17, 1861, to December 21, 1864
Country United States United States
Allegiance  West Virginia
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Charleston
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Jackson
Battle of Missionary Ridge

The 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 4th West Virginia was mustered into Federal service on June 17, 1861, at Grafton, Point Pleasant, and Mason City, Virginia. It was recruited primarily in Ohio from the counties of Meigs, Gallia, Lawrence and Athens, which contributed seven full companies.[1] Among its early recruits was future United States Congressman John L. Vance, who would rise to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Toward the end of the war, the regiment's re-enlisting veterans were consolidated with the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (3 Year) on December 21, 1864, to form the 2nd West Virginia Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment.


The 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment suffered 3 officers and 80 enlisted men killed or fatally wounded in battle and 2 officers and 156 enlisted men dead from disease, a total of 241 fatalities.[1]



  1. ^ Reid, Whitelaw Ohio in the War, vol. 2, pg. 919


  • The Civil War Archive

See also

External links

  • Autobiography of Dr. Thomas H. Barton, the self-made physician of Syracuse, Ohio, including a history of the Fourth Regt. West Va. Vol. Inf'y, with an account of Col. Lightburn's retreat down the Kanawha Valley, Gen. Grant's Vicksburg and Chattanooga campaigns, together with the several battles in which the Fourth Regiment was engaged, and its losses by disease, desertion and in battle (1890) on the Internet Archive

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