2nd Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment

2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment

The 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment was first constituted on 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry. It was organized on 20 October 1861 at Fort Hamilton, New York. During the American Civil War, the 12th Infantry Regiment as a whole fought in campaigns with the Army of the Potomac, and played pivotal roles in some of the greatest battles of the war. Its first engagement at Gaines' Mills, Virginia, between 27 and 28 June 1862, was notable for the Regiment's losses of almost 50 percent. After the war, the unit was reorganized and redesignated on 7 December 1866 as Company B, 12th Infantry.

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