Mustered into service

The 5th was organized at Fort Wayne (now referred to as Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, MI). It was mustered into service with about 900 officers and men on August 28th, 1861.

It was composed of the following companies with their primary recruitment area:

Company Name Recruitment Area
A Sherlock Guard Detroit
B Mt. Clemens Guard Mt. Clemens
C East Saginaw Volunteers East Saginaw
D Pontiac Volunteers Pontiac
E Huron Rangers Port Huron
F Governor’s Guard Detroit
G Washington Guard St. Clair
H Ingersoll Rifles Owosso
I Livingston Volunteers Brighton
K Saginaw City Light Infantry Saginaw City

The regiment left Detroit for Virginia on the 11th of September, 1861, in command of Colonel H. D. Terry. It lay in camp near Alexandria during the winter, having a skirmish with the enemy at Pohick Church, January 9th, 1862, and went with General McClellan to the Peninsula in March, serving in Berry’s brigade, of Kearney’s division, 3d corps.