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The purpose of this site is to provide a history and resource guide to the XII Corps of the Union Army during the American Civil War. The XII Corps was active from March 1862 until it was reorganized and designated as the XX Corps, in April 1864.
The XII Corps served as part of the United States Army in the Army of the Potomac. It served in several major campaigns of the war, including the Battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Lookout Mountain. Many illustrious officers of the Union Army served as its commanders, division and brigade leaders. General Joseph K. Mansfield, who was mortally wounded at Antietam, was its first commander, and General Henry Warner Slocum was the second commander. Among the division leaders were Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams and Brigadier General John W. Geary. Some of its noted brigade commanders were Brigadier General Thomas H. Ruger, Brigadier General Henry H. Lockwood, Brigadier General Thomas L. Kane, and Brigadier General George Sears Greene.
The XII Corps had only two divisions, instead of the normal three. But among its regiments were some of the finest to serve during the Civil War. A few of these regiments were: the 2nd Massachusetts; the 7th Ohio; the 13th New Jersey; the 28th and 46th Pennsylvania; the 3rd Wisconsin; and the 60th, 78th, 102nd, 137th, and 149th New York regiments.
The XII Corps played a decisive role in the defense of the Union right wing, on Culp's Hill, at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. Yet, the officers and men of the XII Corps received no Medals of Honor. We are beginning a research process to recommend several officers and enlisted men of the XII Corps for our nation's highest honor. Please visit our Medal of Honor Initiative page for up to date information.
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Please see our sister website on the XX Corps and the Army of Georgia: www.ArmyOfGeorgia.com. This website deals principally with the XX Corps and General Sherman's march in the Georgia and Carolinas Campaigns, 1864-1865.
Several prominent officers of the XII Corps were abolitionists or opponents of slavery. Among them were XII Corps commander General Henry Warner Slocum, Brigadier General John White Geary, Commander of the 2nd Division, and Colonel Thomas L. Kane, Commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division. Please visit our website, American Abolitionists: Conscience of the Nation, at: www.AmericanAbolitionists.com.
Finally, we have created a general Civil War website that you might find informative: www.CivilWarLibrary.org.
This site was established on February 23, 2014.
Content last updated January 4, 2016