3rd Colorado Infantry Regiment

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3rd Colorado Infantry Regiment
ActiveSeptember 1862-October 1863
DisbandedOctober 1863
Country United States
Allegiance Colorado
Branch United States Army
PatronWilliam Larimer
CommanderJames Hobart Ford

The 3rd Colorado Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment during the American Civil War from the state of Colorado.[1] In October 1863, the 3rd Colorado Infantry was consolidated with the 2nd Colorado Infantry Regiment and the subsequent formation was re-designated as the 2nd Colorado Cavalry Regiment.[1][2]


In the fall of 1862, Governor John Evans began organizing the 3rd Colorado Infantry Regiment.[1][3] Starting in September companies were organized under direction of the regiment's first commander Colonel William Larimer, and his deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel S. Curtis.[2] The regiment was garrisoned at Camp Weld during its training.[2] During the regiment's formation, there was an understanding that Col. Larimer's command was temporary as the regiment's command was intended for James H. Ford, who was serving with 2nd Colorado Infantry Regiment.[3] However there was fierce competition for recruits in the Colorado territory and Col. Larimer was only able to raise five companies and portions of sixth.[3] In December, Col. Larimer resigned his position in the regiment.[3]


On March 5, 1863, the 3rd Colorado Infantry Regiment departed Camp Weld and marched to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of Rebellion. Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America: Dyer Publishing Company. pp. 1004–6. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Ferril, William Columbus, ed. (1911). Sketches of Colorado: Being an Analytical Summary and Biographical History of the State of Colorado. Denver, Colorado, United States of America: Western Press Bureau. pp. 31–33. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Elswick, M.S. (26 April 2001). "Colorado Volunteers Civil War". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  • Public Domain This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.