Organized February 5, 1862; consolidated with remnants of 48th (Voorhies') and other regiments not captured at Fort Donelson to form 48th (Nixon's) Tennessee Infantry, April, 1862.
The regiment was in the process of being mustered in at Nashville, on February 5, 1862, when several companies were ordered away before the muster was completed, with the result that the records are incomplete. The whereabouts of the regiment from this time until April 1862 is not known, as the regiment is not listed at all in the Official Records. Unofficial information is that the regiment moved first to Kentucky, from there to Fort Donelson, where it escaped, but was almost disbanded. It is not included in the list of forces at Fort Donelson as found in the Official Records.
In April 1862, it was at Camp Hill, near Corinth, Mississippi, where it was consolidated with that portion of the 48th (Voorhies') and other regiments who were not captured at Fort Donelson. The further records of the men who comprised the 54th Regiment are filed with the records of 48th (Nixon's) Tennessee Infantry Regiment.
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