Upon being released from the captivity by the British at the port of Boston in 1813, the 4th Infantry Regiment was furloughed by their prior commander now General Boyd. Early in 1813 the regiment reassembled and recruited to strength. It fought at the second Battle of Lacolle Mills , Canada and at Plattsburgh in 1814. However at the end of the War of 1812, with the reduction in forces, the Regiment was consolidated with several other Regiments to form the 5th Infantry Regiment.
The year was 1815 and the Warriors of the 4th Infantry Regiment again mustered together as part of the United States Army from several other Regiments to form the new 4th Infantry Regiment. Soldiers and Officers from the 18th Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiments and the 36th Infantry Regiment and 38th Infantry Regiments were consolidated as well as new recruits to form this new unit.
1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment is partnered with U.S. National Guard units and military units from Foreign Countries to replicate the Opposing Forces (OPFOR) for training NATO and US forces at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
ALLIED SPIRIT I
2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment (Fort Polk) has deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2005-2014. The Battalion and individual Companies have received recognition for their service when deployed. Below is a list of the Unit Awards and dates:
AWARD PERIOD OF SERVICE UNIT
Valorous Unit Award 20 JUL - 31 JUL 2011 Detachment, HHC 2-4 IN
Valorous Unit Award 20 JUL - 31 JUL 2011 Co A, 2-4 IN (Streamer Authorized)
Meritorious Unit Commendation 10 MAR - 22 NOV 2006 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment
After many hours of research and help from friends and fellow Warriors, I have accumulated a list of books I would like to recommend anyone that is interested in learning about the history of the Regiment. Here are a few and I will continue to update the list: (Click the photo for a link to the book.)
"A journal of two campaigns of the Fourth Regiment of U. S. Infantry: in the Michigan and Indiana territories, under the command of Col. John P. Boyd, ... Col. James Miller, during the years 1811 & 12" by Adam Walker
"The battle of Tippecanoe: Historical sketches of the famous field upon which General William Henry Harrison won renown that aided him in reaching the ... and election of General Benjamin Harrison" by Reed Beard