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Four companies of this regiment were organized, before the order came to discharge all unmustered recruits, under Lieutenant Colonel Pugh. They were sent to St. Louis and to Leavenworth, Kansas where they were transferred to the Fifty-first Wisconsin, by order of the War Department, on the 10th of June, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel Johnson, of the Fifteenth Regiment was commissioned as Colonel of the Fifty-third but did not muster. 
First Assistant Surgeon Jones was transferred to the Fifty-first Regiment, and Company A was transferred to the Fifty-first, Company G, B as Company H, C as Company K, and D as Company L.
These companies were mustered out with the Fifty-first Regiment.
Regimental Statistics.- Original strength, 380. Gain -by recruits in 1865, 9; total, 389. Loss -by death, 8; deserted, 14; transferred, 5; discharged, 47; mustered out, 315.