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ness, resumed command at the battle of Poplar Grove Church, but only to lose his life in that battle. Three more companies joined the regiment during the summer and fall of 1864. On April 2, 1865, the Seventeenth took part in the storming of the works at Petersburg — its last battle — losing in that action 8 killed, 39 wounded, and 2 missing. It was mustered out July 14, 1865. First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. Tannatt's Brigade — Birney's Division--Second Corps. (1) Col. William B. Greene, W. P. (3) Col. Levi P. Wright. (2) Col. Thomas R. Tannatt, W P., R. A. (4) Col. Nathaniel Shatswell. companies. killed and died of wounds. died of disease, accidents, in Prison, &c. Total Enrollment. Officers. Men. Total. Officers. Men. Total. Field and Staff 1   1 1   1 19 Company A   24 24   13 13 227   B   20 20 1 21 22 232   C   16 16   14 14 233   D   17 17   12 12 206   E 1 16 17   32 32 201   F 1 17 18   26 26 207  
had been ordered, on the 25th of June, to garrison the fort; and, while upon that duty, it was recruited to a full regiment of three years volunteers. Major Samuel H. Leonard commanded the Fourth Battalion; and he was commissioned the colonel of the Thirteenth, the regiment having been recruited by him. It left the State for the front on the 30th day of July, 1861, and was stationed during the year on the line of the Potomac in Maryland. The Fourteenth Regiment was recruited by Colonel William B. Greene, a graduate of West Point, at Fort Warren. He was in Paris with his family when the Rebellion broke out, and immediately returned to his native State, and tendered his services to the Governor. On the 25th of June, he was placed in command of the regiment at Fort Warren, and left Boston with his command on the 7th of August, 1861, for Washington. This regiment was afterwards changed to heavy artillery, and during the war was known as the First Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artill
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
laneur, looking into shop windows as I walked along. March 26. Wrote letters home; visited the Invalides, and saw the new tomb of Napoleon; then visited Mr. William B. Greene and his most intelligent wife, living off beyond the Luxembourg; saw something of that quarter; then dined with Elliot C. Cowdin, a merchant here, once conrse the show was fine; but I have heard the chief parts sung with more effect in Boston by an Italian company. March 31. Rain and unpleasant weather. Dined with Mr. and Mrs. Greene at their lodgings, beyond the Luxembourg. Received to-day an interesting call from the Comte de Circourt. Adolphe de Circourt, who died in 1879,Mrs. Greene at their lodgings, beyond the Luxembourg. Received to-day an interesting call from the Comte de Circourt. Adolphe de Circourt, who died in 1879, at the age of seventy-eight. Ante, vol. i. p. 235. Boston Advertiser, Jan. 10, 1880, which contains Mr. Winthrop's tribute to the count. April 1. Visited the Gobelins; dined at the Cafe Anglais; passed an hour at the reception of Mrs. F. Brooks in the evening; afterwards went to the reception of the Comte de Colonna Walewski,
person was by no means a success, and he left the service early. Compare Walcott's 21st Mass., p. 133. On the other hand, his dislikes were as warm and impetuous as his likings, and he could not always be trusted to exercise patience or justice in dealing with any one who had forfeited his good opinion. Compare Documents in the Case of Maj. Andrew Washburn, late of the 14th Mass. Volunteers, 2d ed., Boston, 1862. This pamphlet includes the remarkable letter of resignation of Col. William B. Greene, 14th Mass. Infantry (1st Heavy Artillery), resenting alleged injustice to his officers. On the evening of the very day on which Governor Andrew's inaugural address was delivered (Jan. 5, 1861) he sent confidential messengers to the governors of the New England States, urging military preparation on the part of all. Col. Albert G. Browne, afterwards the governor's military secretary, was sent to the governors of Maine and New Hampshire; Colonel Wardrop, commander of the 3d Mass.
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 17: the woman's cause 1868-1910 (search)
o grasp and to respond, even as the study of languages brought her the gift of ready speech and pure diction. Her long practice in singing had given her voice strength, sweetness, and carrying power; above all, she was a natural orator, and speaking was a joy to her. The first time she ever made a speech in public was to a group of soldiers of the Army of the Potomac on the occasion of a visit to Washington during the war. She had driven out to visit the camp outside the Capital. Colonel William B. Greene disconcerted her very much by saying, Mrs. Howe, you must speak to my men. She refused, and ran away to hide in an adjacent tent. The Colonel insisted, and finally she managed to make a very creditable little speech to the soldiers. Now, she no longer ran away when called upon to speak. Wherever the work called her, she went gladly; like St. Paul, she was in journeyings often,... in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often ; the journals are full of incidents picturesq
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., First regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. (search)
First regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. (1) Col. William B. Greene. (2) Col. Thomas R. Tannatt. companies. Field and staff.Line.Band.ABCDEFGHIKLMUnassigned Recruits.Totals. Number on regimental rolls,— Officers,24111––––––––––––––135 Enlisted men, Including non-commissioned staff.20–2021722723020119420320417620120419419592,495 Totals,––––––––––––––––2,630 Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.–––746836373915–62 Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.––––1112161–111–16 Totals,–––7579579831026–78 Actual total of members of regiment,— Officers,24111––––––––––––––135 Enlisted men, Including non-commissioned staff.20–2021022222319218919619516819819419218992,417 Totals,––––––––––––––––2,552 The let Mass. Heavy Artillery was recruited as the 14th Mass. Infantry in t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1841. (search)
-months men. So he joined two different classes in Boston, for the purpose of drilling, and said that when he knew enough he should go. But he went at last very suddenly, in July, without having time to arrange his business affairs; for Colonel William B. Greene, who had been his friend for several years, came home from Paris to take part in the war, and, finding this recruit ready, made him his Adjutant at once in the Fourteenth Massachusetts. His letters describe his interview with ColonelColonel Greene, and his enlistment. Fort Warren, July 26, 1861. Then the first day I saw him,--the day he landed,—I told him I would go into the service myself, under him. Two days after he sent to me to know if I was serious in what I had said. And the result was that he took me, green as I was; and says, after four weeks trial, that he does not repent of his choice, and that he thought he could make a soldier of me then, and is sure of it now. So I am entirely satisfied. And if I should
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
he understanding that he should apply for a commission as Assistant Surgeon, instead of a more exposed position in the line. To this limited release, he finally, with reluctance, assented, having previously set his heart upon obtaining a second lieutenancy in a regiment in which some of his former companions were commissioned. After waiting anxiously for a length of time, he finally received a commission as Assistant Surgeon in the Fourteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, commanded by Colonel W. B. Greene, then stationed at Fort Albany; and in February, 1862, he joined the regiment. As month after month rolled by, and while other regiments passed to the front, the Fourteenth still remained stationary to guard the capital, he became very impatient at the continued inaction; and but for the pain he knew he would give his parents, would willingly have taken any position which would bring him into more active service. The dull routine of his duties at Fort Albany was, however, unexpe
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 12: the Church of the Disciples: in war time (search)
camps and hospitals. It was on the occasion of one of these visits that I made my very first attempt at public speaking. I had joined the rest of my party in a reconnoitring expedition, the last stage of which was the headquarters of Colonel William B. Greene, of the First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. Our friend received us with a warm welcome, and presently said to me, Mrs. Howe, you must speak to my men. Feeling my utter inability to do this, I ran away and tried to hide myself in one of the hospital tents. Colonel Greene twice found me and brought me back to his piazza, where at last I stood, and told as well as I could how glad I was to meet the brave defenders of our cause, and how constantly they were in my thoughts. Among my recollections of this period I especially cherish that of an interview with President Abraham Lincoln, arranged for us by our kind friend, Governor Andrew. The President was laboring at this time under a terrible pressure of doubt and anxiety.
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