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Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 1: organization of the regiment. (search)
Colonel, Edward W. Hinks, of Lynn; Lieutenant Colonel, Arthur F. Devereux, of Salem; Major, Henry J. Howe, of Haverhill; Surgeon, J. Franklin Dyer, of Gloucester; ny B. Captain, Elijah P. Rogers, of Newbury; First Lieut., John Hodges, Jr., of Salem; Second Lieut., James T. Lurvey, of Lowell. Company C. Captain, Joseph Scott Todd, of Rowley; First Lieut., George W. Batchelder, of Salem; Second Lieut., Samuel S. Prime, of Rowley. Company D. Captain, James D. Russell, of Boston; First Lieut., Moncena Dunn, of Roxbury; Second Lieut., John P. Reynolds, Jr., of Salem. Company E. Captain, Andrew Mahoney, of Boston; First Lieut., David Lee, of Lancampany H. Captain, William H. Wilson, of Boston; First Lieut., Henry A. Hale, of Salem; Second Lieut., William H. LeCain, of Boston. Company I. Captain, Jonathan FLieut., Christopher C. Sampson, of Boston; Second Lieut., William L. Palmer, of Salem. Company K. Tiger Fire Zouaves, of Boston; Captain, Ansel D. Wass; First Lie
ended making the regiment the best that the state had furnished. Dress parade was then called, the last one in camp, and the regiment, 791 in number, filed on board the cars, already waiting at the side of the camp ground. Everybody was cheering. Hasty farewells were said, and the train slowly started over the South Reading Branch of the Eastern railroad. The farmhouses along the route were alive with people who shouted and waved handkerchiefs in farewell to the troops. The station at Salem was filled with the friends and relatives of the men; a salute was fired from a small cannon and the officers were presented with bouquets. There was no time for a special demonstration, however, and the train went on to Lynn, the home of Colonel Hinks, en route to Boston, where a great crowd greeted it. The regimental wagon train then was larger than that of an army corps in active service later. Each company had a four-horse wagon, headquarters two, quartermaster four. There were in
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 4: the balls Bluff disaster. (search)
at Edward's Ferry, aside from the conflict at Ball's Bluff. On Monday morning, October 21, two pieces of Rickett's battery crossed at Edward's Ferry with 30 men of the New York VanAllan cavalry. These were followed by the First Minnesota, part of the Twentieth New York, the Seventh Michigan and Thirty-fourth New York. One company of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, Company K, (the Tiger Zouaves), under Capt. Wass and Major Howe, and the Andrew Sharpshooters, under Capt. Saunders, of Salem, also crossed the river. The whole command was under Brig. Gen. Gorman, and the object was to make a reconnoissance along Goose Creek. Early in the day the VanAllan cavalry made a reconnoisance, meeting a regiment of the enemy who fired upon them from the woods. This was returned with good effect. The field here, as at Ball's Bluff, was surrounded on three sides by woods. On the right was a cornfield on part of which the corn had been cut and stacked, while the remainder was standing
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 20: to Falmouth, in pursuit of Lee. Burnside supersedes McClellan. (search)
ringent orders were read from the division commander, forbidding foraging. At sunset the men encamped at the entrance to Snicker's Gap. It being McClellan's intention to throw himself between Stonewall Jackson in the valley and Lee at Culpepper, on Nov. 6 the direction of the march was changed to the southeast and the troops reached Rectortown late in the afternoon, in the midst of a snow storm. The men awoke on the following morning to find three inches of snow upon their blankets. Salem was reached on the 8th and Warrenton on the 9th, the men having been repeatedly formed in line of battle, owing to the proximity of the rebel cavalry. All through the first part of this march the men lived quite well, finding many springhouses rich with cheese, butter, milk and eggs and occasionally a jar of apple butter. It happened luckily, as rations gave out early and none were issued until Rectortown was reached. On that day, while halted, just after leaving Snicker's Gap, the Brigad
he reception to the Nineteenth Massachusetts, and Colonel Devereux also spoke. At two o'clock the regiment started for Salem, via the Eastern Railroad. At every station on the road, booming guns, ringing bells cheering, and joyous shouts greeted the train. It stopped just outside the city of Salem and the men alighted, formed line and marched into the city from the South Fields amid the firing of cannon, the ringing of bells and the cheering of a great crowd of people. After a short parah the principal streets, the regiment was taken to Essex Hall, where another bountiful spread was served by the ladies of Salem; but, having eaten so much in Boston, the men did not eat heartily here. There was a Welcome Home speech from the mayor of Salem, another from General Sutton of the Cadets, brilliant music and an outpouring of love and warm greetings. From the hall the regiment marched to the common where it exhibited its perfect discipline and matchless skill in a drill and dress