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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 1 3 1 Browse Search
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, who commands the colored division; and while there our brave friend, Colonel McLaughlin, arrived. He commands a brigade. He rode back with us to see the colored soldiers, who had been placed in line that I might see them. The line extended nearly a mile. There were upwards of five thousand men, each of the six regiments being full. After promising Colonel McLaughlin to visit his camp in the afternoon, to witness dress-parade, we parted. I attended divine service in the camp. Rev. Garland White, an enlisted colored man, who had just been commissioned chaplain, led the service. He was raised by Hon. Robert Toombs, of Georgia, and often went to Washington with him. This preacher has the respect and confidence of the men. This regiment suffered greatly at the explosion of the mine, or, as it is called in the army, the crater. Just before going in, Colonel Russell requested the chaplain to address the men, which he did eloquently and with effect. He said: Be brave, do your dut
nattached companies heavy artillery Seven (7) companies cavalry Nine Months Men. Seventeen (17) regiments infantry . 16,685 One Hundred Days Men. Five (5) regiments infantry Nine (9)unattached companies infantry 5,461 Ninety Days Men. Thirteen (13) unattached companies infantry 1,209 Men in the Navy. Number for one year 8,074 Number for two years 3204 Number for three years 13,929 Term not given 956 Number enlisted from Dec. 1, 1864, up to and including August, 1865. 26,163 White volunteers 2,741 Colored volunteers 1,308 Regulars 432 Seamen 154 Marines 12 Veteran reserve corps 266 4,913 Total 159,165 In the above we have not included the five companies which joined the New-York Mozart Regiment in 1861, nor the recruits who entered the Ninety-ninth New-York Regiment, under Colonel Wardrop, formerly commanding the Massachusetts Third Regiment in the three months service in 1861, which, if added, would make the aggregate within a fraction of 160,000 men.