The Maryland Brigade belonged to the Second Division, Fifth Corps, and was composed of the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 8th Maryland Infantry, together with the infantry command known as the Purnell (Md.) Legion.
The latter organization had served previously in the Twelfth Corps; and the brigade, itself, before joining the Fifth Corps, had served in the Eighth, and also in the First Corps.
The 6th Maryland had also served in this brigade for a few months.
The principal losses of the Maryland Brigade occurred while on Grant
's Virginia campaigns of 1864-65, during which it particularly distinguished itself, taking an active part in all the battles of the Fifth Corps. Colonel Dushane
(1st Md.), the commander of the brigade, was killed at the battle of the Weldon Railroad, August 9, 1864.
Different regiments bearing the same number appear in the Maryland
line, owing to the 1st and 2d Maryland Eastern Shore; and the 1st, 2d, and 3d Maryland, Potomac Home Brigade.
The designation of the 1st Maryland, Potomac Home Brigade (Infantry), was changed to 13th Maryland Infantry, April 8, 1865.
There was a cavalry regiment, also, known as the 1st Maryland, Potomac Home Brigade.
The 1st Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, was attached to the Twelfth Corps in 1863, and was hotly engaged at Gettysburg
where it fought with the 1st Maryland C. S. A.