These regiments were ordered to the Army of the Potomac, and reported to Lieutenant-General Grant
, only a few days previous to the advance of the army towards Richmond
They suffered severely in officers and men. Colonel Griswold
, of the Fifty-sixth, was killed in the Wilderness
was taken prisoner.
, of the Fifty-ninth, was so severely wounded, as to cause amputation of the leg, of which he died.
was killed in the explosion of what was called ‘the mine.’
, of the Fifty-seventh, was taken prisoner, also, in ‘the mine.’
In addition to the four infantry three years regiments, two new regiments of cavalry were organized and forwarded.
The Fourth, Colonel Arnold A. Rand
, and the Fifth (colored), Colonel Henry S. Russell
, and a new battalion of cavalry for the First Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry, to take the place of the cavalry commanded by Major Stevens
, which had been attached to the Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry.
The Second Battalion of the Fourth Cavalry left Boston
by transport for Hilton Head, S. C.
, under command of Major David B. Keith
, on the 20th of March, and arrived at Hilton Head
The Third Battalion of Cavalry, under command of Major Louis Cabot
, sailed from Boston
on the 23d of April, and arrived at Hilton Head
on the 27th.
These two battalions were immediately transferred to the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, with orders to report to Major-General Butler
, at Fortress Monroe
The First Battalion, which had been for a long time in South Carolina
, was also sent to Virginia
, to report to General Butler
The First and Second Battalions of the Fifth Cavalry left Readville Camp, for Washington
, on the 5th of May; Major Horace N. Weld
, having command of the First, and Major Charles Francis Adams, Jr.
, of the Second; left Boston
, May 6.
The Third Battalion, under command of Major Henry P. Bowditch
, left Readville, for Washington
, on the