The Fifty-third Regiment was recruited at ‘Camp Stevens,’ at Groton
It left Massachusetts
on the eighteenth day of November, for New York, under command of LieutenantColo-nel Barrett
, with orders to report to Major-General Banks
at New Orleans.
John W. Kimball
, who had served with distinction as major of the Fifteenth Regiment, three years service, was commissioned colonel of the Fifty-third.
Before he could get home from the front, and take command, the regiment had left the State
He joined it, however, at New York, and went with it to Louisiana
The Eleventh Light Battery, to serve for nine months, was recruited by Captain Edward J. Jones
, at ‘Camp Meigs,’ at Readville.
It left Massachusetts
on the third day of October, under command of Captain Jones
, with orders to report for duty to the Adjutant-General
of the army at Washington
This was the only nine months battery raised in the State
Thus, in December, 1862, Massachusetts
had in active service fifty-three regiments of infantry, one regiment and three unattached companies of cavalry, twelve companies of light artillery, two companies of sharpshooters, and three companies of heavy artillery, which were distributed as follows: Twenty-seven regiments of infantry, seven companies of light artillery, two battalions of cavalry, and two companies of sharpshooters, in the Army of the Potomac, and in Virginia
; thirteen regiments of infantry in North Carolina
; thirteen regiments of infantry, five companies of light artillery, and three unattached companies of cavalry, in the Department of the Gulf; one battalion of cavalry at Hilton Head, S. C.
; and three companies of heavy artillery doing garrison duty in the forts in Boston Harbor
The number of three years volunteers who had entered the service from Massachusetts
from the commencement of the war to Dec. 31, 1862, was 46,920; number of nine months men, 19,080; number of three months men, 3,736,—making a total of 69,736 men. During the year 1862, the number of men who entered the navy in Massachusetts
was 5,960, which, added to the number who shipped from April 15 to Dec. 31, 1861 (7,658), makes a total of 13,618 men for whom Massachusetts
received no credit, and who were not