, one of the most important points in the defences of Newbern
On March 6, the regiment went with General Prince
's division on an expedition into Jones
and Onslow Counties
, occupying five days, during which it was detailed with other troops twice for important detached service.
On the 8th of April, it joined a column under General Spinola
, and made a forced march to Blount's Creek
; had a slight engagement with the enemy.
During this expedition, the troops marched thirty miles, and had a skirmish with the rebels, in one day.
On the 16th of April, it joined a column under General Prince
, and marched to Coir Creek, remaining six days, during which time several slight skirmishes with the enemy took place.
It was this movement, combined with the operations of another column on the opposite side of the Neuse
, which caused the rebels to evacuate their position in front of Washington, N. C.
, thereby releasing the Forty-fourth Massachusetts from its uncomfortable position.
On the 11th of June, the regiment was ordered to Boston
, and, on the 26th, was mustered out of service by Captain I. K. Lawrence
During the campaign, it was transported by steamers and railroads more than two thousand miles, and marched more than four hundred miles over the swampy roads of North Carolina
, most of it during the most inclement season.
After it was mustered out of service, it assumed its place as part of the militia of Massachusetts
The Fourth Regiment was in the Department of the Gulf, and arrived in New Orleans Feb. 13, 1863.
It was attached to the First Brigade, Third Division, commanded by Colonel Ingraham
, Thirty-eighth Massachusetts Volunteers, and left for Baton Rouge, La.
, March 7.
In the expedition against Port Hudson
, this regiment bore a conspicuous part.
After an absence of a week, it returned to the encampment at Baton Rouge
On the 3d of April, it again broke camp, and went down the Mississippi
, and thence to Brashear City
, where it was ordered to remain with the Sixteenth