23d, when General Corcoran
notified Colonel Follansbee
that the regiment would that day be relieved, as the term of service would soon expire.
Accordingly, it left for Suffolk
, arriving after ten days of most fatiguing and exhausting service, which told more on the regiment's health than all the rest of its hardships combined.
On the 26th of May, it bade adieu to the scenes of its toils and perils, arriving at Boston
, in the steamer S. R. Spaulding,
after a delightful voyage, May 29, reaching Lowell
the same day, where it was mustered out of service on the 3d of June.
Thus ended the second campaign of the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, honorably to itself, and with remarkable exemption from death by disease and battle, considering the number of its engagements, and the unhealthy location of its camp on the edge of the Dismal Swamp
All who were killed in battle, or who died of disease, were embalmed, and sent home for interment; a remarkable fact in the history of a regiment.
Not one of its members rests in Virginia
The Eighth Regiment was in the Department of North Carolina.
It left the State
Nov. 25, 1862, and arrived at Morehead City
Nov. 30, and, on the same day, from thence by rail to Newbern
It was assigned to the Second Brigade, First Division, under command of Colonel T. G. Stevenson
, Twenty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, and went into camp on the ‘Fair Grounds.’
On Dec. 4, Companies A and E were detached from the regiment for garrison duty at Roanoke Island
, and remained absent till July 12, 1863, when they rejoined it at Maryland Heights
On Dec. 9, the regiment was detached from the Second Brigade, First Division, for garrison duty at Newbern
On Dec. 28, it was assigned to the brigade under command of Colonel T. J. C. Amory
, Seventeenth Massachusetts Volunteers, and on the same day was transferred to the First Brigade, Second Division, under command of Brigadier-General Heckman
, where it remained until Jan. 11, 1863, when, the brigade being