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[469] term of service so nearly expired, ordered a return to Fortress Monroe, and requisition for transportation to Massachusetts to be mustered out of service. While awaiting transportation, learning the critical condition of affairs in Pennsylvania, the colonel commanding authorized General Naglee to offer the service of the regiment for the emergency; and, being accepted, it was ordered to report to General Schenck at Baltimore, who was in command of the Middle Department.

Arriving in Baltimore July 1, it was ordered to occupy Belger Barracks, near the line of defences of Baltimore in process of construction, and remained there till the 6th, performing fatiguing duties and much hard marching.

July 5.—Six companies, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Studley, were detailed to escort two thousand three hundred rebel prisoners, taken at Gettysburg, from the railroad station to Fort McHenry.

On the 4th of July, it received the honor of being detailed to search the houses of the citizens of Baltimore for arms, in conjunction with the city police, and successfully and creditably performed this delicate duty.

On the 6th of July, having temporarily been assigned to the brigade of Brigadier-General Briggs, it was ordered to Maryland Heights; and, arriving at Fort Duncan on the 8th, it remained, doing outpost duty on the Potomac and on the Sharpsburg road, till the 12th, when it was ordered to join the Army of the Potomac. The brigade was assigned to the Second Division, First Corps, and marched on the 14th with the pursuing army to Williamsport, where it was evident the enemy had effected a crossing. The enemy having disappeared, the forces recrossed the Potomac on the 15th, when the regiment received orders to return to Massachusetts, to be mustered out of service. It arrived at Worcester on the 18th, and was mustered out on the 27th of July, having served nearly ten months. The sick left at Newbern arrived home before the regiment, and were mustered out with the rest at Worcester.

The Fifty-second Regiment was in the Department of the Gulf. It arrived at New Orleans in the early part of December, 1862, and during the months of December, 1862, and January and February, 1863, was stationed at Baton Rouge, La.

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