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Other regiments losing valuable lives were the 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 22d, 23d, 37th, 40th, 56th and 59th Infantry; the 1st Heavy Artillery, and the 1st, 5th and 10th batteries. The 12th, 16th, 35th, 36th, 39th, 57th Infantry and the 3d and 14th batteries were present or engaged, but without loss of life. Corp. David P. Casey (Co. C, 25th Mass.) received a medal of honor for his bravery at this battle, as did Corp. Orlando P. Boss (Co. F, 25th Mass.). Lieut.-Col. Guy V. Henry (7th United States Cavalry) also received a medal ‘for noteworthy and conspicuous gallantry while colonel of 40th Mass. Volunteers, leading the assaults of his brigade upon the enemy's works at Cold Harbor, Va., June 1, 1864, where he had two horses shot under him, one while in the act of leaping over the breastworks of the enemy.’

More Massachusetts regiments were engaged in the first assaults on Petersburg than in any battle of the war, although the total of losses was not so great as in some battles, nor did any single regiment, except the 1st Heavy Artillery, lose so heavily; that having 68 killed or mortally wounded in the successive assaults. The whole number of organizations sustaining losses was no less than twenty-five. This included the 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22d, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 32d, 36th, 37th, 39th, 40th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 59th Infantry; 1st Heavy Artillery, and 5th, 9th and 14th batteries. The 12th and 18th Infantry and the 15th Battery were also in the battle. The 56th lost 21 killed or mortally wounded; the 57th, 20; the 27th, 19; the 58th, 12; and all others less.

Among the killed were Col. Geo. L. Prescott (32d Mass.), Capts. Charles Goss (21st Mass.), Amos Buffum (36th Mass.), Lewis P. Caldwell (1st Heavy Artillery), Samuel A. Bean (59th Mass.), Lieut. S. G. Gilbreth (1st Sharpshooters), J. H. Crawley (56th Mass.), Edward I. Coe (57th Mass.), O. L. Farnham (1st Heavy Artillery).

Among the prisoners taken by the Confederates in the sharp surprise at the Weldon Railroad (June 22) was included the 15th Mass., the small remnant of which was captured almost bodily.1 In this disaster Capt. Joseph W. Kimball, 1st Mass. Infantry, lost his life, and on the day following Col. Wm. Blaisdell, 11th Mass. Infantry, who had distinguished

1 ‘The 15th Mass , which, after losing 318 men, had emerged from the woods about Dunker Church, Sept. 17, 1862 (Antietam), bearing not only its own but a Confederate color, but which now, a mere handful, was captured almost entire, with its tattered flag.’ Walker, 2d Army Corps, p. 547.

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