previous next

[129] Maj. J. M. Deane received one ‘for most distinguished gallantry in action at Fort Stedman, in serving with other volunteers a gun previously silenced and abandoned, mounted on barbette at Fort Haskell, being exposed to a galling fire from the enemy's sharpshooters.’ Sergeant William H. Howe, Co. K, received a medal of honor ‘for distinguished gallantry’ in this action, and Color Sergeant Conrad Homan (Co. A) of the same regiment had previously received one ‘for fighting his way through the enemy's lines with regimental colors near Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864,’ as had Private J. H. Harbourne (Co. K) for the capture of a flag, and Private Richard Welch (37th Mass.), also for the capture of a flag, a few days later, and Private Chas. A. Taggart (37th Mass.) for the same.

The 28th Mass. Infantry and the 1st Heavy Artillery met with losses, which in the former case were considerable, at Duncan's Run (March 25), and the 32d and 34th Infantry with the 1st Heavy Artillery had small losses on the Boydtown Road (March 29-31), as had the 39th at Gravelly Run (March 29). At Dinwiddie Court House (March 29-31) and at Five Forks (April 1) the 2d Mass. Cavalry took an honorable part, as did—at the latter engagement—the 32d and 39th Mass. Infantry. Such was also the case with the 28th and 39th at the South Side Railroad, near Petersburg.

In the final capture of Petersburg, Va. (April 2, 1865), several Massachusetts regiments were engaged with losses,—the 19th, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 46th, 58th and 61st Infantry, the 1st Heavy Artillery and the 5th Battery. The 20th and 57th Infantry and the 9th, 10th and 14th were also engaged, but without loss. The most conspicuous part was perhaps that taken by the 61st Infantry (Colonel Walcott), the very last regiment to leave the State, serving primarily as an engineer regiment, and now in its first battle. The Confederates having lost and retaken Fort Mahone, the 61st carried it, as far as the parapet, and, holding on till after dark, its skirmishers then discovered the main fort to be abandoned, as also were Petersburg and Richmond the next day. The 61st lost 7 killed and mortally wounded, among whom was Lieut. Thomas B. Hart. Lieut. Lewis Munger (2d Mass. Cavalry) was killed a day or two previous, as was Lieut. Samuel Storrow (2d Infantry) at Black Creek, N. C., on March 16, 1865.

In the subsequent race for final victory between the winning army and that already practically defeated, the Massachusetts troops took their full share. At Fort Blakeley (April 2-9) the 31st Infantry and the 2d,

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Richard Welch (1)
A. F. Walcott (1)
Charles A. Taggart (1)
Samuel Storrow (1)
Lewis Munger (1)
William H. Howe (1)
Conrad Homan (1)
Thomas B. Hart (1)
J. H. Harbourne (1)
J. M. Deane (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
March 29th (3)
March 31st (2)
April 2nd, 1865 AD (1)
March 16th, 1865 AD (1)
July 30th, 1864 AD (1)
April 9th (1)
April 2nd (1)
April 1st (1)
March 25th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: