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Second Army Corps (Sumner).

First Division.—2d Brigade, 29th Mass. Infantry.

Second Division.—1st Brigade, 15th Mass. 3d Brigade, 19th and 20th Mass.

Third Army Corps (Heintzelman).

Second Division.—1st Brigade, 1st, 11th and 16th Mass.

Fourth Army Corps (Keyes).

First Division.—3d Brigade, 7th and 10th Mass.

Fifth Army Corps (Porter).

First Division.—1st Brigade, 18th and 22d Mass.; 2d Mass. Sharpshooters. 2d Brigade, 9th Mass. Artillery.—3d and 5th Mass. batteries.

Sixth Army Corps (Franklin).

Artillery.—1st Mass. Battery.


The whole force of the Army of the Potomac was about 100,000.1

The first important event in the peninsular campaign was the siege of Yorktown. The first assault was made, April 5, 1862, by three companies of the 1st Mass. with two of the 11th, under command of Lieut.-Col. George D. Wells, who was himself the first man to enter the lunette, after it had been taken at the point of the bayonet, without firing a gun. In his report he especially complimented Capts. Edward A. Wild, Sumner Carruth and Charles E. Rand, the two former of whom afterwards rose to be brigadier-generals. The national flag was planted on the works by Col. Jesse A. Gove of the 22d Mass. This regiment, originally recruited by the Hon. Henry Wilson, afterwards vice-president of the United States,2 at once proceeded to occupy and garrison the town.

In the battle of Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862, following on the fall of Yorktown, Maj.-Gen. Joseph Hooker, a Massachusetts officer, was in command, and received at this time his epithet of ‘Fighting Joe.’

1 Official War Records, XI (1), p. 159.

2 In October, 1863, this gentleman said, ‘Twenty-four companies are in the field to-night, raised and organized by my efforts, and more than two hundred officers have entered the service bearing commissions secured by my influence.’

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