Sixty-first regiment Massachusetts Infantry.
Col. Charles F. Walcott
, Bvt. Brig. Gen.
U. S. Vols.
|Field and Staff.||Line.||companies.||Unassigned Recruits.||Totals.|
|Number on regimental rolls,—|
|Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.2||1||–||–||–||–||–||1||2||1||–||–||–||–||5|
|Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.||–||–||–||3||–||2||–||–||1||–||–||–||–||6|
|Actual total of members of regiment,—|
The 61st Mass. Infantry, the last regiment to leave the State
, was recruited for one year's service at Gallop's Island
, Boston harbor
, during the autumn
of 1864-65. Five companies, forming a battalion under command of Lieut.-Col. Charles F. Walcott
, left the State
October 7 for City Point, Va.
, and were assigned to the Engineer Brigade, under General Benham
The regiment was ordered to the front of Petersburg
for two days in December and for a week during the movement to Hatcher's Run
in February, 1865. Co. F.
joined the command before the close of the previous year; Co. G, Jan. 5, 1865; Co. H, February 15; and Cos. I and K, on March 15.
On March 17 the command was transferred to the Independent Brigade under Col. E. H. T. Collis
Acting in support of the 9th Corps in the attack at Fort Sedgwick
, April 2, the regiment charged and captured Fort Mahone and held it until the line of works was evacuated by the enemy.
Following in pursuit of the enemy until Lee
's surrender, it returned to City Point
in charge of several thousand prisoners, and, moving to Burkesville
, was assigned to the 5th Army Corps, returning to the vicinity of Washington
On June 5 Cos. A, B, C, D and E left the regiment for Massachusetts
and were discharged at Readville June 17.
The remaining companies, as the 61st Battalion, Provisional Corps, occupied the defences of Washington
until their return to Massachusetts
, July 22, where they were mustered out of service Aug. 1, 1865.