During December, 1864, five men were transferred from Co. C, to other posts of duty.
At that time the regiment was so depleted that the State
colors were sent home, there not being enough men to protect two flags.
February 3, 2d Lieut. Wm. McDevitt
was transferred from Co. K and placed in command of the remnant of Co. C, and continued until the surrender of Lee
, when Capt. Hutchins
returned to the company.
March 29 the spring campaign opened.
The 39th were sent out as skirmishers, but were driven back, leaving dead and wounded behind.
and George Graves
were taken prisoners in this engagement at Gravelly Run
, but were re-captured in a few days.
April 1, at Five Forks
, the 39th was brigaded with Sheridan
At noon the line was formed with infantry in the centre and cavalry on the flanks.
The fight was quick and spirited, and as the Union
forces advanced, the evidences of hurried retreat gave them renewed courage.
At this battle Corp. J. H. Whitney
who had been appointed color bearer on March 28, shared the fate of all his predecessors who had carried the flag of the 39th, and was wounded.
was the youngest member of the Light Guard, and had never been absent from his regiment from the time of his enlistment until the day he was shot.
The next day Lieut. McDevitt
and his twelve men, who were the remnant of Co. C, took up the march which was to terminate at Appomattox
Of the one hundred and one men who left Medford
in August 1862, only nine took part in the concluding battle as members of Co. C.
Of these, only Royall S. Carr
, Henry A. Ireland
, Emery Ramsdell
and Edwin F. Kenrick
were members of the original Light Guard which volunteered its services to the selectmen, July 30, 1863.
The regiment, after Lee
's surrender, marched back toward Petersburg
, and on April 21 made camp at Black
's and White
's station, where many officers and men, paroled prisoners, joined their commands.