Company E, 39th Massachusetts Infantry, in the Civil War.—(Iv.)
We turned out at 5 A. M. Another extremely hot day. I was detailed for fatigue duty.
Our lines were the same as before the Ninth Corps made the attack.
The Rebels would not grant a flag of truce, because, it was said, a part of the attacking corps were negroes, who, by the way, had done nobly.
Finally our wounded were all brought within the lines.
August 1 and 2.
Turned out at 9 A. M.; very hot weather.
There are rumors of a move, but both days have been quiet ones.
Turned out at 6 A. M. I was detailed for picket at 8 P. M., and had command of the One Hundred and Fourth New York pickets.
All quiet on the skirmish line.
I was relieved from picket at 8 P. M. This day was appointed as a National Fast, and a religious meeting was held in the fort.
(I succumb to toothache.)
Turned out at 6 A. M. (I had five teeth filled with lead by a private in One Hundred and Seventh Pennsylvania.) From 4 to 6 heavy firing.
Another quiet day.
Sunday, August 7.
We had an inspection, as was usually the custom on Sundays.
Pleasant, but a very warm day.
Cloudy, with thunder, but no rain for us.
A quiet day.
I was detailed for picket at 8 P. M.
Everything was quiet on the picket line.
A Rebel came into our line, who said he was from Cambridge, Mass.
I sent him to the rear as a prisoner of war. He stated
that he was in Richmond
the Sunday before.
Probably he was a ‘bounty-jumper.’
I was relieved at 8 P. M.
Heavy firing on our right to-day.
A rain began at 7 P. M., which continued through the night.
Rumors of a move.
We turned out at 4 A. M., and a brigade of Burnside
's colored troops took our places in the fort.
Our whole corps was relieved, and we went back two miles to be held in reserve.
Turned out at 6.
I was detailed with sixty men to work on Fort Sedgwick
All work had to be done in the night, as no one could live there in the daytime.
The Rebel Fort MacMahon was near, and their sharpshooters were nearer, and picked off men with every opportunity.
We reached the fort at 10 P. M., and soon had our tools in hand.
We had just begun work, when orders came to report back to the regiment at once.
We arrived there at midnight, and were told that our corps was to march at 3 P. M.
Accordingly, August 17 we fell in, ready to carry out this order, but while we were waiting another order came to turn in for the night, as we were not to move until the next morning.
We turned out at 3 A. M. This was the day of the ‘Battle of Weldon Railroad
,’ sometimes called that of ‘the Six-Mile House,’ or ‘the Globe Tavern
We began our march at 5 towards the railroad (southwest and to our left), a distance of five or six miles, to the Yellow Tavern
, or Six-Mile House.
Here we found the Rebel
pickets, and drove them before us. General Crawford
's Division, to which our regiment belonged,1
formed a line of battle on the right of the railroad, and General Ayer
, of the Second Division of our corps (the Fifth), formed on the left of the railroad.
's First Division (our corps) was in the rear tearing up the tracks, as we thus advanced towards Petersburg
We had proceeded about a mile
and a half in dense woods, when Hill
's Rebel Corps charged on us. (The Yellow house
was behind us now.) Ayer
's Division gave way, letting the enemy come around our left flank.
There was nothing for us to do but to fall back or be captured.
The Rebel line in front of us was within forty feet. The order was accordingly given to fall back.
All were lying down flat on the ground at the time, the Rebels
in the, same position, also, but ready to shoot as fast as we stood up. Colonel C. L. Pierson
was already badly wounded in the bowels by a minie ball.
He was able to stand long enough to give the command, and then fell.2
Immediately as I rose a bullet hit me in the right side.
It broke the eighth rib and entered the lower lobe of the lung.
I was taken off the field along with the colonel to the field hospital just back of us. Sergeant Bradshaw
, afterwards second lieutenant, and Private Thomas
, both of Company H, were leading me. The latter was shot in the wrist while supporting me, and tarrying a moment, in consequence was captured by the enemy.
The command now devolved upon Captain F. R. Kinsley
, of Company E.
Our side was beaten for a time, but after being driven about one-quarter of a mile, the men re-formed and held the enemy.
(See reports of the Adjutant-general
for 1864, pp. 850-51.)
The fight was resumed.
The Rebels found a gap on our right and came through, thus flanking us again.
Our artillery opened on them as they were between us and the. artillery, and the shells did us as much harm as they did the Rebels
The men of both sides were now pretty generally mixed up in the woods.
One squad, whichever was the bigger, would capture the other.
This day our regiment was in the worst part of the line, and suffered more than any other, unless it was the Sixteenth Maine, which was captured almost to a man.
Both lines were rather quiet to-day, and both
were stationed on either side of the railroad, back a little from where we first charged the enemy.
We held the railroad, and they were bound to drive us off.
Sunday, August 21.
The enemy attacked us, but were repulsed, and during the rest of the war our side held the railroad.
In this battle Company E—the Somerville company—suffered severely.
Captain F. R. Kinsley
was captured on August 19, and the command devolved upon Captain George S. Nelson
, of Company A.
Including Captain Kinsley
, thirteen Somerville
men were captured, of whom seven died in Rebel prisons.
The seven were: James M. Allen
, Corporal David Gorham
, Corporal Fred A. Glines
, John E. Horton
, George H. Hatch
, Charles G. Jones
, and Frank W. Thompson
died just after he was exchanged.
John B. Canfield
, Patrick Horgan
, John F. Locke
, and Sergeant John Kennedy
, these four, brought up in Salisbury (N. C.)
prison, and were paroled in March, 1865.
In this fight John S. Roberts
and William M. Herbon
were killed, and the following wounded: Chandler G. Cole
, Dexter Gray
, George R. Harlow
, and Lieutenant John H. Dusseault
By this time only seven or eight men were left in Company E out of the original one hundred and one men who enlisted from Somerville
Of course the company had been supplied from time to time with raw recruits, or with men from other regiments.
May 4, when the army crossed the Rapidan
, there were five hundred and thirty muskets (men) in the Thirty-ninth Regiment—as many as were in any other two regiments in their brigade.
On the morning of August 22, after this battle, one hundred and one men and nine officers of this regiment reported for duty.
On the nights of August 18 and 19 the wounded were sent back to the Division Hospital
, two miles in our rear.
On August 21 the wounded, of whom I was one, were sent to the City Point Hospital
on the James
On August 23 we turned out, and were told to get ready to go on board a boat which would take us to Fortress Monroe
, where we arrived at dark, and were transferred to the Atlantic
, an ocean steamer.
could walk at this time, and continued to do so till September 6 or 7.
On this river boat there were seventy-five wounded officers of the Fifth Corps and many private soldiers, who were lying upon the deck and about the vessel.
(There were two rows of cots on each side of the deck for the men who had lost a limb or two, between two and three hundred, at least.
I had a stateroom with Lieutenant Felch
.) On August 24 we took in stores at the fort, and started for Philadelphia
at 5 P. M. We reached Philadelphia
at 7 P. M. August 25, and were taken in carriages to the Soldiers' Retreat, which was near the landing, and thence to a receiving hospital for the night.
August 26 we were taken to McLellan Hospital, located in the suburbs of the city, perhaps five miles out (‘Nice town’).
I received leave of absence and started for home, via New York, where I arrived at 9 P. M., and put up at the Western House
At 5 P. M. I started for Boston
by train, Lieutenant Felch
still with me. He was wounded in the shoulder.
We reached Boston
Monday, September 5, at 4 A. M. By September 10 my wound was troubling me severely.
The bullet had been extracted an hour or two after I was wounded, but when I had my wound dressed at the hospital in New York, probably it was washed with an infected sponge, for gangrene set in, as it so often did in those days.
For seven weeks I was on my back, and was reduced to one hundred and five pounds. But thanks to a kind doctor and home nursing, the wound finally closed in April, 1865, the same month that the war closed.
Account of Company E after August 21.
Practically everything was quiet till September 15.
The Regiment was at Weldon Railroad all this time.
Many changes of position were made, new lines of works built, and strong forts took the places of the earlier breastworks.
The Regiment, together with the rest of the Brigade, was sent to support a cavalry reconnoissance on the
left of the line; it returned without loss, after accomplishing the work.
The Second Brigade was assigned to garrison duty in forts on the left of the line.
The Thirty-ninth Massachusetts was ordered to Fort Duchesne
, on the rear line (still on the Weldon Railroad), and camped just outside the fort.
This, with the 104th New York Volunteers, the Eleventh, Eighty-eighth, and Ninetieth Pennsylvania, formed the garrison, under Colonel R. Coulter
, of the Eleventh Pennsylvania.
The garrison was sent out on reconnoissance over the same ground as on September 15, the Thirty-ninth acting as skirmishers.
The enemy were found in force near Poplar Spring Church.
After a brief skirmish, a return was ordered.
The Regiment moved from the camp outside into the fort, where it remained till October 16.
It then left the rear, and took a position (still on the railroad) one-half mile in front of Duchesne
, and one mile from the Globe Tavern
The Regiment moved to the left and garrisoned Fort Conahey.
The whole army made a reconnoisance in force to Hatcher's Run
Having returned from the Run
, the Regiment resumed its position in line near Fort Wadsworth
November 5. Lieutenant-Colonel Tremlett
(major of the Thirty-ninth) returned from draft-rendezvous, Boston Harbor
, and took command of the Regiment, relieving Nelson
The state colors, borne by the Regiment since leaving home, were returned to the adjutant-general
because they were too worn for use.
The Regiment moved to the rear line, where the Fifth Corps was being massed, and went into camp.
The Corps started on a march on Jerusalem Plank Road, the Thirty-ninth taking the advance of the Infantry
After marching south some eighteen miles, the Nottoway River
was crossed at 5 P. M., and after four more miles they halted for the night near Sussex Court House
The next morning the march was resumed, when they passed through the place last mentioned and Coman's Well.
Just before reaching Halifax Road, skirmishing was heard in advance, and the Regiment (designated Skirmish Regiment of the Brigade) was deployed and sent forward to hold the road.
After establishing a line of pickets, the Regiment was left to guard the road, while the main column passed on. A little after dark the line was abandoned, and the Regiment followed the column, overtaking the Corps
on the Weldon Railroad, near Jerrett's Station.
The night was spent in destroying the road, burning railroad ties, etc.
A position was taken at the extreme left of the Corps
, and the Regiment picketed the front of the Brigade, which was engaged in tearing up the road.
At 6 P. M. it was withdrawn to Cross Roads above Bellfield
, and one-half the Regiment was sent on picket and one-half to bivouac with the Brigade.
In the morning the troops began to return, and the Thirty-ninth was designated to cover the rear.
In the afternoon the enemy made a dash on our rear and drove in our rear guard of cavalry.
But they were checked by the shots of our Infantry.
The enemy's cavalry followed closely all day, and captured many stragglers.
Four of the Thirty-ninth Regiment were thus taken.
The halt for the night was near Sussex Court House
The march began at daylight.
The Nottoway River
was crossed at 4 P. M., and at 9 P. M. there was a halt for the night.
On the next day, after a rapid march of twelve miles, the lines before Petersburg
were reached, where we went into camp near Jerusalem Plank Road.
Here we were ordered to build huts for the winter, and after a week's work the Regiment moved into its new quarters.
This camp was occupied about a month, during which time there were many alarms, and the Regiment turned out often for real or imaginary danger.
Drilling and fatigue duty occupied most of the time, with a large detail for picket and guard duty.
Once the Regiment was selected as a guard
for a wagon train, to go outside for bricks and boards; a deserted house five miles away furnished the material.
A safe return was made.
Saturday, February 4, 1865.
The Regiment had orders to move at a moment's notice.
The next day orders came to report at Brigade headquarters, where we found the rest of the Brigade, and the Corps
was joined near the Gurley House
at 7 A. M. The march was continued towards Dinwiddie Court House.
The halt for the night was within two miles of this place.
The Regiment was detailed on picket till Monday morning, but the Brigade had already commenced its march towards Hatcher's Run
In the afternoon this was crossed and a line of battle was formed, the Thirty-ninth Regiment having the right of the first line.
The enemy was found entrenched in strong works near Dabney's Mills.
The first attempt to dislodge them was unsuccessful, but a second charge took the works, which, however, were abandoned for want of support; the troops recrossed the river and bivouacked for the night.
The line of battle was formed at 8 A. M. Our Regiment was deployed as skirmishers in front of the Brigade.
They advanced and drove the enemy's skirmishers from three lines of rifle pits back into their works, which were near.
At 5 o'clock in the afternoon our line was ordered to advance upon them, but as the assault was not successful, the line fell back to its original position, where it remained, exposed to a galling fire till late at night, when it was relieved.
At Hatcher's Run
February 6 and 7 E. B. Hadley
was killed and Ambrose W. Coles
lost an arm. J. W. Oliver
was captured for the second time.
In bivouac all day.
The Regiment was on picket, and when relieved Friday (February 10) it returned to its old camp near Jerusalem Plank Road to get the baggage of the men. It then broke camp and took a new position at the extreme left of the new line, near Hatcher's Run
A camp was laid out, and the men began once more to build winter quarters.
Thursday, March 9.
The Regiment passed in review before
Major-General John C. Robinson
, our former division commander.
Others that were under him participated in the review.
[It may be mentioned here that General Robinson
later on was lieutenant-governor of New York, and was present at a regimental reunion held at Somerville
He has since died.]
A review of the whole Fifth Corps took place before Major-General Warren
There was another review before Secretary of War Stanton
On each of these occasions the Thirty-ninth Regiment acquitted itself well.
Saturday, March 25.
The Regiment was ordered out about daylight to go to the right and assist in re-capturing Fort Stedman
, which had just been taken by the enemy.
The division marched back, and near the Gurley House
was reviewed by President Lincoln
It was then ordered to the left as support to the Sixth Corps, but as no attack was made, it returned to camp about 9 P. M.
The spring campaign was entered upon.
The Regiment broke camp about 3 A. M., and was marched to the left till Boynton Plank Road was reached.
After some skirmishing the enemy was driven back from here and their lines taken.
This position was held through the next day, the Regiment remaining in skirmish line during the whole time until the morning of the 31st, when a move was made still farther to the left to a point near Gravelly Run
Here the enemy was found in strong force.
They attacked us, and our Regiment was sent out hurriedly as skirmishers to check them until the lines could be formed.
This, however, proved impossible, and after suffering heavily, the men were obliged to fall back, leaving many dead and wounded on the field.
(They were the designated skirmish regiment of the Brigade.) Lieutenant-Colonel Tremlett
was wounded early in this engagement, and was conveyed to the rear with much difficulty.
At the hospital it was found necessary to amputate his leg at once.
The command of the Regiment now devolved on Captain J. J. Cooper
, Company F). In this action, March 31, Corporal James Moran
, Company E, was mortally wounded, and Captain Willard C. Kinsley
, Company K) received a wound which resulted in his death April 2.
From second lieutenant
he had been promoted to captain by being jumped over every first lieutenant in the line.
By his death the Regiment lost one of its most popular and beloved officers, as well as one of its best soldiers.
His remains were taken to his old home in Somerville
, and he was accorded a public funeral.
The Grand Army Post of Somerville
was named in honor of him. Corporal Elkanah Crosby
helped to take him from the battlefield.
As the enemy were close at hand, Captain Kinsley
begged his men to leave him and take care of themselves, but this they would not do. After a rally had been made and reinforcements arrived, another advance was made on the enemy's breastworks.
The ground that had been lost in the morning was regained.
This position was held through the night.
The Corps left this part of the line, moved to the left, and united with the Cavalry under Major-General Sheridan
At noon lines were formed near the Five Forks
for an assault.
The Cavalry was on either flank, and our Corps in the centre; the Thirty-ninth Regiment was in the front line near the centre.
About 4 P. M. the forward movement began; the enemy's skirmishers were found and driven back.
A quick and spirited fight soon gave us an opening in the enemy's lines, and after this the victory was certain.
Some five miles of the enemy's lines were taken, and the pursuit was followed up till long after dark.
The battle of Five Forks
was the most successful one the Regiment was engaged in; almost the entire force of the enemy was captured, and their rout was complete.
Our loss was comparatively slight.
Lieutenant Melville C. Parkhurst
was in this engagement, in command of Company B (Roxbury
Sunday, April 2.
Soon after daylight the march was taken up towards the north and west.
About 2 P. M. the South Side Railroad was crossed, not without some cheering, and after a long march a halt was made for the night near Hickanock Creek.
Here a small force of the enemy formed, and our Regiment was sent out as skirmishers; but after a few shots were exchanged, no enemy could be found, and the night was without further disturbance.
The march was resumed early (for we were now following up Lee
, who was on his way to Appomattox
). This programme continued through the week, with occasional skirmishes which resulted in the capture of many prisoners.
The march was rapid, and the troops were encouraged by evidences of hasty flight all along the route.
Sunday, April 9, found us at Appomattox Court House, in the immediate presence of the enemy.
But soon after our arrival upon the field all hostilities suddenly ceased, and later in the day the entire army opposed to us surrendered.
We remained here while the paroling of the enemy went on, until Saturday, April 15, when we broke camp and began the return march to Petersburg
Sunday, April 16.
We reached Farmville
in the afternoon, where we received the sad news of President Lincoln
A gloom rested on the camp that night which will never be forgotten.
Friday, April 21.
We reached Black
's and White's Station
in the forenoon.
Camp was laid out and a halt made here.
During the following days many of the officers and men of the Regiment, who had been in the hands of the enemy since August, returned from the paroled camp.
Major F. R. Kinsley
was of this number, and the command of the Regiment now devolved upon him.
We broke camp once more and began the march to Washington
; passed through Petersburg
May 3; through Richmond
May 6; over the memorable Fredericksburg
battleground May 9; crossed the Rappahannock
for the tenth and last time; and halted Friday, May 12, at Arlington
, near Fort Albany
, and very near the first camp ground of the Regiment in Virginia
The Regiment took part in the grand review of the army in Washington
, returning to camp in the afternoon.
The mustering out of the Regiment began, and Sunday, June 4, we broke camp and reported in Washington
for transportation to Massachusetts
The journey home was made quickly, with but few halts: one at the well-known Cooper
Shop, which never allowed a soldier to pass through Philadelphia
hungry; one in New York, where lunch was promptly provided by the New England Relief Association.
Tuesday, June 6.
The Regiment arrived at Readville, and was assigned quarters in barracks there.
The arrival home was saddened by the death of Colonel Henry M. Tremlett
at his home on Beacon Street, Boston
He was a good commander, and much beloved by all for his distinguished courage.
It only remains to speak of the men of Company E, who, unless otherwise designated, entered service August 12, 1862.
, Jesse B., honorably discharged May 16, 1865; died in
February 18, 1873.
M., taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died at Salisbury, N. C.
, November 23, 1864.
, William J., wounded May 8, 1864; honorably discharged May 20, 1865; died at Ashland
, William A., went out as corporal; reduced to private, June, 1863; discharged for disability October 26, 1863; died in Cambridge
March 25, 1897.
, George W., went out as corporal; taken prisoner October 11, 1863; in prison seventeen months; discharged from service May 12, 1865; on the Somerville police force; retired; lives in Cambridge
, Charles H., transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, March 31, 1864; lives at 1 Oak Terrace, Malden
, August, died on the transport Utica
, going down James River
, October 5, 1864.
, one of the very few to remain with the company during its whole period of service; mustered out June 2, 1865; in the employ of Somerville
many years; lives in Cambridge
, George A., enlisted as private; promoted to corporal; to sergeant; to first sergeant; commissioned second lieutenant April 3, 1865; never ill, never on a furlough; mustered out June 2, 1865; on the Somerville police force; died November 4, 1899.
, John T., on detached service, Ordnance department; mustered out June 2, 1865; died in Mexico
April 23, 1885.
, William F., came as a recruit March 29, 1864; wounded August 18, 1864; mustered out January 12, 1865; died in Somerville
in August, 1892.
P., enlisted as corporal; discharged for disability June 18, 1863; lives at 12 Vine Street, Somerville
, John, transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps February 15, 1864; lives at 202 Summer Street, Somerville
, John B., taken prisoner August 19, 1864; in prison until March, 1865; discharged May 1, 1865; died November 12, 1897.
, William M., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out with Company E as corporal;. discharged for disability December 9, 1862; died in Chelsea
fifteen years ago.
, Gustavus A., promoted to corporal; transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps; discharged June 1, 1865; lives at 164 Winslow Avenue, Somerville
G., wounded August 18, 1864; returned February 23, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; not living.
, Ambrose W., wounded February 7, 1865 (lost an arm); discharged May 16, 1865; died in Somerville
in December, 1882.
, discharged February 8, 1863; died in Philadelphia
, discharged March 12, 1863; died some fifteen years ago.
, Elkanah, enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out with Company E as corporal; promoted to sergeant; one of the few to remain with the company during its whole period of service; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives at 110 Hudson Street, Somerville
, musician (drummer); was with the company during its whole term of service; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives in Peru
, deserted June 3, 1863; afterwards seen in a New York Cavalry Regiment.
, Amos F., detached for special service; came back to the Company
May 26, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives in Dorchester
H., deserted December, 1864; has died since the War
; came from Nova Scotia
, William H., brother of Albert
H., discharged for disability May 18, 1865; died twelve years ago.
, John H., went out as first sergeant; promoted to second lieutenant October 20, 1863; promoted to first lieutenant September 8, 1864; wounded three times, slightly at Spottsylvania
; severely wounded August 18, 1864, at Weldon Railroad; discharged December 10, 1864; sealer of weights and measures; lives at 42 Sargent Avenue, Somerville
, Jonathan C., transferred to the Navy April 22, 1864; died in Somerville
about fifteen years ago.
, Charles E., injured December, 1862; discharged February 26, 1863; died in Somerville
December 24, 1891.
, Samuel, went out as teamster; discharged for disability, or perhaps transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps; mustered out June, 1865; on the Boston
police force; died, no date.
C., transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps some time in 1863; died in the vicinity of Worcester
more than ten years ago.
, George A., wounded June 18, 1864; discharged later; died in Somerville
June 27, 1901.
, Walter, transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps August 1, 1863; died in Somerville
September 25, 1904.
, Samuel O., promoted to corporal; killed in battle May 10, 1864.
Fellows, Charles C., detached for special service, Ambulance Corps, from August 5, 1863, to May 2, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865.
, Charles E., went out as corporal; transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps in 1863; discharged September 23, 1864; died several years ago.
, John E., wounded June 18, 1864; discharged February 12, 1865; on the Somerville police force; retired; lives at 79 Glenwood Road.
, Elijah H., discharged April 22, 1863; died in Somerville
February 18, 1898.
, Joseph J., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as first lieutenant with Company E, discharged at Washington
August 23, 1864; lives in Somerville
A., promoted to corporal; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in prison, Salisbury, N. C.
, January 6, 1865.
, David, promoted to corporal; wounded May 12, 1864; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in prison, Salisbury, N. C.
, December 10, 1864.
, William L., came home on five-days' furlough, and deserted June, 1863; from Nova Scotia
, Edward L., on detached service from September 13, 1863, to May 20, 1865, Ordnance Department; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives at 177 Washington Street, Somerville
, wounded August 18, 1864; discharged May 17, 1865; died some twenty years ago.
, Eugene B., killed in battle February 6, 1865.
, Edward M., went out as second sergeant; on detached service, April 6, 1864; mustered out June 2, 1865; served in the Adjutant-General
's Office, War Department, Washington
, long after the War
; last living in Passaic, N. J.
, John, discharged June 20, 1863; died November 15, 1905.
, John H., discharged August 12, 1863; died more than twenty years ago in Somerville
, William M., killed in battle August 18, 1864.
, George R., promoted to corporal May 1, 1864; wounded May 10, 1864; wounded August 18, 1864 (lost an arm); discharged March 17, 1865; lives at Chattanooga
, George H., taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in Salisbury prison February 1, 1865.
Hills, George A., discharged January 29, 1863; lives in Springfield, Mass.
, Patrick, discharged April 21, 1863; claimed to have served in the Crimean War
; died many years ago.
, Patrick, taken prisoner August 19, 1864; returned May 20, 1865; returned with the Company
and mustered out June 2, 1865; died twenty years ago.
, John E., promoted to corporal July 1, 1864; wounded May 8, 1864; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in Salisbury prison January 6, 1865.
E., taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville, Ga.
, November 22, 1863.
, Richard J., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as sergeant with Company E; taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville
August 13, 1864.
, Thomas L., wounded May 8, 1864; discharged March 9, 1865; last heard from in New York City in the 90's.
, Charles G., taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in Salisbury prison November 23, 1864.
, discharged October 27, 1863; lives in Medford.
, David, taken prisoner August 19, 1864; died in hospital at Annapolis
, after an exchange, March 15, 1865.
, John, promoted to sergeant; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; escaped; re-captured; finally returned; discharged May 15, 1865; died at Soldiers' Home, Chelsea
, July 24, 1898.
, discharged April 21, 1863; died soon after the War
R., second lieutenant
Company I, Fifth Regiment, from May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as captain of Company E; promoted to major July 13, 1864; promoted to colonel June 7, 1865; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; paroled March, 1865; lives at Dorchester, N. H.
C., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, from May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as second lieutenant of Company E; promoted to first lieutenant November 13, 1862; to captain March 30, 1864; wounded June 17, 1864; mortally wounded March 31; died April 2, 1865.
, John F., taken prisoner (Salisbury, N. C.
) August 19, 1864; returned May, 1865; discharged May 26, 1865; assistant in Public Library, Boston
, taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville, Ga.
, July 12, 1864.
, John, transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps September 12, 1863; died in Somerville
November 2, 1907.
, served all through the War
and came home with the Company
; mustered out June 2, 1865; died some twelve or fifteen years ago.
, Samuel, musician (bugler); served throughout the War
and came home with the Company
; mustered out June 2, 1865; died in Somerville
May 9; 1887.
, George, served as captain's cook most of the time; served throughout the War
and came home with the Company
; died in Somerville
fifteen years ago.
, John, discharged January 23, 1863; died, no date.
, John S., detailed for special service, Construction Corps, December 6, 1863; mustered out June 2, 1865; lived a few years after the War
; buried in Somerville Cemetery.
, Edwin, went out as sergeant; promoted to sergeantmajor; to second lieutenant January 8, 1864; wounded May 10, 1864; discharged October 19, 1864; lives in Arlington
, promoted to corporal; wounded March 31, 1865; died at Washington, D. C.
, April, 1865.
, William, went out as servant to his cousin, who was adjutant of the Regiment; later enlisted in Company E; wounded May 23, 1864; died at Wakefield
, George, promoted to corporal; wounded May 23, 1864; died in Florida
December 30, 1896.
H., musician (bugler), transferred early to the Veteran Reserve Corps, no date; died, no date.
, George A., wounded and taken prisoner May 8, 1864; discharged March 6, 1865; died in Malden
September 4, 1902.
, William, wounded May 12, 1864; mustered out June 2, 1865; died some fifteen years ago.
, Francis J., taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville
October 10, 1864.
W., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, from May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as sergeant; taken prisoner October 11, 1863; released April 16, 1864; taken prisoner again February 6, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; on the Somerville police force; died April 7, 1908.
, discharged May 15, 1863; died in Somerville
, no date.
, John, wounded June 18, 1864; mustered out June 2, 1865; died in Cambridge
November 19, 1875.
, Jeremiah T., died in hospital October 13, 1863.
, William D., promoted to corporal; to sergeant; killed in battle May 8, 1864.
C., went out as corporal; promoted to second lieutenant, Company B (Roxbury
), September 8, 1864; to first lieutenant January 15, 1865; commissioned captain Company B June 7, 1865; Chief of Police
; resides at 56 Columbus Avenue, Somerville
, Gideon W., put on special service, September 8, 1864, to May 20, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives at West Fairlee, Vt.
, Horace W., discharged December 9, 1862; dead (?).
Powers, Robert, killed in battle, May 10, 1864.
, John S., killed in battle August 19, 1864, while carrying the Brigade color.
P., a half-brother of Kenneston
; died November 22, 1862.
, detailed to special service (hospital duty), October 3, 1862, to May, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives at 121 Cross Street, Somerville
, John B., brother of the above; detailed to special service (hospital duty), August 5, 1863 to May, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; address, 121 Cross Street, Somerville
, John, discharged February 9, 1863; probably not living.
, discharged July 1, 1863; died in Somerville
June 25, 1895.
, had seen service earlier; went out as corporal; discharged January 25, 1863; lives at Canton, Mass.
, Hiram C., discharged April 22, 1863; probably not living.
, William H., on special duty as guard for quartermaster's stores, January 12, 1864, to May 27, 1865; mustered out June 2, 1865; lives at 12 Essex Street, Somerville
, Frank W., taken prisoner August 19, 1864; perhaps he died January 10, 1865.
Van de Sande
, George, went out as corporal; promoted to sergeant; discharged August 22, 1863, to accept commission as second lieutenant in a regiment of colored troops; died since the war.
, Joseph W., taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville, Ga.
, July 1, 1864.
, William C., deserted in Washington
September 9, 1862; arrested and sent to Fort Independence
; discharged for disability; probably not living.
The Company originally was composed of three officers and ninety-eight enlisted men. William Moulton
and William F. Boynton
, who joined later, came from Somerville
, and are included in this record, and make the number accounted for 103.
In June, 1864, Company E was reinforced by some recruits from Massachusetts
, and about forty men from the Twelfth and Thirteenth Massachusetts Regiments whose time had expired transferred to our Company.
In all, there were 146 men connected with Company E from 1864.
|Number died in Rebel prisons||12|
|Number died in camp or hospitals||4|
|Number discharged for disability||22|
|Number discharged for promotion||1|
|Number transferred to Invalids' Corps||10|
|Number transferred to United States Navy||1|
|Number on detached service||10|
|Number returned prisoners||8|
|Number musicians, not in battle||2|
|Number officer's cook, not in battle||1|
|Number present during the entire two years and ten months of enlistment||5|
|Names on two lists (wounded and prisoners)||3|
As nearly as can be ascertained, there are twenty-seven of the original 103 now living, April, 1908.