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Thirty-second regiment Massachusetts Infantry.

(1) Col. Francis J. Parker.

(2) Col. George L. Prescott, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

(3) Col. J. Cushing Edmands, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

Field and Staff.Line.companies.Unassigned Recruits.Totals.
ABCDEFGHIKLM
Number on regimental rolls,—
Officers,148094
Enlisted men,113222222212208202199210205198197127117192,351
Totals,2,445
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.2265434542431144
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.114118
Totals,276834542442152
Actual total of members of regiment,—
Officers,148094
Enlisted men,311215216204205198194206203194193125116192,299
Totals,2,393

The 32d Mass. Infantry was formed in May, 1862, from the 1st Battalion Mass. Infantry, which was organized in November, 1861, to garrison Fort Warren, Boston harbor, and remained stationed there, under command of Maj. Francis J. Parker, during the winter of 1861-62. On May 26, this battalion of six companies, reorganized as the 32d Mass. Infantry (Francis J. Parker, lieutenant-colonel), left the State for Washington. Encamping for four weeks on Capitol Hill, the regiment was ordered to join the Army of the Potomac on the Peninsula, and July 3, 1862, arrived at Harrison's Landing and was assigned to the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps. It left camp August 15 to join General Pope's forces, and reached Warrenton Junction August 27. Moving with the army to Washington after the battle of Manassas, it camped at Miners Hill, and three companies were added to the command, one having already joined the original six companies at Harrison's Landing in July. The regiment was present at Antietam, and took part in the charge and advanced position held by Griffin's Division at the battle of Fredericksburg. It was in action at Chancellorsville May 3, 1864, was closely engaged at Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 2, present at the battle of Rappahannock Station Nov. 7, 1863, and engaged in the Mine Run campaign, encamping at Liberty, near Bealton, Va., for the winter. While here 330 men re-enlisted, and in January, 1864, returned to Massachusetts for furlough. The regiment left camp April 30, 1864, and was in action on the afternoon of May 5 at the Wilderness, engaging constantly on the succeeding days; it lost heavily at the battle of Laurel Hill May 12, and was active during the movements about Spotsylvania, North Anna and Totopotomoy, engaging, June 3, at Bethesda Church. Crossing the James River June 16, it took part in the assault at Petersburg, June 18-22, where Col. George L. Prescott was mortally wounded. Engaging afterward in the siege, it took part at the Weldon Railroad August 18-21 and at Poplar Spring Church September 30. It was active in the final operations about Petersburg, took part in the pursuit of Lee's Army to Appomattox, and as part of the 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, received the arms of General Lee's forces at the formal surrender, April 11, 1865. Encamping near Appomattox until May 1, it reached Washington May 12 and remained until the termination of its service. Before its muster out, June 28, 1865, the re-enlisted men and recruits of the 9th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 22d and 39th Mass. Infantries had been added to its numbers. Reaching Boston July 1, it received its final discharge and payment at Gallop's Island July 11, 1865.

1 Including non-commissioned staff.

2 Including non-commissioned staff.

3 Including non-commissioned staff.

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