Forty-second regiment Massachusetts Infantry (Militia),1 9 months and 100 days service.
Col. Isaac S. Burrell
(9 months and 100 days).
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The 2d Regiment of militia, which volunteered under the call for nine months troops in the autumn of 1862, formed the nucleus of the 42d Infantry, Mass. Volunteer Militia, completing its organization under that name in November.
The regiment was ordered to join the Department of the Gulf, and left the State
November 21 for the rendezvous at Long Island, N. Y.
It left for Mississippi
in four detachments early in December. Companies D, G and I under Colonel Burrell
, reaching Carrollton
on the 17th, were ordered to Galveston, Tex.
, and, co-operating with the naval forces, established a post on the island.
On Jan. 1, 1863, the three companies after repulsing an assault were taken prisoners.
Most of the men were paroled February 18 with Chaplain Geo. J. Sanger
, unconditionally released, and a parole camp was established at Bayou Gentilly, which they occupied until the termination of their service.
, Surgeon A. J. Cummings
, the officers of companies D, G and I, with Lieutenant Stowell
of Company E, were held in prison, where Surgeon Cummings
and Lieutenant Bartlett
died during the summer.
The remaining officers were exchanged July 22, 1864.
The other three detachments, having been delayed, reached New Orleans on December 29, January 1 and 14, and were reunited and assigned to the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 19th Corps.
With headquarters near Bayou Gentilly on the Ponchartrain Railroad
, the regiment, under