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Fifty-third regiment Massachusetts Infantry (Militia).

Col. John W. Kimball, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

Field and Staff.Line.companies.Unassigned Recruits.Totals.
Number on regimental rolls,—
Enlisted men,1692887194919289797787866
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.41117
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.11
Actual total of members of regiment,—
Enlisted men,2688887093919189797687858

The 53d Infantry, Mass. Volunteer Militia, was composed of men from the towns of northern Worcester and Middlesex counties. Organized at Camp Stevens, Groton Junction, and mustered during the latter part of October and November, 1862, it left the State November 29, under Lieutenant-Colonel Barrett, to join the Banks expedition. John W. Kimball, lieutenant-colonel of the 15th Mass. Infantry, was appointed colonel, and assumed command November 29, rejoining the regiment at New York on December 9. Sailing for Louisiana Jan. 18, 1863, the regiment reached Carrollton the 31st, and was assigned to Colonel Gooding's Brigade, General Emory's Division, 19th Corps. It moved to Baton Rouge in March, took part in a reconnoissance up the Bayou Sara road March 12, and joined in the movement to Port Hudson on the 14th. It engaged in the Teche expedition, and was active at Fort Bisland April 13, where, holding the most advanced position, it was first to enter the fort on the morning of the 14th. Remaining behind at Simmsport for a day on guard duty on the return from Alexandria, the regiment rejoined its brigade before Port Hudson May 23. Soon after its arrival it was detailed as guard to the engineer corps. It took

1 Including non-commissioned staff.

2 Including non-commissioned staff.

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