Fourth regiment Massachusetts volunteer Infantry (Militia), 3 months and 9 months service.
Col. Abner B. Packard
Col. Henry Walker
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The members of the 4th Infantry, Mass. Volunteer Militia, commanded by Col. Abner B. Packard
, assembled in Boston
April 16, 1861, in response to the President
's first call for troops, and on the 17th the regiment left the State
for Fortress Monroe
, and spent at the fortress and in the vicinity its three months of service.
On May 27 it moved to Newport News and remained there during June, working at the entrenchments and engaged in scouting and guard duty; while there, five companies were detached and engaged in the battle of Big Bethel
, June 10.
The last week of its service was spent at Hampton, Va.
July 18 the regiment returned to Boston
, and was discharged July 22, 1861.
It volunteered again under the call for nine-months troops in August, 1862, and the companies were mustered in on dates varying from September 1 to December 16.
The regiment left camp at Lakeville, Mass.
, Dec. 27, 1862, reached Carrollton, La.
, February 13, and on March 7 was stationed at Baton Rouge
, forming part of the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 19th Army Corps.
It formed part of the land forces in reserve at Port Hudson
, March 14, when Banks
united with Admiral Farragut
in the expedition to gain possession of the Mississippi
, and returned with the army to Baton Rouge
, moving afterward to Brashear City
It engaged in the attack on Fort Bisland
, April 11-13, and joined in the pursuit of the Confederates
as far as Franklin
On its return it was stationed at Brashear City
was engaged in the march to Alexandria
May 30 it joined the army before Port Hudson
, and took part in the siege, two companies (under Captain Bartlett
, who was killed in the action) leading in the assault of June 14.
After the surrender the regiment was stationed on garrison duty at the fort until the termination of its service.
It returned to Boston
Aug. 17, 1863, and was mustered out at Lakeville, Mass.
, Aug. 28, 1863.