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Tenth regiment Massachusetts Infantry.

(1) Col. Henry S. Briggs, Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

(2) Col. Henry L. Eustis, Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

Field and Staff.Line.Band.companies.Unassigned Recruits.Totals.
Number on regimental rolls,—
Enlisted men,1152410211412410810811512113712210821,200
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.27148123313336
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.22116
Actual total of members of regiment,—
Enlisted men,38249911011410710511211813611910421,158

The 10th Mass. Infantry was recruited in the western part of the State, was mustered into the service June 21, 1861, under Col. Henry S. Briggs, and left Boston July 25, 1861, for Washington, where it remained stationed at Camp Brightwood during the autumn and winter of 1861-62. On March 27, 1862, it left Washington for Fortress Monroe, and was engaged during the siege of Yorktown and present at the battle of Williamsburg. It was located for the month of May near Bottom's Bridge; engaged with loss at Fair Oaks May 31; was present at Oak Grove June 25, and heavily engaged at Malvern Hill. After the encampment at Harrison's Landing, the regiment returned with the army to Alexandria and united with General Pope's army at Chain Bridge September 2. On September 3 it began its part in the campaign into Maryland, was present though not called into action at Antietam, and was engaged without loss at Fredericksburg, encamping afterward in winter quarters at Falmouth, Va. At the battle of Chancellorsville the regiment, as part of General Sedgwick's forces, was engaged May 3 at Marye's Heights and Salem Church under command of Major Parker, Colonel Eustis being in command of brigade. The regiment was in reserve and on the skirmish line during the battle of Gettysburg, and followed the retreat of the Confederates into Virginia. It acted in support of artillery at the battle of Rappahannock Station November 7, took part in the Mine Run campaign, and encamped afterward at Brandy Station for the winter, engaging in February in the expedition to Robertson's River.

At the battle of the Wilderness the regiment suffered great loss on May 5, taking active part again on May 6. At Spotsylvania it was engaged and under heavy fire on the 8th, 9th and 12th of May, and took part also with loss on the 18th. It was engaged at Cold Harbor, moving on June 13 toward Petersburg, and encamping June 17 within two miles of the city. On June 19 the regiment was relieved and withdrew from the front, its term of service having expired. It went to Washington June 22 and reached Springfield, Mass., June 25, where five companies were mustered out July 1, and the remainder July 6, 1864.

1 Including non-commissioned staff.

2 Including non-commissioned staff.

3 Including non-commissioned staff.

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