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Twenty-fourth regiment Massachusetts Infantry.

(1) Col. Thomas G. Stevenson, Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

(2) Col. Francis A. Osborn, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

(3) Col. Albert Ordway, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. Vols.

Field and Staff.Line.Band.companies.Unassigned Recruits.Totals.
Number on regimental rolls,—
Enlisted men,1202521412011814111513120011813413081,474
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in regiment.29336574552150
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within regiment.1121131111
Actual totals of members of regiment,—
Enlisted men,3112521011611013610712719411013112881,413

The 24th Mass. Infantry, known as the New England Guards regiment, had as its basis the 4th Battalion M. V. M., whose major, Thomas Greely Stevenson, recruited and organized the regiment at Camp Massasoit, Readville, Mass., during the autumn of 1861, and became its colonel. It left the State Dec. 9, 1861, for Annapolis, Md., and, being assigned to Foster's Brigade, joined General Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, sailing for Hatteras Inlet Jan. 9, 1862. It was present at the battle of Roanoke Island, February 8, and had an advanced position at New Berne, March 14. Occupying headquarters at Camp Lee, the regiment engaged during March in an expedition to Washington, N. C., and in one up the Neuse River. Three companies were sent to Washington again in May; and the remainder of the regiment, moving there in June, met the enemy at Tranters Creek June 5; two companies again serving on detached duty at Washington, N. C., from July 8 to September 12, took part with loss in the engagement on September 6.

The first of November the regiment, with the exception of two companies, left on picket at New Berne, took part in the Tarboroa expedition, and engaged in the Goldsboroa expedition in December. On Jan. 29, 1863, the command was ordered to St. Helena Island, S. C., and was engaged July 16 and 18 on James and Morris Islands, engaging afterward in the siege of Fort Wagner. On August 26 the regiment charged and captured a line of Confederate rifle pits, suffering some loss in the engagement. It was transferred to Florida in September, and remained stationed at St. Augustine during the autumn and winter of 1863-64; while here more than 400 men re-enlisted for another term and returned to Massachusetts for thirty days furlough. The remainder of the regiment, transferred to Jacksonville, met the re-enlisted men at Gloucester Point, Va., May 1, 1864, and, as part of the 10th Army Corps, the command moved to Bermuda Hundred. It took part at Drewry's Bluff May 12-16, and, moving with the brigade to Deep Bottom, June 20, met heavy loss in the engagement there of August 14-18. Colonel Osborn being in command of a brigade, the regiment served under Captain Maker on the 14th and under Captain Gardner on the succeeding days. On August 26 the regiment took position in front of Petersburg and engaged in the siege. On Dec. 9, 1864, the last of the men whose term of service under the original enlistment had expired were mustered out. The regiment returned to Bermuda Hundred December 18, where it remained encamped until the fall of Petersburg, in April, 1865. Ordered to Richmond, Va., it remained on guard duty in the city until January of the following year, having received two officers and 170 enlisted men from the 34th and 14 men from the 40th Mass. Infantry in June, 1864. On Jan. 20, 1866, the regiment was mustered out at Richmond, and returned at once to Massachusetts for final dis. charge and payment.

1 Including non-commissioned staff.

2 Including non-commissioned staff.

3 Including non-commissioned staff.

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