Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)
Organized at Readville and mustered in May
13, 1863. Left Boston on Steamer "De Molay" for Hilton Head, S. C., May 28,
arriving there June 3. Attached to U. S. Forces, St. Helena Island, S. C.,
10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade 1st
Division, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Army Corps, July, 1863. 3rd Brigade,
Morris Island, S. C., to August, 1863. 4th Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., to
November, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., to January, 1864.
Montgomery's Brigade, District of Hilton Head, S. C., to February, 1864.
Montgomery's Brigade, District of Florida, February, 1864. 3rd Brigade,
Ames' Division, District of Florida, to April, 1864. Folly and Morris
Islands, S. C., Northern District, Dept. South, to October, 1864. 1st
Separate Brigade, Dept. South, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Coast
Division, Dept. South, to February, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, Northern
District, Dept. South, to March, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, District of
Charleston, S. C., Dept. South, to June, 1865. 3rd Sub-District, District
of, Charleston, Dept. South Carolina, to August, 1865.
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SERVICE.--At Thompson's Plantation near Beaufort, S. C., June 4-8, 1863.
Moved to St. Simon's Island June 8-9. Expedition up Altamaha River June
10-11. At St. Simon's Island June 12-24. At St. Helena Island June 25-July
8. To Stono Inlet July 8. Expedition against James Island July 9-16. Affair
Legaresville July 13. Secessionville July 16. Moved to Morris Island July
16-18. Assault on
Fort Wagner July 18. Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg,
Morris Island, July 18-September 7, and against
Fort Sumpter and
Charleston September 7, 1863, to January 28, 1864. Capture of Forts
Wagner and Gregg September 7, 1863. Moved to Hilton Head, S. C., January 28,
1864. Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla., February 5-7. Capture of
Jacksonville February 6. Expedition to Lake City, Fla., February 7-22.
Battle of Oolustee
February 20. Duty at Jacksonville till April 17. Moved to Morris Island
April 17-18. Duty on Morris and Folly Islands, S. C., till November, 1864.
Expedition to James Island June 30-July 10. Actions on James Island July 2,
9 and 10. Six Companies in charge of rebel prisoners under fire of
Charleston Batteries September 7 to October 20. Eight Companies moved to
Hilton Head, November 27. (Cos. "B" and "F" at Morris Island till February,
1865.) Expedition to Boyd's Neck, S. C., November 29-30. Boyd's Landing
November 29. Battle of
November 30. Demonstration on Charleston Camp; Savannah Railroad December
6-9. Moved to Graham's Neck December 20. Connect with Sherman's Army at
Pocotaligo, S. C., January 15, 1865. March to Charleston January 15-February
23, skirmishing all the way. (Cos. "B" and "F" occupy Charleston February
18.) Regiment on duty at Charleston February 27 to March 12. At Savannah,
Ga., March 13-27. At Georgetown, S. C., March 31-April 5. Potter's
Expedition to Camden April 5-25. Seven Mile Bridge April 6. Destruction of
Eppes' Bridge, Black River, April 7. Dingle's Mills April 9. Destruction of
Rolling Stock at Wateree Junction April 11. Singleton's Plantation April 12.
Statesburg April 15. Occupation of Camden April 17. Boykin's Mills April 18.
At Georgetown April 25. Duty at Georgetown, Charleston, and various points
in South Carolina April 25 to August 17. Mustered out at Mount Pleasant, S.
C., August 20, 1865. Discharged at Boston, Mass., September 1, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and
mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 270.
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