Acton Memorial Library
Acton men who served in the 42nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia:
Bowman G. Salisbury, 100 days, Co. E
Regimental history from Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, compiled and published by the Adjutant General:
Regimental history from A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, by Frederick Dyer:
Organized at Camp Meigs, Reedville, November 11, 1862. Left State for New York November 11, thence to East New York November 22. Sailed December 2 for New Orleans, La. (Cos. "D," "G" and "I"), on Steamer "Saxon," arriving at Ship Island December 14, and at New Orleans December 16. Companies "A," "B" and "F" on Steamer "Quincy," arriving at Hilton Head, S. C., December 11, at Tortugas, Fla., December 20, at Ship Island, Miss., December 26, and at New Orleans, December 29. Companies "C" and "H" on Steamer "Shetucket," arriving at New Orleans January 1, 1863. Companies "E" and "K" on Steamer "Chas. Osgood," arriving at New Orleans January 1, 1863. Attached to Sherman's Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1863.
SERVICE.--Companies "D," "G" and "I" moved on Steamer "Saxon" to Galveston, Texas, December 1924, 1862. Occupation of Galveston December 24 (Cos. "D," "G," "I"). Action at Galveston January 1, 1863. Captured and paroled at Alexandria, La., February 18, 1863, and rejoined Regiment at New Orleans February 22. Assigned to duty at Paroled Camp Bayou, Gentilly, until July. Companies "A," "B," "E," "F" and "K" at Carrollton, La., until January 26, 1863. Moved to Bayou Gentilly on Ponchartrain Railroad, and duty there until July. Companies "C" and "H" detached from Regiment January 15, and assigned to duty with Engineer Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, at Camp Parapet, and erecting fortifications for the Defence of New Orleans until June. Rejoined Regiment at Camp Farr June 5. Company "K" detached February 16 for Engineer duty. Moved to New Orleans February 18, and placed in charge of a pontoon train. Moved to Bayou Montesino March 10 and laid bridge, returning to Baton Rouge March 15. Expedition up Mississippi River March 19-22. Moved to New Orleans March 23-24, thence to Brashear City April 6. Expedition to Bayou Teche with bridge 300 feet long, which was placed across Bayou Teche April 12, Removed torpedoes and obstructions to Indian Bend April 12-15. Removed obstructions to wreck of Steamer "Cotton" April 15-23. Moved to Brashear City April 23, thence to Washington on Courtableaux River. Expedition to Alexandria and Simsport April 27-May 21. Ordered to Port Hudson May 21. Siege of Port Hudson May 26-July 9. Laid bridge at Sandy Creek May 26. LaFourche June 21-22. Brashear June 23. Expedition to Donaldsville July 13-21 and laid bridge across Bayou LaFourche 280 feet long. Relieved from duty as Engineers and rejoined Regiment at New Orleans. Regiment engaged in outpost and picket duty from Bayou St. John to Point Aux Herbs. Company "A" at battery on Bayou St. John until July 28. Company "F" at Lakeport April 6 to July 28. Regiment concentrated and moved to Boston July 31-August 10. Mustered out August 20, 1863.
Regiment lost during service 4 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 44 Enlisted men by disease. Total 50.
One Hundred Days
Organized at Reedville for 100 days July 22, 1864. Mustered out November 11, 1864.
Bosson, Charles P. History of the Forty-Second Regiment Infantry Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862, 1863, 1864. Boston: Mills, Knight & Co., Printers, 1886. https://archive.org/details/historyoffortyse00boss; https://archive.org/details/02016134.3255.emory.edu
United States National Archives and Records Service. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations - MASSACHUSETTS Fortieth Infantry, Forty-Second Infantry Forty-Second Infantry (100 Days, 1864) Forty-Third Militia, Infantry through Fifty-Third Militia, Infantry Fifty-Sixth Infantry Through Sixty-Second Infantry First Unattached Co., Militia Infantry (90 Days, 1864) through Thirteenth Unattached Co., Militia Infantry (90 Days, 1864) Fifteenth Unattached Co., Militia Infantry (100 Days, 1864) through Twenty-seventh Unattached Co., Militia Infantry (1 year, 1864-65) Boston Cadet Co., Militia, Infantry Salem Cadets, Militia, Infantry Capt. Staten's Co., Volunteers, Infantry (6 Months, 1862). Washington: National Archives and Records Service, n.d. https://archive.org/details/compiledrecordss0082unit