Sixth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia

Regimental history from
A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion,
by Frederick Dyer


Three Months

Tendered services to government January 21, 1861. Moved from Lowell to Boston in response to call of the President April 15, 1861. Left Boston for Washington, D.C., April 17 via New York and Philadelphia and to Baltimore April 19. Attacked in streets of Baltimore April 19. Reached Washington April 19 and camp in Capitol Buildings. Moved to Relay House May 5 and to Baltimore May 13, returning to Relay House May 16. Guard railroad until June 13. Duty at Baltimore and Relay House until July 29. Relieved from duty July 29, and mustered out August 2, 1861.

Lost 4 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded.


Nine Months

Organized at Camp Wilson, Lowell, and mustered in August 31, 1862. Moved to Washington, D.C., September 9-12; thence moved to Suffolk, Va., September 14-15. Attached to Foster's Provisional Brigade, Division at Suffolk, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to June, 1863.

SERVICE.--Duty at Suffolk until May, 1863. Expedition to Western Branch Church October 3-4, 1862. Expedition to Blackwater October 24-26 and November 17-19. Skirmish at Lawrence's Plantation November 17. Expedition to Beaver Dam Church December 1-3. Action on the Blackwater near Franklin December 2. Expedition to Zuni December 11-13. Action at Zuni December 11. Action at Deserted House January 30, 1863. Siege of Suffolk April 12-May 4. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Operations on Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad May 12-26. Holland House May 15-16. Moved to Boston May 26-29, and there mustered out June 3, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 11 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 18 Enlisted men by disease. Total 31.


100 Days

Organized at Readville and mustered in July 14-19, 1864. Left State for Washington, D.C., July 20, arriving there July 22. Assigned to garrison duty at Fort C. F. Smith on Arlington Heights until August 21. Moved to Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch island, relieving 157th Ohio Infantry from guard duty. Guarding Rebel prisoners there until October 19. Moved to Boston October 19-21. Mustered out October 27, 1864.

Lost 10 Enlisted men by disease.


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