35th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
Three Years

Acton men who served in the 35th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry:

Daniel H. Adams, Co. I (wounded, P.O.W.)

Herbert E. Preston, Co. D



Regimental history from Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, compiled and published by the Adjutant General:

    The 35th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. was organized at Camp Stanton, Lynnfield, and was composed mostly of men enrolled in eastern Massachusetts. It was recruited during July and the early part of August, 1862, and its members were mustered into the service largely between August 9 and 19. Under Col. Edward A. Wild the regiment left for the seat of war August 22, reaching Washington on the 24th. On Sept. 8, it was assigned to Ferrero's (2d) Brigade, Sturgis' (2d) Division, Reno's (9th) Corps.
     Joining the Army of the Potomac it took part in the battle of South Mountain, Sept.14, 1862, where Col. Wild lost his left arm. At Antietam, Sept. 17, under command of Lieut. Col. Carruth, the regiment lost 214 officers and men, of whom 69 were killed or mortally wounded. At Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, it again suffered severely, losing Major Willard, who was in command. It camped during the early part of the winter near Falmouth.
     On Feb. 9, 1863, it was transferred to Newport News, Va., and, after a few weeks stay at this place, was sent with the 9th Corps into Kentucky, being stationed at Mount Stirling, Lancaster, Stanford, and other places. Lieut. Col. Carruth now became colonel of the regiment. It was next ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., to reinforce Gen. Grant, remaining about four weeks, until the surrender of the city, July 4. It participated in the pursuit of Johnston's army to Jackson, Miss., and was present at the capture of the city, then returned to its old camp near Vicksburg. From here it proceeded by bout and train to Cincinnati, reaching there the 14th of August.
     Proceeding to Knoxville, Tenn., which it reached Oct. 22, it participated in the defense of the city against Longstreet. After the close of the siege, Dec. 4, the 35th soon proceeded to Blain's Cross Roads, where it remained, enduring great privations, until January, 1864. After various movements - to Knoxville, Morristown, and elsewhere the regiment returned to Cincinnati. Here, April 1, it entrained for Baltimore, Md., from whence it took bout for Annapolis.
     In the reorganization of the 9th Corps the regiment, now commanded by Major Nat Wales, became a part of Carruth's (1st) Brigade, Stevenson's (1st) Division. During the battle of the Wilderness, May 5 and 6, and the first part of that of Spottsylvania, May 8 to 12, the 35th was in charge of the supply train of the let Division, and was not engaged.
     Returning to its brigade, May 17, on the following day it was in the last assault on the Confederate lines at Spottsylvania, moving thence to the North Anna River, where it was again engaged, May 25.
     It was now detailed as an engineer corps for the 1st Division. At Cold Harbor, June 3, it was posted near Bethesda Church and suffered light loss. Crossing the Jameson June 15, the regiment participated in the siege of Petersburg.
     At the Crater fight, July 30, it was heavily engaged, losing 12 killed and 34 wounded. At Weldon Railroad, Aug. 19, it was again engaged with loss, It was now reduced to two officers and about 100 men present for duty.
     In another reorganization of the 9th Corps early in September it was assigned to Curtin's (1st) Brigade, Potter's (2d) Division. About this time there were added to the regiment 385 German and French substitutes, recently arrived in this country and ignorant of the English tongue. Major Hudson now commanded the regiment. At Poplar Spring Church, Sept. 30, it was severely engaged, losing 163 prisoners. For two months it was now posted near Forts Fisher and Welsh. During the midwinter it was stationed in the rear of Fort Sedgwick (Fort Hell). From March 7, 1865, until the fall of Petersburg, April 2, it formed a part of the garrison of this fort. It then joined in the pursuit of Lee's army and was at Farmville when the news came of the surrender.
     Arriving at Alexandria, Va., April 28, it remained as a part of the garrison of the District of Columbia until June 9, when it transferred its recruits to the 29th Regiment and was mustered out of the service. Returning to Readville, Mass., on June 27, the men were paid off and discharged.


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

    Organized at Worcester August 1, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 22. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863; Dept. of the Ohio to June, 1863; Amy of the Tennessee to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Ohio to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1864. Acting Engineers, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

    March into Maryland September 6-12, 1862. Battles of South Mountain, Md., September 14, and Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Pleasant Valley until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 27-November 19. Warrenton, Sulphur Springs, November 15. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until February 19. Moved to Newport News, Va., February 19, thence to Covington, Ky., March 26-30. Moved to Paris April 1, and to Mr. Sterling April 3. To Lancaster May 6-7, thence to Crab Orchard May 23, and to Stanford May 25. Movement to Vicksburg, Miss., June 3-14. Siege of Vicksburg June 14-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Milldale until August 6. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, August 6-14. At Covington, Ky., until August 18. March to Nicholasville August 18-25, and to Crab Orchard September 9-11. March over Cumberland Mountains to Knoxville, Tenn., thence to Lenoir Station October 2-29. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. At Lenoir Station until November 14. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 4. Pursuit of Longstreet December 5-19. Operations in East Tennessee until March 20, 1864. Movement to Annapolis, Md., March 20-April 7. Rapidan Campaign May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Ny River May 10; Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. March to Farmville April 4-10. Moved to City Point, thence to Alexandria April 20-28, Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 9, and discharged from service June 27, 1865.

    Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 138 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 100 Enlisted men by disease. Total 249.

See also:

Bartol, C.A. The Nation's Hour, a Tribute to Major Sidney Willard: delivered in the West Church, December 21, Forefathers' Day. Boston: Walker, Wise, and Company, 1862. https://archive.org/details/nationshourtribu01bart; https://archive.org/details/nationshourtribu00bart; https://archive.org/details/nationshourtribu02bart

Locke, Calvin S. The Patriotic Volunteer: a Sermon Delivered, October 19, 1862, at the Funeral of George F. Whiting, who Died at Middletown, Maryland, Oct. 5, from a Wound Received at the Battle of South Mountain, Sept.14, 1862. Boston: Press of John Wilson and Son, 1862. https://archive.org/details/patrioticvolunte00lock

Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 35th (1862-1865). History of the Thirty-Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865, with a Roster. Boston: Mills, Knight & Co., Printers. https://archive.org/details/thirtyfifthregmass00commrich; https://archive.org/details/04455369.3253.emory.edu