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in the Civil War
|Twenty-fifth Infantry. Cols., Edwin Upton, Josiah Pickett, James
Tucker; Lieut.-Cols., Augustus B. R. Sprague, Orson Moulton, James Tucker, Samuel
Harrington; Majs., Matthew J. McCafferty, Josiah Pickett, Cornelius G. Atwood, John W.
Davis. This regiment, composed mainly of Worcester county men, was mustered in at
Worcester for three years in the fall of 1861, and was mustered out at Worcester, Oct. 20,
1864, when the recruits and reenlisted men were formed into a battalion of four companies,
which was mustered out at Readville, July 28, 1865. The total strength of the command was
1,519, of whom 126 died from wounds and 169 from disease or imprisonment. Co. A was made
up of Worcester men; Co. B, from Milford; Cos. D, E and G, from Worcester and Co. F, from
Fitchburg. In spite of the large number of deaths due to disease (126) the
adjutant-general reports, in 1865, only 268 discharged for disability and only 13
deserters. The regiment was honored by the women of Worcester with a flag and left there
Oct. 31 for Annapolis. With the two preceding regiments it joined the "Burnside
expedition" into North Carolina, reached Roanoke island early in Feb., 1862, after
severe storms, and remained there till March 6. In March the battle of New Berne was
fought, after which the regiment remained on duty in the city till May 9, when it was
ordered to Red house. Headquarters remained at New Berne during the summer and autumn, and
expeditions were made to Trenton, Plymouth and Tarboro. In Dec. the regiment joined in the
Goldsboro expedition, which fought the battles of Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro. The
year 1863 was spent at New Berne, with several excursions into the surrounding country,
and it was not until December that the troops were sent to Newport News and in Jan., 1864,
to Yorktown, Va. The next camps were at Williamsburg and Getty's station and the last of
April found the regiment at Yorktown. On May 4, 1864, the 25th embarked for Bermuda
Hundred and after its arrival there participated in the battles at Port Walthall Junction,
Arrowfield Church and Drewry's bluff. At Cold Harbor it made a heroic charge and was able
to hold the ground thus gained. On June 13 it moved to Petersburg and was occupied there
until Sept. 4, when orders came to return to New Berne. Here it remained till March 3,
1865, when it was ordered to Kinston and encountered the enemy on the 10h at Wise's forks.
On March 22, it left Kinston for Goldsboro, then moved to Mosely hall, thence to
Goldsboro, then to Raleigh and Charlotte, remaining in camp at the last place till orders
came for muster out.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1