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33rd Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Thirty-third Infantry - Cols., Albert C. Maggi, Adin B. Underwood, Elisha Doane; Lieut.-Cols., Adin B. Underwood, Godfrey Ryder, Jr., Elisha Doane, Albion W. Tebbetts; Majs., Adin B. Underwood, James L. Bates, James Brown, William H. Lamson, Elisha Doane, Albion W. Tebbetts, Edward W. Blasland. The 33d was mustered in for three years in Aug., 1862, at Lynnfield, and was mustered out at Washington, June 11, 1865. The total number of members was 1,280, of whom 102 were killed or died of wounds and 65 died from disease or accident. The regiment left the state on Aug. 14, 1862, for Washington, where it remained until Oct. 10. After several short marches undertaken upon rumors of the enemy's presence, it started for Fredericksburg, Dec. 10, but arrived too late to take part in the battle. It had, however, the experience of the "Mud March" and made winter quarters near Stafford Court House. On April 27, 1863, the march to Chancellorsville was commenced. The regiment had no important part in this engagement, but in June at Beverly ford, it was in action all day. It lost heavily at Gettysburg and was complimented for gallant behavior. It was encamped at Bristoe Station until Sept. 24, when it was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, moved to Bridgeport, Ala., where it arrived on Oct. 1, and at Chattanooga on Oct. 25. It was in the battles at Lookout mountain and Chattanooga, and took part in the attack on Missionary ridge. It started for Knoxville, but upon hearing that the siege was over returned to Chattanooga. Winter quarters were built in Lookout valley and here the regiment remained until May, 1864. The first battle of this year was at Resaca, where the 33d made a brilliant charge, and it was in the engagements at Dallas and Kennesaw mountain. On July 17th the regiment, having become greatly reduced in numbers, was detailed as train guard and remained in the rear while siege operations were carried on before Atlanta. It was ordered to Atlanta, on Sept. 5, where various duties in the city were assigned to it until Nov. 16, when the long march was commenced which brought the troops to Savannah, Dec. 10. After a short rest the weary army started northward at the beginning of 1865, with engagements at Averasboro and Bentonville. Gen. Johnston's surrender closely followed that of Gen. Lee, and the army of Gen. Sherman, after its wonderful march, reached Washington and participated in the grand review, after which the men joyfully returned to their homes.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1

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