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in the Civil War
|Thirty-sixth Infantry. Cols., John W. Kimball, Henry Bowman,
Thaddeus L. Barker; Lieut.-Cols., John B. Norton, Arthur A. Goodell, William F. Draper,
Thaddeus L. Barker, James B. Smith; Majs., James H. Barker, Arthur A. Goodell, William F.
Draper, Thaddeus L. Barker, James B. Smith, Edward T. Raymond. This regiment, composed
mostly of Worcester county men, was mustered in for three years at Worcester, in Aug. and
Sept., 1862, and mustered out at Fort Lyon, near Alexandria, June 8, 1865. In Oct., 1864,
the 21st battalion Mass. infantry was attached to the 36th and with the recruits was
transferred to the 56th when the 36th was mustered out. The total number of members was
1,275, of whom 106 were killed or died of wounds, and 118 died from accident or disease.
The regiment left camp for Washington Sept. 2, 1862, and was assigned to Gen. Burnside's
command, which it joined near Sharpsburg, Md. Its part at Fredericksburg was not an
important one; the winter was spent in that locality, and in the spring of 1863 it was
ordered to the Department of the Ohio. It was posted for a time at Lexington, Ky., where
several excursions were made into the surrounding country, and on June 4 it started for
Vicksburg to reinforce Gen. Grant. Here it joined in the siege, pursued Gen. Johnston to
Jackson and took part in the siege there. The men suffered much from sickness in the south
and were in no condition to endure hardships. Nevertheless, in the campaign in East
Tennessee, which was the next battle-ground, the regiment fought bravely at Blue Springs,
Campbell's station and Knoxville. In April, 1864, it returned to Annapolis, joined the
Army of the Potomac and performed important services in the battles of the Wilderness and
Spottsylvania, suffering severe loss. At Cold Harbor and Petersburg the 36th was engaged,
meeting the enemy on the Weldon railroad, at Poplar Spring Church and Hatcher's run. After
the fall of Petersburg, routine duties occupied the regiment until the order came for
muster out and the men returned home after serving the Union cause for nearly three years
in eastern, central and southern states.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1