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36th Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
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

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