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in the Civil War
|Thirty-ninth Infantry. Cols., Timothy Ingraham, P. Stearns Davis,
Charles L. Peirson, Henry M. Tremlett, Frederick R. Kinsley; Lieut- Cols., Charles L.
Peirson, Henry M. Tremlett, John Hutchins; Majs., Henry M. Tremlett, Charles J. Payne,
Frederick R. Kinsley, William W. Graham. The 39th was mustered in at Lynnfield in July and
Aug., 1862, to serve for three years, and was mustered out at Washington, June 2, 1865,
when the recruits and reenlisted men were transferred to the 32nd Mass. infantry. The
total number of members was 1,432, of whom 66 were killed or died of wounds and 83 died by
accident or disease. The command left Boxford Sept. 6 for Washington, and was immediately
posted along the Potomac near Edwards' and Conrad's ferries, on guard duty. From Dec,
1862, to April, 1863, winter quarters were occupied at Poolesville, Md. It was stationed
at Washington on guard duty from the middle of April to July 9, when it left the city and
moved to join the Army of the Potomac, then at Funkstown, Md. It participated in the Mine
Run campaign and spent the winter of 1863-64 at Mitchell's station. In the battle of the
Wilderness its loss was light, but at Laurel hill, it was less fortunate. From the opening
of the spring campaign of 1864, there was plenty of hard service for the 39th. Bethesda
Church, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the operations against the Weldon rail-road,
Hatcher's run, Gravelly run, and Five Forks, all were tests of the mettle and endurance of
the men, to which they responded nobly, performing every service required of them without
faltering. On May 1, 1865, the regiment left the Southside railroad for Arlington heights,
participated in the grand review at Washington and left for Boston, June 4. It is worthy
of mention that the loss of the regiment by death in prison was two-thirds as great as its
other death losses, viz: 102 men.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1