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41st Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Forty-first Infantry. — Col., Thomas E. Chickering; Lieut.-Cols., Ansel D. Wass, Lorenzo D. Sargent; Majs., Lorenzo D. Sargent, John F. Vinal. This was the last of the ordinary three years' regiments sent out by the state, the 54th and 55th (colored), and the four veteran regiments of 1863, being the only infantry regiments subsequently enlisted for that term. It was recruited at Lynnfield and Boxford, and was organized and mustered into service from Aug. 5 to Nov. 1, 1862. It left for New York on Nov. 5, where it reported to Gen. Banks; embarked on the steamer North Star, which sailed for New Orleans Dec. 4, and reached Baton Rouge on the 15th. It landed at this place and was assigned to the 2nd brigade (Col. W. R. Kimball), 4th division (Gen. Cuvier Grover), 19th corps, with which it participated in the Bayou Teche expedition in April, 1863, and reached Opelousas on the 20th, where Col. Chickering was appointed military commander of the district. Here the men were provided with horses confiscated from the surrounding district, and on May 11 moved to Barre's landing. The regiment was thenceforth known as the 41st mounted rifles. In June it reported to Gen. Banks at Port Hudson and while engaged here in outpost, scout and train duty, an order was issued consolidating the command with the 1st, 2nd, and 3d companies unattached cavalry, to form what was henceforth known as the 3d Mass. cavalry, (q. v.)

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

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