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6th Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Sixth Infantry. — Cols., Edward F. Jones, Albert S. Follansbee; Lieut.- Col., Melvin Beal; Majs., Benjamin F. Watson, Charles A. Stott, Thomas O. Allen. The 6th regiment, Mass. militia, offered its services in Jan., 1861, and when the call came in April was the first to arrive in Washington. Its passage through Baltimore is noted, where the bloodshed in an encounter with an agry mob was the first of the war. Four men were killed and 36 wounded. The term of service was from April 22 to Aug. 2, 1861. The 6th was again the first regiment to volunteer under the call for troops for nine months, and was mustered in from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 1862, ten companies strong. All along the route to Washington it was enthusiastically welcomed, even Baltimore joining in the demonstrations. After several expeditions into the enemy's country the regiment was under fire for the first time in Nov., 1862, on the Blackwater river, Va. During the winter it was quartered near Suffolk and was there through the siege in April and May, 1863. It left Suffolk for Boston, May 26, 1863, and was mustered out at Lowell on June 3. From July 14 to 19, 1864, the 6th was again mustered into the U. S. service at Readville and was mustered out at the same place, Oct. 27, 1864. It left for Washington a third time on July 20, 1864, and there performed garrison duty until the close of its term.

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

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