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in the Civil War
|Twenty-fourth Infantry. Col, George M. Atwood; Lieut. -Cols.,
Charles T. Bean, Eben Hutchinson; Majs., Eben Hutchinson, William Holbrook. This regiment
was mustered into the U. S. service at Augusta, Oct. 16, 1862, to serve for nine months.
On the 29th it left for New York and reported to Maj.-Gen. Banks. The regiment was
detained at East New York by sickness until Jan. 12, 1863, when it embarked for New
Orleans, arriving there Feb. 14. On the 26th it was ordered to Bonnet Carre, 40 miles
above New Orleans, and was there assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, under command
of Gen. Nickerson. While at this place details from the regiment were variously engaged in
active duties at different times and places. On May 21, it was ordered to Port Hudson and
participated in the entire siege of that stronghold, including the desperate assaults of
May 27 and June 14, but suffered few casualties. The southern climate, however, worked
havoc in their ranks, as they lost 184 men from disease and nearly 100 more were
discharged for disability. Of the 900 men who went out with the regiment, 570 returned. It
left Port Hudson for Maine, via Cairo, Ill., July 24, arrived at Augusta on Aug. 6, and
was mustered out on the 25th of the same month, after a term of service of nearly one
year. None was killed in battle or died of wounds.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1