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29th Maine Regiment Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Twenty-ninth Infantry. — Cols., George L. Beal, George H. Nye; Lieut. -Col., Charles S. Emerson; Majs., William Knowlton, George H. Nye, John M. Gould. Col. Beal, formerly of the 10th Me., was authorized to recruit this regiment, which was one of the veteran volunteer organizations raised in Maine near the close of 1863. It was organized at Augusta, from Nov. 13, 1863, to Jan., 1864, to serve for three years, with the exception of Companies A and D, which were transferred from the 10th Me. battalion and joined the regiment at New Orleans, La. Co. A was mustered out Oct. 18, 1864, its term of service having expired, and its place was filled by the 1st company of unassigned infantry, organized at Augusta on Sept. 1, 1864, to serve for one year. The new Co. A was mustered out June 5, 1865 ; the balance of the regiment was mustered out at Hilton Head, S. C, June 21, 1866, and arrived in New York harbor June 28, where the men were paid and discharged. The regiment left Augusta Jan. 31, 1864, and embarked at Portland on Feb. 2, on the steamship De Molay for New Orleans, where it arrived on the 16th. It participated in the Red River expedition under Gen. Banks, being assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 19th corps, and rendered brilliant service at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, La. It assisted in building the dam which saved the gunboats of the fleet, and was at one time without sleep and very little to eat for 60 hours, marching 56 miles in the meantime and fighting two battles. On July 12, it returned to Fortress Monroe and subsequently took part in all the movements of the Army of the Shenandoah, including the battles of Winchester, Fisher's hill, and Cedar creek. Maj. Knowlton was fatally wounded at Winchester, and in the action at Cedar creek the regiment lost 18 killed and 111 wounded. During the winter of 1864-65 it was in winter quarters in the neighborhood of Stephenson's depot, Va., attached to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 19th corps. It did guard duty at Washington arsenal over the assassins of President Lincoln on May 4-5, 1865, and took part in the grand review of the Army of the Potomac on the 23d. On June 5 it arrived in Savannah, Ga., by boat, whence they went to Georgetown, S.C. on the 14th and 15th. From this time until March 27, 1866, detachments of the regiment were occupied at various stations in South Carolina, with headquarters at Darlington. On the last-named date the regiment was ordered to Hilton Head, S. C, which it occupied, with detachments at St. Helena island and at Seabrook, until it was mustered out.

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

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