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Bunker Eli, No. Bridgewater
Bunker Henry I., No. Bridgewater
Bennie William H., No.Bridgewater
Colter John L., No. Bridgewater
Coots Henry R., Chelsea
Childs George W., No. Bridge-

Water, promoted to corporal
Creighton John D., Boston
Dhalberg Malcom F., No. Bridge-

water
Doyle Thomas, No. Bridgewater
Dean Albert S., No. Bridgewater
Dodge Aaron B., No. Bridgewater
Davis Joseph P. E. Randolph
Daniels Sargent, No. Bridgewater,

detached to U. S. cavalry
Dose Alexander, No. Bridgewater
Edson Seth, No. Bridgewater
Freeman Joseph W., No. Bridge-

water
Freeman Henry W., No. Bridge-

water
Fuller Robert F., No. Bridgewater
Ford John E., Boston
Frost Andrew J., No. Bridgewater
Greeley John C., No. Bridgewater
Holmes Warren A., No. Bridge-

water
Howard Linus P., No, Bridgewater
Hull Rufus F., Georgetown
Hovey Albert P., Boxford
Hall Nath. H., No, Bridgewater
Harris Christopher T., Plymouth

Howard Volney, Randolph
Hartwell Clarence E., No. Bridge-

water, detached to U. S. artillery
Hamilton John S., No. Bridge-

water, detached to U. S. artillery
Hallahan John, Lowell
Howard Charles, 2d, No. Bridge-

Water
Hayden William W., So. Bridge-

water
Jackson Andrew, W. Bridgewater
Jackson Laban, No. Bridgewater
Keith Thaddeus, No. Bridgewater,

clerk of company
Keith Dexter D., No. Bridgewater
Keith Benjamin J., Bridgewater,

discharged
Keith Martin M., Bridgewater
Lindsteat Carl A., No. Bridgewater
Manchester Francis A., No. Bridge-

water
Maroni Francis M., No. Bridge-

water, promoted to corporal
Morley Henry E., No. Bridgewater
Morse Herbert C., Boxford
Newson William W., Boston
O'Keefe Arthur J. F., Boston
O'Leary Timothy, W. Bridgewater
Porter Isaac C., Stoughton
Packard James A., No. Bridge-

water, promoted to corporal
Packard Samuel N., No. Bridge-

water

Philips Anthony P., No. Bridge

water
Philips Herbert A., No. Bridge-

Water
Perkins Geo. A., No. Bridgewater
Richardson Henry C., Philadelphia
Rugg William H., Boxford
Robinson William F., No. Bridge-

water
Ring Osgood, No. Bridgewater
Recă Charles E., No. Bridgewater
Rogers Henry, So. Bridgewater
Simonds Frederic S., No. Bridge-

water
Stoddard Frank M., E. Stoughton
Sanford Francis A., No. Bridge-

water
Smith George G., No. Easton
Snell Luther T. No. Bridgewater
Stevenson Harrison, Boston
Tinkham Geo. F., No. Bridgewater
Tinkham Ephraim, No. Bridge-

Water
Tripp Nathan M., No. Bridgewater
Temple Ira, Boston
Vincent Joseph J., No. Bridgewater
Walker George B., Weymouth
Whitcomb Geo. T., Randolph, dis-

charged
Wall Thomas W., E. Stoughton
Wade Lewis B., No. Bridgewater
Woods William, Boston

Company G, Abington. – 12th Reg.

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

Captain, IRA BLANCHARD, East Abington. 1st Lieut., EDWARD P. REED, East Abington; 2d Lieut., LYSANDER F. CUSHING, East

Abington.
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.
Sergeants.

Davis Charles H., East Abington Maxwell Charles W., Abington Loud Marcus M., East Abington Davis John T., West Hanover Meserve Justin, North Abington Pratt Samuel L., North Abington Davis Walter R., East Abington Nevens Henry 0., No. Bridgewater Leavitt Harrison C., East Abington Edmands John J., Hingham Newton Thomas J., North Abinga Buxton Aaron O., East Abington Emmons Charles L., Lawrence ton, appointed hospital warden Corporals.

Ewell William T., North Abington Norwood Harry, Boston Glasure James L., North Abington Fish Lee B., North Abington

O'Brien Daniel, East Abington Smith James G., East Abington Fitts James, Hingham

Parker Charles A., Abington Revere Nathan L., Abington, pro- Ford Elliot W., East Abington Perry Josiah F., jr., Hanover moted to ordnance sergt. of reg't Foley Maurice, Abington

Parker Austin G., Cordaville McGill Francis, E. Abington, pro- Foster Solomon, North Abington Phillips Nathaniel, East Abington moted to sergeant

Flynn Daniel, North Abington Pool Francis W., East Abington, Foster Solomon B., East Abington Frisbic Albert, Leicester

promoted to corporal Reed Lewis, East Abington Frisbie Charles, Leicester

Pool Elbridge G., East Abington Dainon Henry, East Abington Freeman Harvey P., East Abington Porter Richard, East Abington Musicians,

Galligher James H., Roxbury Quinn James A., East Abington Canterbury William, Weymouth Gitman George H., North Abington Rand Leander D., East Abugton Smith Bela, Abington Gloyd Spencer, Abington

Randall Stephen D., No. Abington Privates.

Hanson Robert M., East Abington Russell Levi, Natick, discharged Abbott William, North Abington Harper John H., East Abington Shehan Michael, Eust Abington Arnold Moses N., North Abington House Albert, East Abington

Snell Nathaniel B., Eust Abington Atwood Charles, Abington, pro- Howland Charles A., Hanover Smith Dexter, East Abington moted to corporal

Howard Charles W. Luwrence Smith Thomas, North Abington Baldwin Everett, East Abington Hooker Edwin B., North Abington Spurr Warren R., East Abington, Barker Lucius, West Hanover Hannawille John A., Boston

discharged Birmingham Michnel, E. Abington Hutter John, East Abington, pro

Studley William A., East Abington Burbank George W., Lawrence moted to corporal

Sullivan Daniel, Hanover Carpenter Benjamin W., Boston Jacobs William F., East Abington Stephens James G, Buston Cassidy Thomas J., East Abington Jenkins Edwin P., Lawrence

Thompson Samuel, Charlestown Chandler Julius B., East Abington Jones Isaac, Stoughton

Welch David, Worcester Cilley Jasper L., Worcester

Knowles Charles E., Lawrence Williamson Franklin S., East AbCoolahan James, Roxbury Keen Melzar, Abington

ington Conlan Edward, 'East Abington Lewellyn John, East Abington Winslow John C.jr., Duxbury Cooney Patrick, Boston

Looby Jeremiah, Hanover, disch'd Wortman William B., Boston, disCobb Charles Hl., Lawrence

Lucas Luther, Hanover, deserted churged Damon Thomas W., E. Abington Lynch James, North Abington Walker William T., East Abington Daniels Albert E., Roxbury

Maynard Frank W., Lawrence

Company H, Weymouth.– 12th Reg.

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

Captain, JAMES L. BATES, Weymouth. 1st Lieut., Chas. W. HASTINGS, Weymouth ; 2d Lieut., FRANCIS B. PRATT, Weymouth.

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.
Sergeants.

Musicians.

Bates Albert, Weymouth Lyon George P. Weymouth White R. S., Weymouth, attached Bates Alfred L., Weymouth Garey Andrew J., Weymouth

Bates Stephen, Weymouth, deDerby Loring W.Weymouth White R. H.. Weymouth, disch'd tached Thomas Francis, Weyinouth

to band

Buglers.

Bates S. Addison, Weymouth Winslow Joseph B., Weymouth Hamilton L. M., Weymouth

Binney Isaac H., Weymouth
Corporals.
Burns John W., Weymouth

Blackman John H., Weymouth Burrell David B., Weymouth

Wagoners.

Bourne Ezekiel P., Weymouth Bailey Christopher T., Weymouth Clark Albert, Weymouth

Briggs John H., Weymouth
Lewis Edward, Weymouth
Vining Alonzo, Weymouth

Bowker James B., Weymouth
Pope Charles A., Weymouth
Vance William

Brooks Spencer L., Weymouth Hamilton Uncius, Weymouth

Privates.

Birmingham Matthew, Weymouth French George W., Weymouth Andrus Edward G., Weymouth Blanchard Alonzo, Weymouth Beals E. Franklin, Weymouth Atkinson Jas., Lawrence, attached

Burns Francis D., Weymouth Richards Benjamin F., Weymouth to 5th Cavalry

Curtis Charles H., Weymouth

Churchill Joshua F., Weymouth
Cushing Charles E., Weymouth
Cunningham John F., Scituate
Damon Joshua F., Weymouth
Dunbar James D., Weymouth
Davis George, Weymouth
Dean Zebulon D., 'Weymouth, dis-

charged
Deshon Jason L., Weymouth
Day Joshua, Weymouth
French Samuel L., Weymouth
Gammage Theodore A., Boston
Gannett Joseph H., Weymouth
Gardner Jacob, jr., Weymouth, dis-

charged
Hayward Josiah, Weymouth
Hayden George F., Weymouth
Holbrook George A., Weymouth
Hollis Asaph L., Weymouth
Jones Charles G., Chelsea
Kingman Nathan, Weymouth
Kennison Benj. R., Weymouth
Loud Francis M., Weymouth
Larmay Joseph, Weymouth

Lewis William H., Weymouth
Lewis George F., Weyinouth
Long William, Weymouth
Macauley Matthew, Weymouth
McFavor George, Weymouth
Mitchell George W., Weymouth
Maynard George F., Weymouth
Merchant William F., Weymouth
Mitchell William, Weymouth
McArdle Patrick, Weymouth
Munroe Alfred C., Weymouth
Osgood George W., Weyinouth
Orcutt George O., Weymouth
Porter Jonathan K., Stoughton
Pope Warren W., Weymouth
Powers Peter, Weymouth
Parrott Josiah R., Weymouth
Pratt Leonard F., Weymouth
Pratt Josiah H., Weymouth
Prouty Oliver B., Weymouth
Richards George W., Weymouth
Rea John D., Weymouth
Richards Samuel M., Weymouth

Rogers Daniel F., Weymouth
Slattery John G., Weymouth
Smith Richard B., Weymouth
Swears Henry, Weymouth
Spinney Harris H., Weymouth
Stoddard Elbridge I.. Weymouth,

promoted to corporal
Stephens James H., Weymouth
Springer Samuel B., Lawrence, de-

tached to 5th Cavalry
Thomas Minott A., Weymonth
Thomas Leonard, Weyinouth
Thomas Isusc, Weyinouth
Thompson Josiah, Weymouth
Torrey Lorenzo, Weymouth
Thayer John Q.'A., Braintree
Thayer Joseph w., Chelsea
Viníng George W., Weymouth
Wheelan John H., Weymouth
Weed Otis H., jr., Charlestok.
Walker Isaac 11 Weymouth
Young Benjamin M., Weymouth,

discharged

Company I, Stoughton. - 12th Reg.

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

Captain, JOHN RIPLEY, Stoughton. 1st Lieut., CHESTER CLARK, Stoughton; 2d Lieut., WARREN THOMPSON, Stoughton.

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.
Sergeants.

Chase Charles H., Dorchester Marden Joseph W., Stoughton Whitman Jonathan B., Stoughton Crocket Daniel T., Boston

Noyes G. 0., Haverhill
White Seth M., Stoughton
Clow Charles W., Harstaid

Peck Rufus A., Stoughton, killed Johnson Charles E.. Stoughton Curtis Samuel N., Kingston

accidentally at Muddy Branch, Waugh Henry H., Stoughton Dyer Abraham B., Randolph

Md., Sept. 2, 1891
Peabody Charles E., So. Groveland Dorsey Edward, Fall River

Pool Hiram A.Stoughton
Corporals.

Elliott Samuel II., jr., Haverhill Peach John, Lynn
Weld George A., Stoughton

Foster Nathaniel E., Stoughton Page Walter S., Haverhill
Goulding John, Easton
Foster Phineas, Haverhill

Rickards Alden, Stoughton
Bryant Luther S., Stoughton

Frost Julius B., Haverhill, assigned Randall Peleg F.. Easton Lane Edgar N., Stoughton

to 5th Reg. U. S. Cavalry

Rideout Henry W., Stoughton Mason Royal M., Stoughton French Hiram, Easton

Rugg George E., Haverhill Ilolmes Leonard B., Stoughton Ferris Daniel, Abington

Raymond Francis, Stoughton Darling Harvey A., Stoughton Gould Reuben, Stoughton

Stevens Bradford, Stoughton, disRipley Henry W., W. Bridgewater Gilmore Charles A., Easton

charged Muricus.

Holbrook Randall J., Stoughton Stearns Frank, Stoughton
Packard James F., No. Bridgewater Hayden George, Stoughton

Stuart James II., Woburn
Short Charles, Dracut
Holmes Oliver w., Boston

Shaw James, Fall River
Privatex.

Hennesey T. B., Boston, deserted Swallow Alexander, Stoughton
Abbott Edward E., Stoughton
Hussey E. A., Boston

Swallow Vinton F., Stoughton. 38Adlington Joseph S., Stoughton Henry George P., Stoughton

signed to 5th Reg. U. S. Cavalry Austin James H, Stoughton Haddock Oliver, Haverhill

Smith Joseph C., Stoughton
Austin G. O., Haverhill
Hart Timothy, Boston

Shergold N. S., East Weymouth Bryant George W., East Boston Heath George E., Bradford

Sprague John W., Athol
Boyle John, Boston
Harnett Garnett, Boston

Sherinan H. C. R., North BridgeBelcher Edward E., Sharon

Hobby Williain, Gardner, disch'd Water
Baker Horace, Campbell

Jaques Charles H., Stoughton Torrey Joseph S., Boston
Bates George, Stoughton
Johnstone John J.'

Watts John, Easton
Beals Hyrum, Stoughton

Kimball Job K., Stoughton, A9- Williamson Thomas, Stoughton Burnhan Isaac, Stoughton

signed to 5th Reg. U. S. Cavalry Whitney George H., Boston
Colter James A., Stoughton
Kimball Aen H., Groveland

Wood Lysander, Stoughton
Clark Joseph I., Boston
Kimball Charles H.

Wentworth H. M., Stoughton
Clark Eleazer B., Stoughton
Kaiser Joseph, Roxbury

Wentworth Wm. w., Stoughton Cook George A., Ashland

Lewis Lathrop H., Fall River Wood W.A., East Boston Carr William R., South Groveland Lancaster F. A., Haverhill

White James F., Stoughton Carey Patrick, Randolph

Lee Michael J., Boston

Company K, Gloucester. - 12th Reg.

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

Captain, DAVID ALLEN, JR., Gloucester. 1st Lieut., BENJAMIN F. Cook, Gloucester; 2d Licut., GILMAN SAUNDERS, Gloucester.

NON-COMMIESIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.
Sergeante.

Bayley George T., Gloucester Hayward Simeon F., North Bridge-
Ilazel Edwin, Gloucester
Cushing Labin F., Manchester

water Fader Charles W., Gloucester Carter Joseph, Gloucester

Hooper George R., Gloucester Raymond Thomas, Gloucester, tr. Carr Frank J., Gloucester

Hooper William H., Manchester, to Company D

Clark William A., Exeter, N. H., N. H.
Doten Edwin W., No. Bridgewater promoted to corporal

Hodgkins Timothy, Gloucester
Corporal.
Cullen Patrick, Beverly

Haskell Edward, Beverly
Walker Calvin, Limerick, Me. Crowley David, Sonth Danvers Hatch George, Scituate
Savill Sargent L., Gloucester

Crouse James T., Gloucester, pro- Ingersoll Amos M., Gloucester Coas Edward K., Gloucester, pro- moted to corporal

Keating John L., Gloucester moted to sergeant Cole Cleinent C., New York

Kenny John, Gloucester Colby llezekiah, Gloucester, pro- Cotter Michael, Boston

Knowlton Samuel, Manchester moted to sergeant Clifford David E., Essex

Keefe Thomas, Boston Friend George F., Gloucester Dennis John B., Gloucester

Kelley John, Roxbury
Johnson Frederick A., Wenham Driscoll John O., Salem

Lane John, Lowell
Busician.
Douglas Rodney, Swampscott

Lufkin Fitz Otis, Gloucester
Wadleigh Rutus S.,
Manchester Dowling Isaac C., Boston

Lane Edward H., Gloucester
Wagoner.
Dyer Charles B., Wenham

Lewis George W., Gloucester Hicks Thomas R., Gloucester Forsyth James, Providence, R. I. Logan John I... Gloucester Prilates.

Farnsworth Andrew J., Chelsea Love Frederic A. B., Gloucester Allen Isaac F., Manchester

Glenn George W., Manchester Lander William D., Gloucester Allen A.J., Goffstowni, N. H.

Gilmartin Luke, South Danvers Livey Lawrence L., Boston
Allen William, Manchester
Guppy Charles C., Brookfield

Lane Charles H., Lowell
Allen Edward F., Manchester Ilaskell William B., Gloucester, McQuin llugh, Rockport
Atwood William N., Welifleet

promoted to corporal

McGrath Win., Abington Ceptre Aymar Adolphus, Gloucester

Morey Sherborn F., jr., Gloucester

Morey James, Gloucester
Murply Edward, Gloucester
Murray Hardy P., Manchester
Mees Samuel W., jr., Gloucester
May David W., Reverly
Murphy Michael, Boston
Maxwell Charles L., Lowell
Ober Josiah, jr., Beverly
Osgood William M., Tamworth
Patterson Calvin, Belmont, Me.
Parker George W., Gloucester
Puuker Benjamin, Gloucester

Pert Daniel S., Manchester
Rabardy J., Manchester
Sard William F., Vienna, Md., dis-

charged
Simonds John S., Franklin, N. H.
Slater Henry, Gloucester
Stuttle John, Gloucester
Swazey William C., Exeter, N. H.,

discharged
Storey George D., Lynn
Tanner George, Portland, Me.

Tanner James, Portland, Me.
Todd William S., Gloucester
Tracy Charles, Oxford, N. Y.
Trask John, Gloucester
Welden Christopher T., Boston
Wilson George, Gloucrster, pro-

moted corporal
Wright George W.. Quincy
Young Barnabas, Gloucester
Younger Oliver, Boston, died at

Muddy Brancli, Md.

Thirteenth Regiment.

The Fourth Battalion of Rifles formed the basis of the Thirteenth Regiment, and, to complete the organization, six companies, part of which had previously composed the Second Battalion of Rifles M. V. M., were added.

The Rifle Battalion was formed in this way. The City Guard of Boston, one of the oldest volunteer companies of the State, having a history as far back as 1821, after going through various transitions, during all of which, however, it preserved its distinct character, was, during the winter of 1860-61, one of the companies of the First Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, under Col. Cowdin. A vacancy occurred in its command, and a project was broached to cut loose froin the regiment, become a rifle company, and form the gern of a battalion organization. This scheme was entertained at headquarters, and Samuel H. Leonard, lately of Worcester (and proprietor of Leonard's Worcester Express), well known in the State as a thorough military man, having been Brigadier General of the Worcester Brigade, was chosen Captain. In March, 1861, a second company was raised, to which N. Walter Batchelder, a thorough soldier, formerly of the Boston Light Infantry, was elected Captain. Capt. Leonard was then chosen Major, and James N. Fox (an old “ City Guard”), a lawyer of Boston, and a man of large estate and universally esteemed, succeeded to the command of Company A. The two companies were already full before the Fort Sumter affair ignited the Alames of war. An impetus was then given to the military spirit of the community, so that in a few days the applications for recruiting were so numerous that, permission being given, two companies were organized under Capt. John Kurtz and Capt. Augustine Harlow, both well known as militia captains in Boston.

The four companies, thus organized, were composed of young men of Boston and the immediate vicinity, of education and business experience in the stores and counting. rooms of the city, and averaging less than twenty-three years of age. Though they carried into the service of their country intelligence and activity rather than strong arms and muscular frames, they afterwards accomplished the longest marches with unsurpassed endurance.

In May the battalion, numbering about 350 men, procured a neat rifle-gray uniform, costing about $15 per man, paying for it themselves, and asked for service or camp duty. On the 25th of May they were sent to Fort Independence, in Boston harbor, to garrison that place, a company from Roxbury under Capt. Bartlett (who subsequently resigned, and was succeeded by Lieut. Pratt) being added to the garrison as " Conpany E.". Here they remained until after the regiment was organized in July. Mean. while their time was used in the most effective manner for acquiring the art of warfare under their skilful teachers, and their superior drill attracted thousands of visitors 10 the fort to witness their evolutions. So rapid was their advancement, that when, on the 4th of July, they went to Boston to assist in the celebration of the day, num. bering nearly 300 men, the precision and ease of their movements excited much sur. prise and the greatest applause.

About the first of July five more companies were added to the garrison, preparatory to a regimental organization. Two of these were from Marlboro', one from Natick, one from Sudbury, and one from Westboro', - all more or less based on militia organa izations in these places. The members were young men - mostly mechanics - who went forth from the confinement of the workshop with ardor in their new and stirring vocation. The Sudbury company was afterwards disbanded, its members joining other companies, and a company from Stoneham was added to the regiment, its captain being J. P. Gould.

On the 16th of July the regimental organization was announced, Maj. Leonard being Colonel ; Capt. Batchelder, Lieut. Colonel; and Capt. Gould, Major.

When the time of the three months' troops had nearly expired, the “ Thirteenth received marching orders: and, on the 29th of July, left Fort Independence for the seat of war, escorted to the depot in Boston by the old members of tte Boston City Guard. Although the weather was most inauspicious for the event, the streets were jined with multitudes to witness their departure; for, to the people of Boston, this seemed more like their regiment than almost any other which had left for the seat of war, and they felt that in the " Thirteenth" went forth the “flower of the Massachu: setts troops."

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Along the route of the railroad, until their arrival at Norwich at midnight, their passing vas anticipated by crowds at the various stations, who cheered them on their way. At Worcester they disembarked and spent a portion of the evening partaking of a collation tendered by the government of that city.

On the following day, they arrived in New York city. Their appearance, as they marched down Broadway, elicited much applause. Arriving at the Park Barracks at ten, they were dismissed until dinner time, and were soon scattered about the city, viewing the sights of the metropolis.

An incident, which occurred while they were in New York, is worthy of record, as it shows the substantial character of the men composing the regiment. Colonel Leonard was advised to keep his men within the Park, if he wanted to find them there when the hour for departure arrived. “No,” said he; “I can trust every one of them; they may go where they please, and I guarantee that every one will be in his place, sober, at the appointed time."

His words proved true. Ordered to the department of Harper's Ferry, they took passage by the Camden and Amboy Railroad, and, via Philadelphia and Harrisburg, arrived at Hagerstown, Maryland, August 1st. After resting here a day, they took up their line of march, and in twenty-two hours reached Pleasant Valley, two miles from Harper's Ferry, having, in that time, traversed twenty-six miles, over a mountainous country, and under a sultry

Two days after, they took the same road back fifteen miles, and then crossed the mountains, being ordered to Sharpsburg, to guard the fords on the Potomac in that vicinity.

Companies D, F, G, and K, were stationed at headquarters in Sharpsburg. Companies A and B were detailed to “Antietam Ford," four miles down the river; Companies E and H to the ford opposite Shepardstown, Va., and C and I up the river several miles. They remained thus on duty until August 21st.

While opposite Shepardstown, Major Gould sent an expedition of sixty inen across the river by night, which passed through the town unobserved, to the residence of A. R. Boteler, previously a member of Congress, then an active secessionist, whom they arrested. He was brought over without resistance, but was afterwards released.

While Boteler was a prisoner, about three hundred cavalry appeared on the opposite shore, and, firing a volley, retired to cover, bebind some trees and underbrush.

Major Gould, anticipating that they would cross the river, set his men to digging rifle-pits, and sent to Antietam Ford for reinforcements. On arriving, as the enemy had, to all appearances, retired, the reinforcements returned in time to hear a volley fired across the river, at Antietam Ford, by the same party of cavalry, and to see them retreat, followed by the bullets of their comrades, who had been left to guard the camp.

August 21st, the regiment was gathered together at Sharpsburg, and started for Sandy Hook, opposite Harper's Ferry, arriving in the afternoon of the 23d, having traversed a round-about road, bivouacking at Boonsboro' and Broad Run. They remained here until September 3, Companies I and K guarding at the river, the remainder of the regimeni encamped on the plain, east of the Maryland Heights.

Being ordered to General Banks's headquarters at Darnestown, the eight companies not on guard duty took passage on canal boats as far as Conrad's Ferry, then marched across the country sixteen miles, pitching their tents on the 5th of September at Darnestown, it having rained almost every hour during the journey.

While at Darnestown, Company C was sent to Monocacy Junction, to search the trains passing that point, the other seven companies remaining at headquarters five weeks, during which time the men improved their leisure in decorating the streets of their camp with arches and rows of evergreen trees; each street having a name tastefully painted on a sign, the whole named " Hamilton Park,” in compliment to Brigadier-General Hamilton, of whose brigade the Thirteenth formed a part. The camp attracted a great many visitors from the neighboring regiments, who pronounced it the neatest and pleasantest to be found in the army.

October 10th, the seven companies were ordered to Williamsport, sixty miles distant, on the Upper Potomac. They arrived on the 14th, having bivouacked in the rain each night of the journey. On arriving here, Colonel Leonard was placed in command of the district between Harper's Ferry and Hancock, acting as Brigadier-General, with about three thousand five hundred troops under his command, including two pieces of the First Pennsylvania Artillery and a company of one hundred Pennsylvania cavalry.

On the 18th, the three companies, C, I, and K, on detached duty at Harper's Ferry. took part with the Wisconsin regiment, and three companies of the Pennsylvania 28ih (the whole force being under the command of Colonel Geary), in a fight near Bolivar, against a greatly superior force of the enemy, defeating them, and capturing a thirty: two pound cannon. In this affair, Lieut. Jackson, in command of company C, displayed much skill and courage in the management of his men, who were deployed as skirmishers, receiving the commendation of Gov. Geary both on the field and by letter a few days after to the colonel at Williamsport. In this engagement privates Twichell and Stimpson, of Co. C, were severely wounded.

October 31st, the three companies from Harper's Ferry rejoined the regiment. Companies I and K had been on duty at that place over' ten weeks, during which time they had raised defensive works of a permanent character, under the superintendence of Major Gould and Captain Screiber. While at Harper's Ferry, Company I lost one of their men, private Spencer, who, while walking up between the canal and river with six others, was shot by a rebel picket, expiring instantly.

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November 25th, a messenger arrived from Hancock, twenty-seven miles above Wil. liamsport, asking for reinforcements, as six hundred rebels were encamped on, and occasionally firing from, the opposite shore. Companies A, B, E, and H, with one piece of artillery, were dispatched at once. Starting during the evening, they arrived the following afternoon at 3, but only to be disappointed. The field-piece reaching Hancock in advance, opened fire on the rebels, and the first shell, breaking in their midst, caused them to scatter and run in every direction for cover. On the arrival of the companies, not a rebel was to be seen.

On the following day, Company E, that was stationed at Sir John's Run, four miles above Hancock, exchanged fire with a rebel force in ambush, across the river, in which affair private Cheney received a ball in the calf of his leg.

December 7th, the rebels appeared on the Potomac, opposite Dam 5, for the purpose of destroying the dam, and thus stopping the canal navigation,

Company C was dispatched from headquarters, and a lively exchange of rifle shots followed, during which private Kenney was severely but not fatally wounded, being pierced by three bullets, one of which went through both legs. The enemy being over a thousand strong, with three pieces of artillery, Companies & and I, and a Parrott gun from the First Pennsylvania Artillery, were sent up. Firing was kept up on both sides, for a number of days, when the enemy retired without being able to accomplish their object.

A large stone mill, valued at $50,000, from which the rebels nad fired during the daytime, was fired and destroyed in the night by a boat-load of men from the Thirteenth.

From the foregoing sketch it will be seen that though the ranks of the Thirteenth have not been exposed in mass to the rebel fire, yet portions of it have been engaged in important skirmishes, those at Bolivar and Dam No.6 being the principal ones. The duty of the regiment has been important and arduous. No regiment has probably done more marching, and it has been posted as guards along the bank of the Potomac for a distance of fisty miles, where only the most reliable and intelligent troops should be detailed. Its health has been most excellent, the deaths in seven months being but three, and its discipline complete. No court-martial has disturbed the equanimity of the camp, and an arrest for eren minor offences is a remarkable event. And, withal, the officers are held by the men in the highest esteem, and regarded with the utmost confidence.

Feb. 10, 1862, the regiment was in quarters near Williamsport; Company B on provost duty in the town.

Field and Staff, 13th Reg. Colonel.

.SAMUEL H. LEONARD ..... Boston. Lieut.-Col.

.N. WALTER BATCHELDER..Boston. Major...

..J. PARKER GOULD .........Stoneham. Adjutant

.DAVID H. BRADLEE ....... Boston. Quartermaster .GEORGE E. CRAIG... .. Boston, Surgeon...

ALLSTON W. WHITNEY.... Framingham. Chaplain...

.NOAH M, GAYLORD..... Boston, Assistant Surgeon.....J. THEODORE HEARD. Boston. Sergeant Major ELLIOTT C. PIERCE........ Weymouth.

Promoted to Ist Lieutenant, January 16th, 1802. Quartermaster Sergt. .THOMAS R, WELLS......... Cambridge. Commissary Sergeant .MELVIN S. SMITH

Boston. Promoted to 2d Lieutenant, February 27, 1862. Hospital Sleward ...JOHN H. WHITE

Cambridgeport. Band Master .T. C. RICHARDSON..........Sudbury.

Knapp F. W., Marlboro'
Richardson E. P., Marlboro'
Loring F. W., Marlboro'
Brown John, Marlboro'
Howe W. G. Marlboro
Holt J. M., Mariboro'
Lawrence A. B., Marlboro

MUSICIANS.
Morton E. J., Shrewsbury
Rice Edwin, Marlboro
Howe S. A., Marlboro
Lane Elbridge, Rutland
Ball S. B., Marlboro'
Gassett F. w., Marlboro'

Fuller J. B., Berlin
Witherbee C.F., Marlboro
Witherbee W. R., Marlboro
Nash Henry H., Boston
Ward Frank 0., Lyon
Viles John, Waltham

Company A (Boston City Guard), Boston. – 13th Reg. The sketch of the 13th Regiment gives briefly an account of the recruiting and organizing of companies A, B, C, and D, which, previous to the organization of the regiment, were known as the 4th Battalion of Rifles.

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

Captain, JAMES A. FOX, Boston.
1st Licut., SAMUEL N. NEAT, Boston.
2d Lieut., GEORGE BUSH, Boston, promoted 1st lieut. Co. B, Jan. 31, 1862.

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