37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
(3rd Brigade (Edward's), 1st Division, Sixth Corps)
Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865
Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park
Organized at Pittsfield August 30, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 7. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to July, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, and Army of the Potomac, to June, 1865.
SERVICE. At Downsville, Md., until October 20. Movement to Stafford C. H., Va., October 20-November 19, and to Belle Plains December 5. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4. Detached for duty at New York and duty at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. Harbor, July 30 to October 17. Rejoined army at Chantilly, Va., October 17. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Brandy Station until April, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg to July 9. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23. Moved to Washington, D.C., July 9-11. Repulse of Early's attack on Fort Stevens and the Northern Defences of Washington July 11-12. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Near Charlestown August 21-22. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Provost duty at Winchester until December 13. Moved to Petersburg, Va., December 13-16. Siege of Petersburg December 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Danville, Va., April 23-27. Moved to Wilson's Station May 3; thence march to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 2. Corps Review June 8. Moved to Readville, Mass., June 22-23. Mustered out June 30, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 165 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 92 Enlisted men by disease. Total 261.
Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer
Artifacts Needed For Celebration in 2012 of
Civil War Soldiers from Williamstown, Massachusetts
The Williamstown (Massachusetts) Historical Museum is continuing to plan for an exhibition next year on "Williamstown and the Civil War." Depending on the artifacts we are able to assemble, from our own collection, from townspeople, and from descendants of Civil War soldiers from Williamstown, we will focus on the story of a couple of regiments. I would be very pleased if you could forward the attached message to any descendants of 37th regiment soldiers.
Chair, Exhibitions Committee
Williamstown Historical Museum
37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Descendants Roll Call
Notes on Soldiers
An Undeserved Accusation:
The William H. Penrose Report
The breakthrough by Union forces of the fortified Confederate works at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865 is a well researched and thoroughly documented Civil War battle. There is a plethora of primary documents housed in many repositories that bring to light the movements and actions of the various troops involved in this battle. This article, however, focuses on just one of these important documents; the official report of Brevet Brigadier General William H. Penrose, commanding the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the 6th Army Corp. William H. Penrose’s official report is dated April 5, 1865. The reason for isolating this report is that there is still an unresolved controversy surrounds the some of content contained in this report. This article seeks to closely examine this controversy and offer a probable resolution to the questions that remain unanswered. Click the hyperlink below to read this analysis by Frank E. White.
If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the 37th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry who served honorably at any time during the war and would like to be listed on the Descendants Roll Call, please send an e-mail by clicking the mail icon below. Type "37th MA" in subject line and provide details in the message.
The Remembrance Wall
At The National Museum Of The Civil War Soldier
Another Great Way To Honor The Memory Of Your American Soldier
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Pamplin Historical Park & National
Museum of the Civil War Soldier
National Archives Order Forms
Service & Pension Records
Two Brothers: One North, One South
by David H. Jones
The Final Battles of the Petersburg
Campaign by A. Wilson Greene
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