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The 19th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. was organized at Camp Schouler, Lynnfield, having for its nucleus the 1st Battalion Rifles. The rest of the regiment came from Boston and vicinity. By Aug. 28, 1861, the entire regiment had been mustered into the service with Col. Edward W. Hinks as its commander, and on that day it was forwarded to Washington, arriving Aug. 30. Assigned to Gen. Lander's Brigade, Gen. Stone's Corps of Observation, it picketed the Potomac during the fall of 1861, advancing to Harrison's Island October 21 and covering the retreat of the troops from Ball's Bluff. The winter of 1861-62 was spent at Muddy Branch guarding the Potomac in front of Darnestown and Rockville. In March, 1862, the regiment, now in Dana's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division, was sent to the Shenandoah, but shortly afterward the entire division was ordered to the Peninsula where it arrived Mar. 30, and was attached to Sumner's (2d) Corps. It took part in the siege of Yorktown in April and was engaged at Fair Oaks, June 25. At Glendale or Nelson's Farm, June 30, it lost 145 officers and men of whom 33, including Major Howe, were killed or mortally wounded. Returning from Harrison's Landing to Alexandria the last of August, early in September it joined in the advance toward Frederick, Md. It arrived at South Mountain on the 14th just after the battle was done. At Antietam, Sept. 17, it was heavily engaged in the West Wood, suffering severe loss including Col. Hinks who was badly wounded. At Fredericksburg, Dec.11, the 19th was one of the regiments of Hall's Brigade, Howard's Division, Couch's (2d) Corps that crossed the river in boats under fire and fought their way through the streets of the city. Two days later it was in the assault on Marye's Heights, losing 104 officers and men including 8 color bearers, 23 being killed or mortally wounded. The winter of 1862-63 was spent near Falmouth. During the Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863, with Gibbon's Division the 19th was left in Fredericksburg in support of Sedgwick's (6th) Corps and suffered small loss. At Gettysburg, July 2 and 3, it was heavily engaged near the Clump of Trees capturing four Confederate flags and losing nearly 50 per cent of its numbers. On October 14 it was engaged at Bristoe Station, and again at Robertson's Tavern, November 27, during the Mine Run expedition. It spent the winter at Cole's Hill near Stevensburg. Here Dec. 20, 160 officers and men re- enlisted for three years. As a part of Webb's Brigade, Gibbon's Division, Hancock's (2d) Corps the 19th was in action at the Wilderness, May 6, and was heavily engaged at Spottsylvania, both in the assault on the Bloody Angle, May 12, and in the general assault, May 18. At North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, and in front of Petersburg the regiment was engaged almost continuously until June 22, when the 2d Corps was outflanked near the Jerusalem Plank road, where the 19th lost all but 40 of its officers and men. These, with a remnant received from the 15th Regt. And many returned convalescents and recruits preserved the regimental unit. In July and August it was present in both actions near Deep Bottom and at Reams' Station. On August 30, 98 men whose terms of service had expired were discharged to date from August 28, 1864. The regiment was on duty in the forts and batteries around Petersburg until October when it was engaged with loss at Boydton Road. About Dec. 12, it was ordered to Fort Emory where it remained until the spring campaign of 1865 opened. On February 5 it was engaged at Hatcher's Run, and in April participated in the final assault on Petersburg and the pursuit of Lee's army toward Appomattox. After the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia the regiment, increased by recruits to 20 officers and 645 enlisted men, marched back to Washington city, and on June 30 was mustered out at Munson's Hill. Returning to Massachusetts, on July 20 it was mustered for the last time at Readville, and there paid off and discharged.

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