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Muster In: Organized at Gallop’s Island, Boston Harbor, August to October, 1864.1

Muster Out: July 16, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Charles F. Walcott
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.3

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.4

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Engineer Brigade and Defenses of City Point | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (October 7-13, 1864)

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  • Note: A battalion of 5 Companies, “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “E.” of the 61st Massachusetts arrived at City Point on October 7-12, 1864. It was attached to Benham’s Engineer Brigade, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, and Army of the Potomac to March, 1865.7

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Engineer Brigade and Defenses of City Point | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Charles F. Walcott (October 31, 1864)9
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  • Note: The 61st Massachusetts consisted of five companies at City Point.10

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Defenses of City Point | Army of the Potomac | Union Army11

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Charles F. Walcott (December 31, 1864)12
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  • Note: Company “F” reported to the 61st Massachusetts on November 17, 1864.13
  • Note: The 61st Massachusetts had six (6) companies at this time.14

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

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  • Note: Company “G” reported to the 61st Massachusetts on January 5, 1865; Company “H” reported to the 61st Massachusetts on February 15, 186515

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

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  • Note: Companies “I” and “K” reported to the 61st Massachusetts on March 15, 1865.16

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles17:

  • A Battalion of 5 Companies, “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “E.” Moved to City Point, Va., October 7-12, 1864.
  • Engaged in Engineer duty erecting fortifications at City Point, Va., and picket duty at that point until March, 1865.
  • Ordered to Petersburg March 28, 1865.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Occupation of Petersburg April 3.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    4. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    5. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    6. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    7. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 458: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 458: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 458: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    13. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    15. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    16. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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