The regiment lost 14 officers and 176 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 96 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. The regiment is honored by a monument at Gettysburg, the first permanent regimental monument on the battlefield.

May 25 Organized at Camp Andrew, West Rexbury, and mustered in under Colonel George H. Gordon, Lieutenant Colonel George Leonard Andrews and Major Wilder Dwight
July 8 Left State for Hagerstown, Md.
July 11-12 Moved to Williamsport and Martinsburg. Va. Attached to Abercrombie’s Brigade, Patterson’s Army
July 19 Attached to Abercrombie’s Brigade, Banks’ Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah
August Attached to Gordon’s 2nd Brigade, Banks’ Division, Army of the Potomac; Duty at Harper’s Ferry
October 23-24 At Conrad’s Ferry
October 25 –
December 4
Picket duty at Seneca Mills
December 4 –

February 27

Duty at Frederick, Md.
February 27-28 Reconnoissance to Charleston
March 12 Occupation of Winchester. Attached to Gordon’s 3rd Brigade, Williams’ 1st Division, Banks’ 5th Army Corps
March 24-
April 27
Pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley
March 27 Strasburg
April 1 Woodstock
April 1-2 Edenburg; Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah
May 15-June 17 Operations in Shenandoah Valley
May 23 Buckton Station
May 23-June 6 Retreat to Martinsburg and Williamsport
May 24 Middletown and Newtown
May 25 Battle of Winchester (Rear guard May 24-25)
June Assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia
May 26 – June 9 At Williamsport
June 10-18 Moved to Front Royal
June 13 Colonel Gordon was promoted to brigadier general, Lieutenant Colonel Andrews to colonel and Major Dwight to lieutenant colonel
July 11-17 To Warrenton and Little Washington
August 6-
September 2
Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 9 Battle of Cedar Mountain
August 19-23 Fords of the Rappahannock
August 28-30 Guarding trains during battles of Bull Run
September Assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment lost 12 killed and 51 wounded, including Lieutenant Colonel Wilder Dwight, who was mortally wounded, and Captain Francis and Lieutenants Crowninshield and Mills, who were wounded. Captin Robert Gould Shaw was also lightly wounded in the neck.

September 19-October 29 Duty at Maryland Heights
October – December Picket duty at Blackford’s Ford and Sharpsburg, Md.
November 10 Colonel Andrews promoted to brigadier general
December 12-16 March to Fredericksburg
January 20-24 “Mud March”
January – April
At Stafford Court House

Captain Robert Gould Shaw left the regiment to become colonel of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry (the subject of the film, Glory.)

April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
April 29 Germania Ford
May 1-5 Battle of Chancellorsville
June 9 Brandy Station and Beverly Ford
June 11-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Mudge, who was killed leading the regiment in a desperate charge. He questioned the command but remarked, “it is murder, but it’s an order.”

From the monument near Spangler’s Spring at Gettysburg:

From the hill behind this monument on the morning of July 3, the Second Mass. Inf. made an assault upon the Confederate troops in the works at the base of Culps Hill opposite. The regiment carried to the charge 22 officers and 294 enlisted men. It lost 4 officers and 41 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 8 officers and 84 enlisted men wounded. To perpetuate the honored memories of that hour the survivors of the Regiment have raised this stone. 1879.

Lieut. Col. Charles R. Mudge, Captain Thomas B. Fox, Captain Thomas R. Robeson, Lieut. Henry V.D. Stone. Color bearers – Leavitt C. Durgin, Rupert J. Sadler, Stephen Cody. First Sergeant Alonzo J. Babcock, Sergeant William H. Blunt. Corporals Charles Burdett, Theodore S. Butters, Jeremiah S. Hall, Patrick Heoy, Ruel Whittier, Gordon S. Wilson. Privates Samuel T. Alton, George M. Baily, Henry C. Ball, Wallace Bascom, John Briggs, Jr., David B. Brown, William T. Bullard, James A. Chase, Peter Conlan, John Derr, James T. Edmunds, William H. Ela, John E. Farrington, Silas P. Foster, Willard Foster, Joseph Furber, Fritz Goetz, Daniel A Hatch, John J. Jewett, John Joy, Charles Kiernan, William Marshall, Frederick Maynard, Andrew Nelson, Rufus A. Parker, Philo H. Peck, Sidney S. Prouty, Richard Seavers, Charles Trayner, David L. Wade

July 5-26 Pursuit to Warrenton Junction, Va.
August 16 to September 13 Detached duty in New York City
September 24-
October 3
Movement to Stevenson, Ala., attached to Army of the Cumberland
October Guarding Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad at Elkwater Bridge and Tullahoma
December 31 Regiment veteranize
January 10 –
March 1
Veterans on furlough
April Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland
May 1 to September 9 Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign
May 8-11 Demonstration against Rocky Faced Ridge
May 14-15 Battle of Resaca
May 19 Cassville
May 22 Non-Veterans left front for muster out
May 25 Non-Veterans mustered out at Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 25 New Hope Church
May 25-29 Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek, and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills
May 29-June 8 Guard trains to Kingston and back
June 6 Raccoon Creek
June 10-July 2 Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain
June 11-14 Pine Hill
June 15 Gilgal or Golgotha Church
June 15-17 Lost Mountain
June 17 Muddy Creek
June 19 Noyes Creek
June 22 Kolb’s Farm
June 27 Assault on Kenesaw
July 4 Ruff’s Mills, Smyrna Camp Ground
July 5-17 Chattahoochie River
July 19-20 Peach Tree Creek
July 22-August 25 Siege of Atlanta
August 26 –
September 2
Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge
September 2-November 15 Occupation of Atlanta
November 15-December 10 March to the sea
December 9 Monteith Swamp
December 10-21 Siege of Savannah
January to April Campaign of the Carolinas
March 2 Thompson’s Creek, near Chesterfield
March 3 Thompson’s Creek, near Cheraw, S.C.
March 16 Averysboro, N. C.
March 19-21 Battle of Bentonville
March 24 Occupation of Goldsboro
April 9-13 Advance on Raleigh
April 14 Occupation of Raleigh
April 26 Bennett’s House, surrender of Johnston and his army.
April 29-May 19 March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va.
May 24 Grand Review
May – July Provost duty at Washington
July 11 Mustered out
July 26 Discharged at Boston, Mass.