United States Regiments & Batteries > Massachusetts > 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

The 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 139 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 143 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. The regiment is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

November 25 Organized as a Battalion of 6 Companies under Major Francis J. Parker for garrison duty at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor
May 26-28 The battalion was expanded to a regiment and designated the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Major Parker was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

The regiment moved to Washington, D.C. Stationed at Capital Hill in the Defenses of Washington, attached to the Military District of Washington

June 25-July 3 Moved to Harrison’s Landing, Va
July Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac
July 23 1 company joined at Harrison’s Landing
August 6 Lieutenant Colonel Francis Parker was promoted to colonel.
August 15-28 Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Centreville
August 28 –
September 2

Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas)

September Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps
September 4 3 Companies joined at Minor’s Hill, Virginia
September 16-17

Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Francis Parker. It was in reserve and suffered no casualties.

September 19 Blackford’s Ford, then at Sharpsburg, Maryland.
October 16-17 Reconnaissance to Smithfield, W. Va.
October 30 –
November 19
Movement to Falmouth
December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

December 27 Colonel Parker resigned. Lieutenant Colonel George L. Prescott was promoted to colonel.
December 29-30 Expedition to Richards’ and Ellis Fords
January 20-24 “Mud March”, then return to Falmouth
April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-4

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel George Lincoln Prescott.

From the monument in the Rose Woods: 

Here the 32nd Massachusetts Infy. 2nd Brig. 1st. Div. 5th A.C. withstood an attack of the enemy about 5 o’clock p.m. July 2, 1863. Withdrawn from here, it fought again in the Wheatfield. Lost in both actions killed and wounded 79 out of 227 officers and men.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee
July 25 At Warrenton and Beverly Ford
September 17 At Culpeper
October 11-22

Bristoe Campaign

November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 26-
December 2

Mine Run Campaign

December 3 At Bealeton, Virginia.

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-21

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

May 8

Laurel Hill

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 23

Jericho Mills

May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

June 1-3

Bethesda Church

June 16-18

First Assault on Petersburg

Colonel Prescott was mortally wounded.

June 18

Siege of Petersburg begins

June 30 J. Cushing Edmands was promoted to colonel.
July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)

August 18-21

Six-Mile House, Weldon Railroad

September 29 –
October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October 3 Recruites and reenlisted men were transferred from the Second Massachusetts Sharpshooter Company, which was returning to Massachusetts to muster out.
October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run

December 7-12

Expedition to Weldon Railroad

February 5-7

Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run

March 28-
April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 29 Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run
March 31

White Oak Road

April 1

Battle of Five Forks

April 9

Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 1-12 March to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review, then duty at Washington
June 29 the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment was mustered out
July 11 The men were discharged.