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Title Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers Photograph album
Dates 1861-1865
Author Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers
Extent .2 linear feet (one album)
Collection number PH-13
Admin/Biographical History The Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers served for three terms during the Civil War. The first three-months service, under the command of Colonel Samuel Crocker Lawrence, began when soldiers reported for duty on April 19, 1861 and marched to Washington on April 21 where they remained for nearly four weeks. After transferring to Virginia, the Fifth saw action in the First Battle of Bull Run and were mustered out on July 31 of that year. In the second nine-months term, soldiers mustered into the service between September 16 and 29, 1862 and fought in the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge and took part in two expeditions for the relief of Washington,
N.C., while the city was under siege by the Confederates. They were mustered out of the service at Camp Lander, Wenham on July 2 of that year. The third term began in the latter part of July, 1864, this time for one hundred days, when the Fifth was sent to Baltimore, Md., where it did guard duty at Fort McHenry, Fort Marshall, Federal Hill, and other places, mustering out at Readville, Mass. on November 16, 1864.

Along with towns from Essex and Barnstable counties, several Middlesex County towns formed companies in the Fifth including Concord, Somerville, Waltham, Charlestown, Winchester, Cambridge, and Woburn. Company G from Woburn, known as the Woburn Mechanic Phalanx, formed in the second nine-months term. Ninety-six men assembled on September 10, 1862 in the Woburn Armory, after which they took the train to Camp Lander in Wenham to begin their service.

Scope & Content Carte de visite portrait images of officers of the Fifth Massachusetts Regiment Volunteers. The album contains portraits of many officers from Middlesex County towns including Woburn.
Source Mrs. Eula C Bryenton
Cite as Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers Photograph Album,
Woburn Public Library, Dr. Thomas J. Glennon Archives, Woburn, MA 01801.
Indexes Online Finding Aid
Subjects Cartes de visite
Cartes de visite albums
Military officers
Portrait photographs
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Local Subjects Woburn Mechanic Phalanx
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