6th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (9 months, 1862-63)

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Brief History

The6th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (9 months, 1862-63) was organized at Camp Wilson, Lowell, and mustered in August 31,1862.They moved to Boston May 26-29, 1863, and there mustered out June 3, 1863.[1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company E - consisted of three officers and 73 enlisted men. The three officers and 33 of the men were residents of Acton in Middlesex County.[2] Roster.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,071 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Massachusetts in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Massachusetts in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Massachusetts, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Watson, B. F. (Benjamin Frank). Address, reviews and episodes, chiefly concerning the "Old Sixth" Massachusetts Regiment. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083126  and An oration delivered at Huntington Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991.) FHL fiche 6083127

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives, Sixth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (Infantry), accessed 13 March 2012.