4th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry

The Massachusetts 4th Infantry Regiment was originally organized as a 90 days unit. Following the expiration of its term of service, it was reorganized at Camp Joe Hooker, Lakeville, and mustered in September 23, 1862. It moved to New York December 27-28, thence to New Orleans and Carrollton, La., January 3-February 13, 1863.

Under the call of August 4, 1862, for 300,000 militia to serve nine months, 19,080 being the number assigned to the quota of Massachusetts, the 4th Regt. again volunteered and was ordered to Camp Joe Hooker at Lakeville, Mass., to recruit to war strength. Its companies were mustered into the United States service on various dates between Sept. 1, and Sept. 26, while the field and staff were mostly mustered December 16. On the 27th of December the regiment proceeded to New York where it embarked for Louisiana. It left New York Harbor January 3, 1863, and arrived at Carrolton, La., February 13. On March 7 it arrived at Baton Rouge, La., forming a part of Ingraham's Brigade, Emory's Division, 19th Corps. Here it cooperated with the Navy in the attempt of Admiral Farragut to run put the Port Hudson batteries. It engaged in the attack on Fort Bisland. April 11 to 13, and joined in the pursuit of the Confederates as far as Franklin. From the last of April until the 30th of May it was in or near Brashear City. During the first two weeks in June it participated in the siege of Port Hudson and on June 14 took part in the assault. After the surrender of the city July 8, the 4th Regt. did garrison duty in the defenses until the termination of its period of enlistment. The regiment started for home via Cairo, Ill., on the 4th of August and arrived in Boston on the 17th. It was mustered out at Camp Joe Hooker, August 28.

The muster out rolls of the 4th Regiment show that it was present at Brashear City, La., on the occasion of the capture of that place by the Confederates, June 23, 1863, and that it lost a large number of prisoners.

The Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 19 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 129 Enlisted men by disease. Total 151.
Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1863. SERVICE:
Moved to Baton Rouge, La., March 7, 1863. Expedition to Port Hudson March 13-20. Moved to Algiers April 3, thence to Brashear City April 8, and duty there till May 30. Skirmish at Barre Landing, Bayou Teche, May 22 (Co. "B"). Moved to Port Hudson May 30. Siege of Port Hudson June 3-July 9. Assault on Port Hudson June 14. Brashear City June 23 (Detachment). Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Garrison duty at Port Hudson till August 4. Moved to Cairo, Ill., on Steamer "North America," thence by rail to Boston, Mass., August 4-17. Mustered out August 28, 1863. ROSTERS:
The composite roster of this unit contains the names of 1096 men.


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