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Chronology (July 16, 1861 - May 31, 1862)

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J. Albert Winn {16} Co.---I
Napoleon Trudeau {---} " "
Austin Cook {---} " "
William H. Atkins {---} " "
Edwin F. Griffin {44} " "
Charles A. Smith {26} " "
George Thompson {37}

The regiment broke camp at Springfield on the morning of Tuesday July 16th 1861 and proceeded by Western R. R. to Boston; thence marched to Medford Mass, where a temporary encampment was made. On Thursday, July 25th at evening the regiment embarked at Boston on the steamers "Ben Deford" and "S. R. Spaulding", and sailed for Washington, where they arrived about noon on Sunday July 28th. The left wing of the regiment disembarked from the "Ben Deford" at the Arsenal wharf and the right wing from the "S. R. Spaulding" at the Navy Yard. The next day in the afternoon the regiment marched through the city to Kalorama Heights; in camp there eight days, then removed to Brightwood, five miles north of Washington, and there remained without important change till March 10th 1862. Meantime, however, Alden Porter died Oct. 7th 1861 ____ the first Martyr from Chicopee to the sacred cause.
When the advance on Manassas was made, the regiment left Camp Brightwood, March 10th 1862, and marched to Prospect Hill, Va.; thence countermarched to Brightwood. Left Brightwood again March 23rd and on the 27th embarked at Washington on transports for Fortress Monroe. Landed April 1st, and marched to Camp Smith, five miles from Hampton Va. April 5th they advanced to Warwick Court House and took part in the operations before Yorktown. May 3d, joined in pursuit of the retreating enemy to Williamsburg, arriving at that battleground on the evening of May 5th, in time to support the right wing in the last part of the battle. May 8th, they commenced the pursuit of the rebels up the Peninsula; crossed the Chickahominy River at Bottom's Bridge on the 23rd, and reached Savage's Station on the Richmond and York River R. R. May 28th, 1862.
On Saturday, May 31st, the enemy attacked the advance division, (Gen. Casey's) in great force, compelling it to give way; Gen. Couch's division was ordered up in support, Devens' brigade, (including the Tenth), sustaining the centre where the rebels pressed with greatest impetuosity. The Tenth, though exposed in the very focus of a cross fire, disputed every inch of ground , and, after being broken in pieces four times, it

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ca. 1861-1865

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“Chronology (July 16, 1861 - May 31, 1862),” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed July 31, 2014, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2857.