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Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records

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MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA RECORDS, 1775-1908

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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Massachusetts. Militia.
Title:Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records
Dates:1775/1908
Quantity:26.5 linear feet (23 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Abstract:The Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records includes orderly books, rosters and enlistment records, quartermaster accounts, guard report books, general orders and brigade orders, muster rolls, company descriptive books, and correspondence. This collection has been arranged into twenty-two series based on regimental distinctions.
Identification:MM 6

Series List

SERIES I. 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1775-1840
SERIES II. 8th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1775-1889
SERIES III. 15th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1778-1793
SERIES IV. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1786-1831
SERIES V. 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1792-1831
SERIES VI. General Records, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1776-1816
SERIES VII. 1st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1808-1838
SERIES VIII. 6th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1810-1864
SERIES IX. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1815-1816
SERIES X. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1820-1865
SERIES XI. 13th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F, 1861
SERIES XII. 17th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1863
A. Company A
B. Company B
SERIES XIII. 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864
A. General Regiment Records
B. Company A
C. Company B
D. Company C
E. Company F
SERIES XIV. 50th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company A, 1861-1864
SERIES XV. 14th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865
SERIES XVI. 40th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company D, 1861-1865
SERIES XVII. 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery, Company M, 1862
SERIES XVIII. 35th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F, 1862
SERIES XIX. 9th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1864
SERIES XX. 24th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1864
SERIES XXI. 60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H, 1864
SERIES XXII. 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery, 1864-1865
A. 13th Co. Unattached, Company I
B. 15th Co. Unattached, Company L

Scope and Content Note

The Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records includes orderly books, rosters and enlistment records, quartermaster accounts, guard report books, general orders and brigade orders, muster rolls, company descriptive books, and correspondence. This collection has been arranged into twenty-two series based on regimental distinctions. The series themselves have been arranged chronologically. Each series includes a brief historical sketch along with a scope and content note about that particular regiment and its service during relevant military conflicts.


Series I to X document militia service during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the years prior to the Civil War. Series XI to XXII include the majority of the records in this collection and document militia service during the Civil War years and afterwards. Regiment titles are bolded for emphasis within the individual scope and content notes. When papers belonging to individual officers are included with the regimental records, the individual officer names are bolded within the scope and content note as well. See pages 5-10 for the scope and content of each series.


Historical Sketch

The history of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia can be traced back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony militia, which was organized in 1636. Local town militia were later formed and organized under laws mandated by the General Court of Massachusetts. Since the first muster, the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia have participated in a number of major military conflicts, beginning with the French and Indian War in 1756. The Massachusetts militia, along with other colonial militias, originally formed the Continental Army which fought under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Massachusetts furnished militia for the War of 1812 as well. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia furnished some of the first regiments to respond to President Lincoln's call for troops. The Massachusetts National Guard traces its organizational history back to the North, South, and East regiments designated by legislative act in 1636.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Chapple, W. F.
Clough, Robert P.
Greely, Jere A.
Pollock, John, 1840-1920
Putnam, George D., 1935-1893
Russell, John
Cushing Guards
Massachusetts--Militia
Massachusetts--Militia--Brigade, 1st--Division, 2nd
Massachusetts--Militia--Brigade, 1st--Division, 6th
Massachusetts--Militia--Brigade, 2nd--Division, 2nd
Massachusetts--Militia--Salem Light Infantry
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 13th
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 14th
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 15th
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 17th--Company A
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 17th--Company B
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd--Company A
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd--Company B
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd--Company C
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd--Company F
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 2nd
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 35th--Company F
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 3rd
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 3rd--Company B
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 40th--Company D
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 50th--Company A
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 60th--Company H
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 6th
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 8th
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 9th
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--History--War of 1812
Fort Albany (N.Y.)
Fort Tillinghast (Arlington, Va.)
Diaries--Civil War, 1861-1865
Letters

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, MM 6, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated from multiple sources. See individual series notes for more information.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, March 2012. Updated January 2013.


Related Material

Bowen, James Lorenzo. Massachusetts in the War, 1861-1865. Springfield, MA: C. W. Bryan & Co., 1889.


Hall, Charles Winslow. Regiments and Armories of Massachusetts: An Historical Narration of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. Boston, MA: W. W. Potter Co., 1899.


Heitman, Francis Bernard. Historical register of officers of the Continental Army during the war of the revolution, April 1775, to December, 1783. Washington, D.C.: Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, 1914.


Massachusetts. Adjutant General's Office. Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War. Norwood, MA: The Norwood Press, 1931.


Schouler, William. A History of Massachusetts in the Civil War. Boston, MA: E. P. Dutton, 1868.


1st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery Association Records, 1863-1920, MM 40


23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association Records, MM 39


Adjutants Book for 3rd Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1793-1818, MSS 17


Civil War Records, 1844-1855, 1862-1865, MM 1


Cushing Guard Records, 1814-1898, MM 9


Essex Hussars and Washington Hussars Records, 1808-1814, MM 20


Orderly Book for 5th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1811-1838, MSS 18


Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, Co. E, Naval Brigade, Lynn, MA, 1892-1909, MH 159


Revolutionary War Collection, 1770-1856, 1901-1911, 1932, 1961, undated, MM 2


Salem Light Infantry Records, 1805-1894, MM 12


Salem Light Infantry Veteran Association Records, 1855-1917, MM 13


War of 1812 Collection, 1812-1815, 1942-1947, 1965, undated, MM 25


For additional Massachusetts Volunteer Militia material, including general orders, regimental orders, rules and regulations, letters, records of volunteers, roster and reports, please visit Philcat, our online catalog.


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