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Civil War (Union) 1
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Army 1
Rank:
Major 1
Birth:
02 Dec 1842 2
Cambridge, MA 2
Massachusetts 1
Death:
20 Jul 1906 2
Wakefield, MA 2
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Edmund Rice 1
Birth:
02 Dec 1842 2
Cambridge, MA 2
Massachusetts 1
Male 2
Death:
20 Jul 1906 2
Wakefield, MA 2
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Army 1
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Major 1
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Massachusetts 1
Date:
03 Jul 1863 1
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At Gettysburg, Pa 1
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19th Massachusetts Infantry 1

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Conspicuous bravery on the third day of the battle on the countercharge against Pickett's division where he fell severely wounded within the enemy's lines.

Born in Massachusetts on December 2, 1841. At age 19 he was commissioned Captain, first with the 14th Massachusetts Infantry, remaining until the unit was disbanded in 1861. He then changed regiments and was engaged in many notable battles of the Civil War, thrice wounded. In July 1863 he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Following the war engaged in military inventions, such as the Rive Trowel and Rice Stacking Swivel and a knife entrenching tool. In 1874 took command of an expedition against Ute Indians near Spanish Peaks, Colorado, and in 1876 was in a campaign against Sioux Indians in Montana. Was a member of the Medal of Honor Legion, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Grand Army of the Republic, Society of Prisoners of War, Society of Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the War of 1812.

He retired from the Army in 1903 as a Brigadier General.

He died at Boston, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1906 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth H. Rice (1849-1919) is buried with him.

19th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry OVERVIEW:

Organized at Lynnfield August 28, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., August 30. Attached to Lander's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Lander's Brigade, Stone's (Sedgwick's) Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.

 

SERVICE:-Camp at Meridian Hill till September 12, 1861. Moved to Poolesville, Md., September 12-15. Guard duty on the Upper Potomac till December. Operations on the Potomac October 21-24. Action at Ball's Bluff October 21. Moved to Muddy Run December 4, and duty there till March 12, 1862. Moved to Harper's Ferry, thence to Charlestown and Berryville March 12-15. Ordered to Washington, D. C., March 24, and to the Peninsula. March 27. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. West Point May 7-8. Battle of Fair OaksSeven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove, near Fair Oaks, June 25. Sappony Church and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Ball's Bluff July 8. At Ball's Bluff till August 15. Movement to Alexandria August 15-28, thence to Fairfax C. H. August 28-31. Cover Pope's retreat from Bull Run August 31-September 1. Maryland Campaign September-October. Battle of South MountainSeptember 14 (Reserve). Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper's Ferry September 22, and duty there till October 30. Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 17. Battle of FredericksburgDecember 11-15. (Forlorn hope to cross Rappahannock at Fredericksburg December 11.) Duty at Falmouth, Va., till April, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Maryes' Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4. Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Robertson's Tavern, or Locust Grove, November 27. At Stevensburg till May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan River February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May-June. Battles of theWilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Po River May 10. Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.Ream's Station August 25. Boydton Plank RoadHatcher's Run, October 27-28. Dabney's MillsHatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkin's House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Crow's House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2.Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Cumberland Church April 7. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Burkesville till May 2. March to Washington May 2-13. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington till June 30. Mustered out June 30 and discharged July 22, 1865.

 

Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 147 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 133 Enlisted men by disease. Total 294.

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