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Massachusetts 25th Volunteer Infantry (Union)


Organized - Massachusetts 25th Volunteer Infantry - Massachusetts


Battle - Roanoke Island - Roanoke Island, North Carolina; Croatan Island, North Carolina


Battle - New Bern - Craven County, North Carolina

New Bern
New Bern

Hatteras Island, on the outer shore of North Carolina, fell to Union forces in August, 1861. Roanoke Island, just to the north, was captured on February 8, 1862. Elizabeth City on the mainland followed days later. With the freedom to navigate unmolested through Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's command looked for other strategic targets of opportunity. The city of New Bern was a significant target, as the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad that connected the coast with the in…READ MORE


Battle - Port Walthall Junction - Chesterfield County, Virginia


Battle - Port Walthall - Port Walthall Junction, Virginia


Battle - Swift Creek - Chesterfield County, Virginia


Battle - Cold Harbor - Hanover County; near Mechanicsville, Virginia

Cold Harbor
Cold Harbor

After two days of inconclusive fighting along Totopotomoy Creek northeast of Richmond, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee turned their sights on the crossroads of Cold Harbor. Roads emanating through this critical junction led to Richmond as well as supply and reinforcement sources for the Union army. On May 31, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's cavalry captured Cold Harbor. The next day, Sheridan held the crossroads against a Confederate attack. With reinforcements from both armies arriving…READ MORE


Battle - Second Petersburg - Petersburg, Virginia

Second Petersburg
Second Petersburg

As the Overland Campaign concluded, the strategic goals of Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant shifted from the defeat of Robert E. Lee's army in the field to eliminating the supply and communication routes to the Confederate capital at Richmond. The city of Petersburg, 24 miles south of Richmond, was the junction point of five railroads that supplied the entire upper James River region. Grant knew Petersburg was the key to the capture of Richmond and that Lee would be forced to defend it. Marching south from Co…READ MORE


Battle - Jerusalem Plank Road - Petersburg, Virginia


Battle - Globe Tavern - Petersburg, Virginia


Battle - Wyse Fork - Kinston, North Carolina

Wyse Fork
Wyse Fork

By the end of February 1865, the North Carolina port city of Wilmington, defended by Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, had fallen to the army of Union Maj. Gen. John Schofield. The port city became a supply base for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's army in North Carolina, then beginning to close in on Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army. To consolidate forces against Johnston, Sherman ordered Schofield's Army of the Ohio to advance inland from Wilmington, at the same time assigning Maj. Gen. Jacob Cox to move the U…READ MORE


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