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Organized at Middletown and mustered in November 18, 1862. Left State for East New York November 18, thence sailed for New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., November 29, arriving there December 17. Attached to Grover's Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1863. Defenses of New Orleans to August, 1863.
SERVICE.--Duty at Baton Rouge until March, 1863. Operations against Port Hudson March 7-27. Moved to Donaldsonville March 28. Operations in Western Louisiana April 9-May 14. Teche Campaign April 11-20. Irish Bend April 14. Bayou Vermillion April 17. Expedition to Alexandria and Simsport May 5-18. Destruction of Salt Works, near New Iberia, May 18. Moved to Bayou Sara, thence to Port Hudson, May 22-25. Siege of Port Hudson May 25-July 9. Assaults on Port Hudson May 27 and June 14. Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Ordered to Plaquemine District July 11, and duty there until September. Mustered out September 30, 1863.
Regiment lost during service 16 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 57 Enlisted men by disease. Total, 75.
TheTwenty-fourth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers was organized in September, 1862. Six companies of this regiment were recruited in Middlesex county, and the four others three of them Irish from Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield counties.
Colonel Samuel M. Mansfield, a Lieutenant in the regular army, was appointed to the command.
This regiment was also assigned to General Banks expedition, and left its rendezvous at Middletown, Conn., November 18th, 1862, with six hundred and ninety-eight (698) officers and men, for Camp Buckingham, Centreville, L. L, from whence it proceeded toNew Orleans, and from thence to Baton Rouge, La. Soon after, it was ordered to join the army before Port Hudson. The following are extracts from monthly returns for May, June and July.
On the 21st of May, 1863, landed from transports and marched to rear of Port Hudson.May 24th, engaged in skirmishing; drove the enemy from rifle pits and held edge of woods within four hundred yards of enemy s breastworks until next morning, when it was relieved and five companies sent further to the right as skirmishers.
May 27th, skirmishers called in, and regiment moved with division to support General Weitzel s storming columns ; and on the 31st was detailed to support batteries on the right. June 1st it was before Port Hudson, with the reserve of the right wing, until the morn ing of the 14th, the day of the second assault of Port Hudson, in which the regiment played a conspicuous part. Advanced further to the front in face of a most galling fire, and held the advanced position for the rest of the month, one-half of the regiment on duty day and night.
July 1st, the regiment was in trenches before the enemy and under a brisk fire until the surrender, which took place on the 8th of July.
July llth, entered the fortress and embarked on transport Danieldsonville, thence to Carrollton.
The regiment sustained a total loss during the siege of sixty-six (66) officers and men.
The regiment served in the Department of the Gulf nearly ten and a half months, and was finally mustered-out of service on the 30th of September, 1863.
It took part in the following ENGAGEMENT.
Port Hudson, La., fromMay 23d to July 11th, 1863. Loss in killed, 14 enlisted men; wounded, 6 commissioned officers, 46 enlisted men. Total loss, 66.
Killed in action, - 14
Died of wounds, - - - 4
Died of disease, 47
Discharged prior to muster-out of regiment,- - 38
Reference: Connecticut Volunteer Organizations,(Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery) in the Service of the United States 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, etc, etc, and Brief Summaries, Showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries. Prepared from records in the Adjutant-General's Office.
C.M. INGERSOL, Adjutant-general.