Field & Staff---NCO Staff
Organized at Lakeville September, 1862. Moved to Boston October 22, thence embarked on Steamers "Merrimac" and "Mississippi" for New Berne, N. C., arriving there October 26. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to December, 1862. Heckman's Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to April, 1863. Jourdan's Independent Brigade, Defences of Newberne, Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1863.
SERVICE.--Duty at New Berne. N. C., until December, 1862. (Co. "I" detached at Plymouth and Elizabeth City November 30, 1862, to April, 1863.) Action at Plymouth December 10, 1862 (Co. "I"). Foster's Expedition to Goldsboro December 11-22. Action at Kinston December 14. Whitehall December 16. Goldsboro December 17. Duty at New Berne until June, 1863. Expedition to Trenton, Pollocksville, Young's Cross Roads and Swansborough March 6-10. Reconnaissance to Pollocksville March 15-16. Expedition to relief of Little Washington April 7-10. Expedition toward Kinston April 16-21 and to Batchelor's Creek May 23-24. Moved to Boston June 11-16. Mustered out Juno 26, 1863.
Regiment lost 1 Enlisted man killed and 17 Enlisted men by disease. Total 18.
Under the call of August 4, 1862, for 300,000 militia
for nine months, 19,080 being the number assigned to the quota of Massachusetts,
the 3d Regt. again volunteered for duty and was sent to Camp Joe Hooker at
Lakeville, Mass., to recruit to war strength. Eight companies were
mustered into the service on the 23d of September and the remaining two on the
26th. Destined for duty in the department of North Carolina, the regiment
embarked on the 22d of October and reached Beaufort on the 26th, the same day as
the 5th Regt., and proceeded by rail to Newbern. It was not very actively
engaged until December 11, when it started on the Goldsboro expedition, which
occupied eleven days. Present at Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsboro, the
regiment suffered only slight loss, being little engaged. On January 26, 1863,
it moved to Camp Jourdan near Fort Totten on the defenses of Newbern. After
having been engaged in several minor expeditions, one for the relief of
Washington, N. C, in June, its term of service having expired, it was ordered to
Massachusetts. Embarking on the 11th of the month, on the 16th it arrived in
Boston, and was mustered out at its old rendezvous. Camp Joe Hooker, Lakeville,
Mass., June 26.
N. B. Company "I," having been detached from the regiment Nov. 30, 1862, and sent to Plymouth, N. C, was there engaged with a force of Confederate troops, Dec. 10, losing two men killed or mortally wounded and several prisoners.