Field & Staff---NCO Staff
Left Boston on Steamer "S. R. Spaulding" for Fortress Monroe, Va., April 17, 1861. Arrived April 20, and ordered on board United States Sloop of War "Pawnee" April 20. Moved to Norfolk April 20, and destruction of navy yard April 20. Expedition to Hampton May 13. Fatigue and garrison duty at Fortress Monroe until July 1, and at Hampton until July 16. Ordered home July 16, and mustered out July 22, 1861. Expiration of term.
The 3d Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil., "Minute Men," was summoned
to Boston by Special Order No. 14, issued on the afternoon of April 15, 1861, by
Adjutant General Schouler. Company C of Cambridge was the first
Massachusetts company actually raised for the war. Embarking for Virginia at
Central Wharf, Boston, April 18, it sailed for Fort Monroe, arriving at its
destination on the 20th, two hours after the 4th Regt. Almost immediately it
took part in the destruction of the Gosport Navy Yard. It formed a part of the
garrison of Fort Monroe until July, when it removed to Hampton, Va., where it
remained most of the time until its return to Boston on the 19th of the month.
On July 23 it was mustered out of the United States service.
Four companies, D, E, I, and M, which had enlisted for three years and had joined the regiment in May, remained in the service, and became Companies B, D, E, and I of the 29th Regt., which was then being organized.