Field & Staff---NCO Staff
Left Boston for Fortress Monroe, Va., on Steamer "State of Maine" April 17, 1861, arriving there April 20. Fatigue and garrison duty at Fortress Monroe until May 27. At Newport News until July 11. Movement on Great Bethel June 9-10. Battle of Big Bethel June 10. Moved to Boston July 15-17, and mustered out July 22, 1861.
Lost 1 Enlisted man killed.
The 4th Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil. "Minute Men," was summoned
to Boston by Special Order No. 14, issued on the afternoon of April 15, 1861,
from the office of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts. Company F of Foxboro
had offered it's services, if they should be needed "at any point of our
country." as early as January 10, 1861. The 4th had the honor of being the first
regiment to leave the State, entraining for Fall River en route for Fort Monroe
on the afternoon of April 17. For a month it formed a part of the garrison of
Fort Monroe. On May 27. it was sent to Newport News, where it was employed most
of the time until it's return to Massachusetts in fortifying Camp Butler. On
June 10, Company H and four other companies took part in the battle of Big
Bethel. Transferred to the village of Hampton July 3, on the 11th it marched to
Fort Monroe, where on the 15th it embarked for Boston. Arriving in Boston
Harbor, it was mustered out at Long Island on July 22, exactly three months from
the day of its muster into the service.
Three companies. K. L. and the Wightman Rifles, which had enlisted for three years and had joined the regiment in May, were retained in the service and became Companies A, C, and K of the 29th Regt., which was then being organized.