Field & Staff---NCO Staff
Tendered services to the government April 15, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., April 21, and there mustered in for three months May 1. Moved to Alexandria, Va., May 25. Duty at Camp Andrew until July 16. Attached to Franklin's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia. Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Battle of Bull Run July 21. Ordered to Boston July 29, and there mustered out August 1, 1861.
Lost during service 9 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Enlisted men by disease. Total 11.
The 5th Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil., "Minute Men," was ordered to report for active duty and to proceed to the city of Washington by Special Order No. 35, issued by the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, April 19, 1861. To the five companies of the 5th Regt. were added four from the 7th Regt. and one from the 1st Regt., thus making up a full regiment of ten companies. On Sunday, April 21, the 5th entrained for Washington, where on May 1, its members were mustered into the service of the United States. For nearly four weeks it remained in the city of Washington, then on May 25 it was transferred to the Virginia shore, where it remained in camp near Alexandria until it marched toward Bull Run, forming a part of Franklin's brigade, Heintzelman's division, of McDowell's army. It was one of the three Massachusetts regiments engaged in the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, where it lost nine killed, two wounded, and twenty-three prisoners. After this engagement the regiment remained in Washington until the latter part of the month when it was sent back to Boston where it was mustered out of the service July 31.