Field & Staff
The companies rendezvoused at Rutland on
the 2d of May, were mustered into the United States service on the 9th, and left
the State for the seat of war on the same day. The regiment arrived at Fortress
Monroe on the 13th, and on the 27th removed to Newport News, Va., where it
remained until the 5th of August. On the 10th of June, companies B, D, F, H, and
K, under command of Lieut.-Col. Washburn, were engaged in the battle of Big
Bethel, and did good service. On the arrival of the regiment at Newport News,
Colonel Phelps was made commander of the post, and remained
there after the regiment returned home, and was subsequently appointed Brigadier General. On the
5th of August, the regiment, under command of Lieut.-Colonel Washburn, left Newport News for
Brattleboro , where it went into camp, and was mustered out of service on the 10th. Most of the officers and men of this regiment afterwards entered other organizations, and served with distinction during the war.
On the 3d of May, the President called for twenty thousand volunteers for three years. Under this call, orders were issued for raising by enlistment, the Second and Third Regiments, to serve for three years or during the war.
Organized at Rutland and mustered in for three months May 9, 1861. Left State for Fortress Monroe, Va., May 9, arriving there May 13. Camp at Hygea Hotel until May 25.
Demonstration on Hampton May 20. Reconnaissance to Hampton May 23. Occupation of Newport News May 27, and duty there until August. Advance on Big Bethel June 9. Battle of Big Bethel June 10. Moved to Brattleboro, Vt., August 4-7 and mustered out August 15, 1861.
Losses 2 Enlisted men killed and 6 Enlisted men died of disease. Total 8.