2nd Massachusetts InfantryOrganized: West Rexbury, MA; mustered in 5/25/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: Boston, MA 7/26/1865
|Commanding Officer: |
Col. George L. Andrews
|Statistics for Maryland Campaign|
Initial Strength: not known
Killed in Action (KIA): 18
Wounded (WIA): 54
Maps Showing this Unit:
Detail Map #2: Hood's Division Retakes the Cornfield
Detail Map #3: Mansfield's XII Corps Attacks Into the Cornfield
Detail Map #4: Greene's High-Water Mark in the West Woods
Detail Map #5: Sedgwick is Flanked in the West Woods
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #54: Gordon's Brigade, Williams' Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #27: Twelfth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #28: Williams' Division, Twelfth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
Tablet #55: Gordon's Brigade, Williams' Division - 17 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - Twelfth (XII) Army Corps
Division - 1st Division, XII Corps
Brigade - 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps
History of the Unit:
The first Colonel was George H. Gordon, who organized and led the regiment until his promotion to brigade command (April 1862) and rank of Brigadier General (June 1862). He was succeeded by Colonel George L. Andrews.
In the Antietam Campaign:
The Regiment fought in the Federal XII Corps attack at the northern part of the battlefield on 17 September: through the Cornfield, and between the East and West Woods. The men of Collis' Independent Company - the "Zouaves d'Afrique" - were attached to the 2nd Massachusetts at Antietam. Lt Colonel Wilder Dwight was mortally wounded in combat with the regiment.
More on the Web:
See also a selection of vignettes of the battle from the Gordon's Regulars website.
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Sources: Dyer, Frederick H., A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Co., 1908; and
The "Gordon's Regulars" website from Lynne Kennedy.
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