Company A

Company A was recruited during the autumn of 1861, and most of its initial membership mustered into service on December 13, 1861. Many of the men of this company were originally recruited from the shoe factories of Lynn, Massachusetts, with another large contingent being common laborers from East Cambridge, Cambridgeport, and Boston. The first commander was Captain Andrew P. Caraher of Lynn. Caraher was promoted to Major on July 26, 1862, and later wounded at both Chantilly and Fredericksburg before being discharged on account of his wounds on September 20, 1863.

Two enlisted men rose through the ranks of Company to become commissioned officers in the 28th Massachusetts. William McCarty, a 25-year old West Roxbury carpenter; enlisted at the formation of the regiment as a private and served faithfully in the ranks until wounded in the Mule Shoe assault on May 12, 1864 at Spottsylvania. Upon his return to the regiment; he was promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant in July, 1864, and later was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Company C on March 13, 1865. James A McIntire, a 20 year-old morocco dresser from Lynn, enlisted as a Corporal at the formation of the regiment. He was wounded at Chantilly, Virginia as a Sergeant, and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant at the end of December 1862. On October 3, 1863, he was commissioned Captain of Company A, but was killed in battle on May 5, 1864 at the Wilderness.

Altogether, a total of 226 men served in Company A between December 13, 1861 and June 30, 1865, including two who were commissioned as officers from the ranks. Of these, 27 enlisted men were killed or died of battle wounds, 10 enlisted men died by accident or disease, and 11 enlisted men died as prisoners, for a total loss of 54 men (24%).

Roster of Company A

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