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Muster Sheets
(Regimental Roster)

he 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was organized at Cambridge during autumn 1861. Most of its initial recruits were mustered into service on December 13 for a term of three years. In all, some 1,845 soldiers served in the regiment over the three and a half years of its existence: 98 commissioned officers and 1,805 enlisted men.

An analysis of muster sheets from late 1861 reveals a proliferation of Irish surnames. The regiment received infusions of new men as its ranks thinned, first through continued enlistments, then via the draft initiated in August 1863. Many later recruits did not have Irish surnames or even come from Massachusetts. During 1863 and 1864, it was common for new men to list residences inneighboring New England states, New York, and Canada.

Upon completing their original three-year terms of service, many soldiers elected to return home. But a sufficient number re-enlisted by January 1, 1864, to justify continuation of the 28th Massachusetts as a five-company battalion of "veteran volunteers" through the end of the war. The surviving contingent was mustered out of state service on June 30, 1865.

The official roster of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on this Web site was taken directly from Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, published in 1931 by the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Supplemental information was taken from Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1865 published by the Adjutant General in 1868. The list of veterans' burial places has been compiled separately and remains a work in progress.

Additions and revisions continue to be made as new information is received from descendants the men who served in the regiment. Please contact us if you have done related research that you wish to share.


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