Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry Regiment

          Here you can learn about the Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. An American Civil War regiment from Boston, Massachusetts, composed almost wholly of Irish Americans. This regiment was later fondly called the "Fighting Ninth," the "Irish Ninth," and the "Saucy Ninth."

          At the outbreak of the rebellion, a meeting of prominent Irish American citizens was held in Boston, to form a regiment to aid in the suppression of the Southern rebellion. Captain Thomas Cass, of the "Columbian Artillery" (Boston's, Company B of the 5th artillery regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.) was selected as the colonel of the Irish American regiment and directed to begin recruitment of the regiment.

          The officers of the regiment were commissioned by the Governor of Massachusetts on May 3rd, 1861, and designated the 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. On June 11th, 1861, the regiment was mustered into the United States Volunteer Service, for a three years enlistment unless sooner discharged, and designated as the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers.

          The Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment saw active duty from June 11th, 1861, to June 21st, 1864.  June 27th, 1861, they were attached to Sherman's Brigade, Division of the Potomac. November 1st, 1861, the Army was reorganized and the Ninth was attached to Morrell's Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac. March 8th, 1862, the Army was reorganized and the Ninth was attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. May 18th, 1862, the Ninth Regiment was attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, until the end of their service.

Numerical Strength, Casualties and Muster-Out in the Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
From June 11, 1861, to June 21, 1864.
(Including Assigned Recruits)

Field and Staff Officers                                                             14
Non-Commissioned Staff                                                            7
Band                                                                                       24

Companies,
including commissioned officers.

Company A                                                                             179
Company B                                                                             169
Company C                                                                             172
Company D                                                                             164
Company E                                                                             159
Company F                                                                             152
Company G                                                                             169
Company H                                                                             162
Company I                                                                              166
Company K                                                                             154

Total: Officers and Enlisted                                                      1,691

Casualties and Muster-Out.

Killed and Mortally Wounded                                                     211
Died                                                                                         69
Discharged for Disability                                                           387
Commissioned Officers Discharged                                              28
Missing                                                                                     24
Deserted                                                                                 195
Transferred                                                                             300
Band Discharged                                                                       16
Expiration of Term of Service                                                    461

Total: Officers and Enlisted                                                       1,691

References:

The History of the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. June 1861-June 1864. Daniel George Macnamara. With an introduction by Christian G. Samito. 2000 by Fordham University Press.

http://civilwarintheeast.com/USA/MA/MA09.php Here they have the Gettysburg monument, the famous Ninth Mass. Vols. Catholic Mass photograph and a service record of the Ninth.

The Lost Civil War Diaries, The Diaries of Corporal Timothy J. Regan.
Regan, Newton, Pluskat. Trafford Publishing 2003.

Recommended Reading

          There are five books about the Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Two are out of print. I have all of them except Michael H. Macnamara's, "The Irish Ninth in Bivouac and Battle," which I would love to get my hands on some day! But, you can read it online for free!! Thanks to the civil-war-irish-l link here and below.

          The Lost Civil War Diaries, The Diaries of Corporal Timothy J. Regan. (you get the updated book cover) Corporal Regan's newly discovered diary account of his three year enlistment with the Ninth Regiment.

          The History of the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. June 1861-June 1864. Daniel George Macnamara. With an introduction by Christian G. Samito.

          This is a reprint of the original 1899 version with a new introduction. There are a couple of versions of this book at Amazon if you are interested.

          Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth. The Civil War letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Edited by Christian G. Samito.

          This book has an excerpt from Corporal Regan's diary.

          "The Irish Ninth in Bivouac and Battle." by Michael H. Macnamara.
Michael is the brother of Daniel G. Macnamara. This book was published in 1867 and is out of print.

          You can read this book at the civil-war-irish-l website, an e-mail list and forum for genealogical research and the discussion of Irish participation in the American Civil War. Here is the link, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

          "The Fighting Ninth" for Fifty Years and the Semi-Centennial Celebration. By Frank J. Flynn. This book is out of Print.


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