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Re: Looking for Expert on 54th MASS re: Mark De Mo
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I don't personally have a regimental history of the 55th, and am not sure if there is one. I'm sure someone out there will know.
As for sources, there are numerous ones. The National Archives microfilm records. You can go to the website, and under their select catalogs they have one on Black Studies which lists the series and numbers. www.archives.gov/publications/microfilm_catalogs/black_studies
also, Center for Military history has various references (see A. J. Smith, below:
CORPORAL ANDREW JACKSON SMITH
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, of Clinton, Illinois, a member of the 55th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, distinguished himself on 30 November 1864 by saving his regimental colors, after the color bearer was killed during al bloody charge called the Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina. In the late afternoon, as the 55th Regiment pursued enemy skirmishers and conducted a running fight, they ran into a swampy area backed by a rise where the Confederate Army awaited. The surrounding woods and thick underbrush impeded infantry movement and artillery support. The 55th and 34th regiments formed columns to advance on the enemy position in a flanking movement. As the Confederates repelled other units, the 55th and 54th regiments continued to move into tanking positions. Forced into a narrow gorge crossing a swamp in the face of the enemy position, the 55th's Color-Sergeant was killed by an exploding shell, and Corporal Smith took the Regimental Colors from his hand and carried them through heavy grape and canister fire. Although half of the officers and a third of the enlisted men engaged in the fight were killed or wounded, Corporal Smith continued to expose himself to enemy fire by carrying the colors throughout the battle. Through his actions, the Regimental Colors of the 55th Infantry Regiment were not lost to the enemy. Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith's extraordinary valor in the face of deadly enemy fire is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, the 55th Regiment, and the United States Army.
If you live in the NE, there are several good places-let me know.
The Boston Newspapers were frequent publishers of news about the 54th and 55th, and often gave names/places/dates that are useful
Knowing what you are looking for would be helpful. Are you documenting all the members of the 55th?, relatives? particular soldiers? Let me know, and I'll see what else I can do.
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