Second Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry


There are 4 photographs in this collection.  One is a mounted photograph is in sepia tones.  Hand written below the photo: “Camp of the 2nd Mass. Vol. Infantry, Atlanta. Georgia. U.S.” The 3 remaining photographs were taken at the 50th anniversary of the departure of the regiment from Camp Andrew, West Roxbury July 8, 1861.

The 2d Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. (also known as the “Abbott Grays”) was recruited in April, 1861, by George H. Gordon, a West Point graduate, who became its first colonel. It was the first regiment composed wholly of volunteers raised in Massachusetts for the war. It was organized at Camp Andrew at Brook Farm in West Roxbury, and was mustered into the service May 25, 1861.  Leaving Massachusetts July 8, it joined the force of Gen. Patterson at Martinsburg, Va., on the 12th.

In April, 1864, the 11th and 12th Corps were consolidated to form the 20th Corps commanded by Gen. Joseph Hooker and later by Col. George A. Mower. As a part of the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Corps, Army of Georgia, the 2d, a veteran regiment, participated in the battles of Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, and the siege of Atlanta, was in the March to the Sea, in the operations before Savannah, and in the northward march through Georgia and the Carolinas. Averysboro, N. C., fought March 16, 1865, was its last important battle. When Johnston surrendered, April 26, the regiment was at Raleigh, N. C., doing guard duty.

Marching all the way back to Washington, it was in the Grand Review, May 24. On July 14 it was mustered out, but the men were not paid off and discharged until July 26, when they were assembled for the last time at Readville, Mass.

3 Responses

  1. An awesome find.
    My gg grandfather Charles G Fisher was a vet from the 2nd Mass. He was from Roxbury, Ma and after the war lived the rest of his life in Nashville, Tn where he was layed to rest.
    Don’t know if he was a member of any veterans club or if he ever returned home, even for a visit.

    Do you have a roster of who the attendees where?

    I have not one picture of him and sure would be greatfull to find one.

    Thank You!

    • Joni, Your gr. gr. grandfather, Charles G. Fisher, was the brother of my gr. gr. grandmother, Adeline Elizabeth Fisher (who married Robert Fisher from an unrelated family). I have photos of their parents, who I believe were Charles G. Fisher, Sr., and Clotilde Whitney. I also have photos of Adeline, and I have a letter written by your gr. gr. grandfather to Adeline in 1877 from Nashville. He was in very depressing circumstances at that time. I would be very excited to exchange information with you if you’re willing. I know very little about your branch of the family, and I have no information about the Whitney family. Do you? You can reach me by email at

      Caleb Pitkin

  2. I would love more information and or a photo of my 2nd great grandfather George H. Rogers alias Joseph Rogers, he was in the 2nd mass. regiment company B, he enlisted as a private May 1861 and mustered out a 1st sergent may of 1864 he had 17 kids so im surprised if i dont get a response as there must be a great grand person of him somewhere out there?

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