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28th Maine Regiment Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Twenty-eighth Infantry. — Col., Ephraim W. Woodman ; Lieut.-Col., William E. Hadlock; Maj., Joseph D. Bullen. This regiment, numbering 935 men, was organized on Oct. 6, 1862, and was mustered into the U. S. service at Augusta, Oct. 18, to serve for nine months. On the 26th it left the state for Washington, but stopped en route at New York, and was ordered to Fort Schuyler to report to Gen. Banks. On Nov. 26 it was ordered to East New York, and on Jan. 17, 1863, embarked for Fortress Monroe and New Orleans, arriving at the latter place on the 29th. It encamped at Chalmette, 7 miles below the city, until Feb. 15, when it was ordered to Pensacola, Fla. On March 29 it returned to New Orleans, and was at once ordered to Donaldsonville and Plaquemine. On May 27, six companies under Col. Woodman were ordered to Port Hudson, and assigned to Gen. Nickerson's brigade of Dwight's division. They shared in the advance of June 14, and on June 22 assaulted a bastion of the Confederate works, losing 3 killed and 9 wounded. Meanwhile, the portion of the regiment which had remained at Donaldsonville to garrison Fort Butler, was attacked by a vastly superior force of the enemy, but repulsed them with heavy loss in one of the most gallant engagements of the war. The little garrison killed, captured and wounded more than three times its number, and was mentioned for gallantry in general orders read to the troops before Port Hudson. On July 4, the six companies at Port Hudson were ordered to Fort Butler, then besieged by the enemy, and arrived there on the 5th. The same evening, Maj. Bullen, who had so recently won distinction for his brilliant defense of the fort with his little command, was foully murdered by private Francis G. Scott of the 1st La. infantry. Owing to a dearth of field officers, Col. Woodward had been retained at Port Hudson. After the surrender of that place on the 8th he again took command of the regiment on the 10th and two days later took command of the post at Baton Rouge, where the regiment was stationed until Aug. 6, when it started for Maine via Cairo, Ill., arrived at Augusta on the 18th, and on the 31st was mustered out at that point. Many of the men had reenlisted while in the South, but all the men captured had been paroled or exchanged, and were mustered out with the others.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1

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