Twenty-Ninth Regiment Infantry
This Regiment, with the exception of Companies A and D, was organized at Augusta, Me., from Nov. 13th, 1863, to January, 1864, to serve three years. Companies A and D were transferred from the 10th Me. Battalion, then serving with the 12th Army Corps in Tennessee, and joined the regiment at New Orlaans, La.
The regiment left Augusta, Jan. 31, 1864, and embarked at Portland Feb. 2d, on board steamship "De Molay," for New Orleans, La., at which place it arrived on the 16th.
On the 20th they left Algiers for Brashear City,, thence proceeded to Franklin, arriving on the 21st, and were assigned to the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps.
On the 15th of March they left for Alexandria, on the Red River, arrived there on the 25th, and laid in camp until the 29th, when transferred to the 1st Brigade.
On the 8th and 9th of April they were engaged in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, La., and rendered most effective service.
Subsequently they retreated with the army to Grand Ecere, La., which they reached on the 11th.
On the 23rd they assisted in driving the enemy at Cane River Crossing, and reached Alexandria, La., on the 25th. They remained at that place until May 12th, and while there assisted in building the famous dam which saved the fleet.
On the 13th of May they proceeded towards the Mississippi River, which they reached on the 20th, and on the 22d went into camp at Morganzia Bend, where they remained until July 2d, on which day they left for New Orleans, reaching that city on the 3d.
On the 5th they left in steamship "Clinton" for Fortress Monroe, Va., arriving on the 12th, when, being ordered to Washington, reached that city the following day.
After remaining a few days near Washington, they marched to Harper's Ferry, Va., and participated in all the marches and movements of the Army of the Shenandoah, including the battles of Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, in all of which they rendered most effective service.
On the 18th of October, 1864, Company A, Capt. John Q. Adams, transferred from 10th Me. Battalion, was mustered out and discharged the U. S. serviced, its term of service having expired, and its place was filled by the 1st Company of Unassigned Infantry, Captain Edward S. Butler, organized at Augusta, Me., Sept. 16th, 1864, to serve one year.
On the 1st of January, 1865, the regiment was encamped near Stevenson's Depot, Va., attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, and from March 31st to April 19th were occupied chiefly in marching to given points for special service.
On the 20th they took cars for Washington, D. C., and on the 4th and 5th of May did guard duty at Washington Arsenal over the assassins of President Lincoln.
On the 23rd they participated in the grand review at Washington with the army of the Potomac.
On the 31st of May, Co A, (Capt. Butler,) one year's men and all whose term of service expired prior to Oct. 1st, 1865, were ordered to be mustered out of the U. S. service.
On the 1st of June the regiment embarked at Alexandria, Va., on board steamship Ariel for Savannah, arriving there on the 5th, and on the 14th and 15th proceeded to Georgetown, S. C. The regiment was divided into detachments, and occupied the following stations, all in South Carolina, viz.: Railroad Bridge on the Pedee River, Kingstree, Marion, Florence, Darlington and Society Hill, with head quarters at Darlington. Their duties were arduous and conststed in part in assisting in the making of contracts and investigating complaints made by freedmen and planters.
On the 27th of March, 1866, they were ordered to Hilton Head, S. C., which they occupied, with detachments at St. Helena Island andat Seabrook, until June 21st, when the regiment was mustered out of the U. S. service by Lieut. H. S. French, A. C. M., Department of the Carolinas. On the following day they embarked on board steamer for New York, arriving on the 25th at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, where, on the 28th of June, the men were paid and finally discharged.
Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine
for the year ending December 31, 1866, p. 144-146.