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20th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
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Active August 29, 1861 – July 28, 1865
Country US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Allegiance Union
Branch United States Army
Type Infantry
Part of In 1863: 3rd Brigade (Hall's), 2nd Division (Gibbon's), II Corps, Army of the Potomac
Nickname(s) "The Harvard Regiment"
Col. Paul J. Revere
Col. William R. Lee
Lt. Henry L. Abbott
II Corps (2nd Division) badge IIcorpsbadge2
Roxbury Puddingstone 20th Mass monument

Monument to the 20th Massachusetts Infantry on the Gettysburg battlefield; Roxbury Conglomerate.

The 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, also known as the "Harvard Regiment", was a regiment of infantry in the American Civil War. The regiment was so nicknamed because the officers of the 20th were young Harvard graduates.[1] In addition some, but not all, the private soldiers had attended Harvard. The 20th was organized at Camp Meigs in Readville, August 29 to September 4, 1861. After training they left Massachusetts for Washington, D. C., September 4. They would fight until the war's conclusion; being mustered out on July 16 and discharged July 28, 1865.[2]

Brigade, divisional and corps attachmentsEdit

Attached to Ladder's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Lander's Brigade, Stone's (Sedgwick's) Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1865.[2]


With the exception of First Bull Run the 20th participated in all of the major battles and many of the smaller battles fought by the Army of the Potomac. Their baptism of fire occurred at Ball's Bluff on October 21, 1861. Other battles included the Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House the Siege of Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign.[2]


The 20th regiment lost 17 officers and 243 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded. One officer and 148 enlisted men by disease. Total casualties were 409. The regiment ranks first among Massachusetts regiments and fifth among Union regiments in total casualties.[3]

Notable membersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War. (Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England,2005)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Archived 2008-04-10 at the Wayback Machine.. National Park Service. Retrieved on 2008-02-15.
  3. "The Harvard Regiment". Retrieved on 2008-02-15

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