Identified 45th Massachusetts Infantry Rifle Target Practice Manual, 1862

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Superb condition original training manual for the use of rifles and muskets for infantry identified to Capt. Nathaniel Willis Bumstead.

Residence Boston,MA; a 28 year old Merchant. Enlisted on 5/26/1862 as a Corporal
 into the Boston Cadets.He was Mustered Out on 7/2/1862 at Fort Warren, Boston 
Harbor, MA and On 9/26/1862 he was commissioned into "D" Company, 45th Massachusetts
 Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 7/7/1863 at Readville, MA

Promotions: Capt 9/26/1862 (As of Co. D 45th MA Infantry)

The 45th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, or Cadet Regiment, was one of 
the new militia regiments raised in response to the call of Aug. 4, 1862, for 
nine months troops.  It received the title by which it was commonly known because 
of the fact that over forty of the commissioned officers of the regiment were 
former members of the Boston Cadets.  Its commander, Col. Charles R. Codman, had
 served as Captain and Adjutant of the Boston Cadets during their period of 
service at Fort Warren in the early summer of 1862.

Organized at Camp Meigs, Readville, in the early fall of 1862, the first eight 
companies of the 45th were mustered in on the 26th day of September, and the 
other two, "I" and "K", on the 7th of October. On Nov. 5, the regiment embarked
on the steamer MISSISSIPPI for Beaufort, N. C., arriving at its destination on 
the 15th.   Transported by rail to Newbern, it was here assigned to Amory's 
Brigade of Foster's Division.  The regimental camp was established on the banks
 of the Trent River near Fort Gaston.  Here the 45th remained, following the 
regular routine of camp life, until Dec. 12, when it set out with Gen. Foster's
 expedition to Goldsboro. Only eight companies took part in this expedition, 
Co. "C" having been sent on special duty to Morehead City, and Co. "G" to Fort 

At Kinston, Dec. 14, the regiment had its first taste of real war, losing 15 men 
killed and 43 wounded.  At Whitehall, Dec. 16, it was again engaged, losing 4 
killed  and 16 wounded. At Goldsboro on the 17th the 45th was not in action, 
and on the following day it began its return march to Newbern, arriving at its
former camp Dec. 21.

On January 17, 1863, the 45th started on a reconnaissance to Trenton, returning 
on the 22d.  From Jan. 26 to April 25 it served as provost guard in the city of
Newbern.  During this period, on March 14, occurred the Confederate attack on 
Newbern, of which  the 45th was an interested spectator but was not called into 

On April 27 it started with Amory's Brigade on an expedition to Core Creek on the 
railroad toward Goldsboro.  On the following day it was sharply engaged, taking a 
Confederate work which crossed the railroad near its intersection with the Dover
Road, and losing one man killed and four wounded. This expedition being ended,
the regiment returned to its last camp, near Fort Spinola, just below Newbern, 
on the Trent.Here it remained until June 24, when it proceeded to Morehead City,
a suburb of Beaufort, N. C., and there took transports for Boston.

Arriving at its destination June 30, the regiment was formally welcomed, then 
proceeded to its old camp at Readville where it remained until its muster out of
the service July 8.
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