2nd Maryland Infantry, Eastern Shore
The 2nd Eastern Shore was composed of eight companies organized at Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland, from October 2, to December 28, 1861. Term of enlistment was for three years.
Company A., B., C., D. % E. were recruited in Kent County, Company F. in Baltimore City, and Company G. & H. in Harford County.
The regiment spent the winter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. In March of 1862 the regiment was transfered to Baltimore, but returned to the Eastern Shore in October.
In the Spring of 1863 the regiment was transfered to duty on the lower Potomac. In June of 1863, in response to Lee's movement northward, General Schenck, in charge of the Middle Department, ordered the regiment to Baltimore. There it was added to General Lockwood's command, attached to the 12th Corps, and sent north into Pennsylvannia to support the Army of the Potomac. The regiment was assigned to the Army's extreme right on Culp's Hill, and participated in the action there on July 2nd and 3rd. During the persuit of the Army of Northern Virginia, the regiment was engaged in the Battle of Falling Waters on July 14th.
After Lee returned to Virginia, the regiment was assigned duty along the Potomac in western Maryland and West Virginia. In May of 1864 the regiment marched with General Hunter up the Shenandoah and participated in the of Piedmont on June 5th, and Lynchburg on June 18th; and retreated with Hunter into West Virginia. When Hunter moved east later in the month, the regiment participated in the persuit of Early's Army that had invaded Maryland, and was engaged in the rear guard action at Snicker's Gap July 18th, and the Battle of Winchester on July 24th.
The 2nd Eastern Shore participated in the Battle of Berryvill, Virginia on September 3rd. The regiment remained in the Department of West Virginia until January 23, 1865, when it was consolidated with the remnants of the 1st Eastern Shore Infantry.
Nine enlisted men died in battle; one officer and sixty-two enlisted men died of disease.
History provided by Gary Baker of the Association of Carroll's Sacred Trust.
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