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32nd Massachusetts Infantry      
Company Unknown
Asa Kneeland - Private   
Asa Kneeland and Ebenezer Kneeland were brothers. Eben was wounded at Spotsylvania and was later assigned to a hospital unit in Washington D. C. for the remainder of the war. Asa continued all the way to Appomattox. At the very end of the war he was promoted to 1st. Lt.
Contact Name:  John LeVar
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Date Added:  4/19/2007
Company A
William Breen - Corporal   
My Great Great Uncle Cpl. William Breen joined the 32nd MVI in July 1861 and was captured at Weldon railroad on 21 August 1864. He died at Salisbury Confederate prison a few months later on 8 November 1864.
Contact Name:  Will Coupe
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Date Added:  10/5/2007
Company B
Edgar Augustus Maynard - Sergeant   
Edgar A. Maynard was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on February 11, 1844 and died in Brockport,NY on November 11, 1910. He enlited November 23,1861 at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor and disharged June 29,1865. He served 3 years 8 months.

Contact Name:  Aitken Birdsall
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Date Added:  12/22/2011
Company D
Joseph Tew - Private   
32nd Massachusetts Volunteers.
Occupation:Shoemaker
Enlistment Date: 7 September 1863
Distinguished Service
Union
Massachusetts
Unit Numbers:936 936

Enlisted as a private on 7 September 1863 at the age of 33.
Drafted in on 7th September 1863.
Discharged on 4 August 1864
Contact Name:  Jean Nichols
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Date Added:  9/12/2006
Company E
James Brown Prouty - Private   
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Contact Name:  Shawn Verdine
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Date Added:  6/28/2006
Company F
Daniel Leavitt Beal - Private   
Daniel L. Beal died at City Point, Virginia in the Army of the Potomac general hospital # 5 AC. He succumbed to typhoid fever. He is memorialized forever on the Soldiers & Sailors monument in Hingham, Massachusetts. Laban O. Beal was his 1st cousin.
Contact Name:  Sean Walsh
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Contact Homepage:  www.barnstablelegionbaseball.com
Date Added:  3/31/2014
Company F
Laban Otis Beal - Private   
Pvt. Laban O. Beal was discharged at Fort Monroe on January 30, 1863 due to disability, suffering his wounds at Antietam.
Contact Name:  Sean Walsh
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Date Added:  3/31/2014
Company F
Gustavus Perry Corthell - Private   
Name: Gustavus P Corthell ,
Residence: Hingham, Massachusetts
Occupation: Bucket Maker
Enlistment Date: 20 February 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Massachusetts
Death Date: 12 March 1912
Unit Numbers: 936 936
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 20 February 1862 at the age of 18
Enlisted in Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment Massachusetts on 20 February 1862.
Received a disability discharge Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment Massachusetts on 28 March 1863
His brother nelson Corthell died in the battle of Bull Run at age 24.




Contact Name:  Candace M. Corthell
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Date Added:  3/9/2005
Company F
William L. Dawes - Private   
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Contact Name:  D. Wiker
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Date Added:  8/3/2010
Company F
Edmund L Hyland - Private   
Edmund L. Hyland was born in 1844 in Scituate Massachusetts. The Hyland family first arrived in Scituate in 1638 and served in the local militia during the Colonial Wars, Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Edmund's father Edmund Sr served in the War of 1812. Edmund Jr enlisted in the Winter of 1862 in Co.F 32nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.Pvt.Hyland served with his regiment at Fredericksburg and later Gettysburg. In the late Summer of 1863 Pvt.Hyland was admitted to various field hospitals where he wrote many letters home to family and friends. Many of these letters survive and have in recent years surfaced at auctions. His health kept him out of active duty but not out of the regiment as he most likely was assigned light duty throughout the 1864 Virginia campaign. He was discharged with his regiment in June 0f 1865. On Christmas Day he married Elizabeth Ellms and built a home on his father's farm. The Hyland family is of special interest to me because I was born and raised on their ancestral land. Our backyard was the site of their Tannery. Most of the old homes on our street were Hyland homes.
Contact Name:  David E. Corbin
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Date Added:  2/10/2009
Company F
Ebenezer Kneeland - Private   
Eben Kneeland and Asa Kneeland were brothers. Eben was 17 when he enlisted in 1862. He was involved in all the battles in which the 32d Mass. participated through Spotsylvania when he was wounded in the hand. He was then assigned to a hospital unit in Washington D. C. until the end of the war.
Contact Name:  John LeVar
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Date Added:  4/19/2007
Company F
George H Prouty - Private   
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Contact Name:  Shawn Verdine
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Date Added:  8/31/2006
Company G
Van Almer Pray - Private   
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Contact Name:  Brandon Pray
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Date Added:  1/13/2018
Company H
Daniel Webster Parmenter - Unknown   
DANIEL WEBSTER PARMENTER, was born on October 24, 1841 in Framingham, Massachusetts the only child of Daniel and Emily (Parker) Parmenter. He worked as a farmer on his father's 'Homestead' farm until his father's death in 1857. Daniel then attended Norwich Military College in Vermont until he withdrew from Norwich in 1862 to enlist as a Sgt. in Co. H, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry. He fought in the battles of Antietam, Shepherdstown, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
In November 1863 he requested and was granted an honorable discharge from the 32nd Massachusetts in order to receive a commission as a Lieut. in Company G, USCT.
Lt. Parmenter was assigned to recruiting duty with a small detachment of the 10th USCT to Plymouth, Halifax County, North Carolina. The Union Garrison at Plymouth was attacked by Confederate troop,s General Hoke officer commanding, on April 20, 1864 and on April 24th, the entire Union garrison of over 2000 white and black soldiers along with Union loyal citizens surrendered. On April 24 Parmenter and other white officers was moved by the boat C.S. Cotton Plant to Weldon, N.C. where he was reported killed or died at Weldon about April 24th. Circumstances of his death and burial are unclear. Reports and family information indicate that he may have been killed by Confederates for serving as a white officer in a black regiment or " that he was shot by a prison guard while trying to mail a letter home". Daniel likely lies in a grave unknown except to God.
Contact Name:  Ralph Parmenter Bennett
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Date Added:  11/9/2021
Company H
Andrew Jackson Pickering - Private   
Andrew Jackson Pickering was discharged for disability on April 7th 1863. Andrew had 3 brothers who also served in Massachusetts units; James Franklin Pickering, Valentine A. Pickering, and George Washington Pickering.
Contact Name:  Kathleen Tovar
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Date Added:  9/30/2009
Company H
James F Pickering - Private   
James Franklin had 3 brothers who also served in Massachusetts units; Andrew Jackson Pickering, Valentine A. Pickering, and George Washington Pickering.
Contact Name:  Kathleen Tovar
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Date Added:  9/30/2009
Company I
Samuel Guggenheimer - Private   
surname also listed as Gouggenheimer.
transfered to 39th infantry.
Contact Name:  Brian Ward
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Date Added:  10/31/2007
Company K
Joseph Gehling - Private   
Joseph Gehling born in Emsdetton Germany August 13, 1825
Was 5 5-1/2 hazel eyes dark hair
Was a farmer in Needham Massachusetts, was enlisted in K Company July 21, 1862. Was a volunteer infantry under Col. Edwards, re-enlisted January 5, 1864.
Reason for mustered out, was riding horseback in Virginia, was being chased by rebels, jumped the horse over a fence was injured. On June 2, 1865 released from service.
Died October 4,1908
Contact Name:  Bob Gehling
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Date Added:  9/9/2006
Company K
Luther Hollis - Private   
Discharged 4/17/1864 from gunshot wound.
Contact Name:  Patricia Oyres
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Date Added:  6/13/2010
Company M
Charles Henry Smith - Captain   
Captain Charles Henry Smith was born 31 Jul 1837 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and died on 12 Mar 1900 in Beverly, Mass.

Charles resided on Union Street in Charlestown, Mass when he enlisted in the 32d Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company I on 14 Jul 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 5 Jan 1864, and 1st Lieutenant on 20 Jul 1864. On 1 Apr 1865, Charles was promoted to Captain. Charles mustered out 29 Jun 1865 at the expiration of his service.

Capt Charles H Smith is buried with his family at Central Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts. His headstone inscription is as follows:

CHARLES H. SMITH / CAPT. OF CO M 32nd REGT. / MASS. VOLS. / JULY 31, 1837. / MARCH 12, 1900 / NO FEAR IN HIS COUNTRY'S SERVICE / NO REST TILL THE VICTORY WON / BRAVE, HONEST, FAITHFUL SOLDIER / REST, NOW IS YOURS, SLEEP ON
Contact Name:  Deborah Lynn Williams
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Date Added:  2/25/2014
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