5th Massachusetts Regiment

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Mansfield's Regiment
27 Continental Regiment
5th Massachusetts Regiment
Active 1775-1783
Country  United States
Allegiance  Massachusetts
Branch Continental Army
Type Regiment
Role Infantry
Part of Massachusetts Line
Engagements Bunker Hill
New York Campaign
Colonel Rufus Putnam

The 5th Massachusetts Regiment also known as the 27th Continental Regiment was raised on April 17, 1718, under Colonel Mansfield outside of Boston, Massachusetts. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Bunker Hill, New York Campaign, Battle of Trenton, Battle of Princeton. Colonel Rufus Putnam took command in January 1777 and participated in the Battle of Saratoga.

The regiment was furloughed on June 12, 1783, at New Windsor, New York, and disbanded on November 3, 1783.

Later units[edit]

During the American Civil War, there were two separate and distinct units, one the Fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry,[1][2] and the other known as the 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry, which was a colored regiment.[3][4] The 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry was mustered out of Federal service at Clarksville, Texas, on October 31, 1865.[4]

The 5th Massachusetts Volunteers served in the Spanish–American War, and was mustered out on March 31, 1899.[5]


  1. ^ Roe, Alfred S. (1911). The Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry: In its three tours of duty, 1861, 1862-63, 1864. Boston, Massachusetts: Fifth Regiment Veteran Association. OCLC 4370610. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Frank T. (1879). History of the Fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. Boston, Massachusetts: W.F. Brown & Company. OCLC 52059693. 
  3. ^ Storey, Moorfield (1923). "Memoir of Charles Pickering Bowditch". Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 56: 306–315, page 309. JSTOR 25080146. 
  4. ^ a b "5th Regiment Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Cavalry". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Photograph of the 5th Massachusetts Volunteers in Line in Greenville, South Carolina". U.S. National Archives. 1898. 

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