In memory of the Massachusetts Civil War soldiers who bravely fought in the First and Second Regiment Heavy Artillery: 282 William R. Messer- 1st Reg. Heavy Artillery 285 Samuel Sawyer - 1st Reg. Heavy Artillery 268 John P. White - 1st Reg. Heavy Artillery 289 Sylvester W. Young - 1st Reg. Heavy Artillery 231 Luther J. Palmer- 2nd Reg. Heavy Artillery 292 Rockwood F. Mason - 2nd Reg. Heavy Artillery 293 George E. Merrill- Infantry 284 Patrick McMullen - 1st Reg. Heavy Artillery 295 Sargent Frank Sanborn - Infantry 296 G. Thompson - Infantry 297 Charles Smith 299 William Gusack 300 Benjamin C. Allen -1st Reg. Heavy Artillery
Recruited in Essex County as the Fourteenth Infantry. They left Boston, Massachusetts August 7, 1861, proceeding to Washington, DC where they were placed on garrison duty in the surrounding forts.
They were changed to the First Regiment of Heavy Artillery in January, 1862, They served as an infantry command in Grant's Virginia campaign and joined the Union Army of the Potomac May 17, 1864, having been assigned to Tyler's Division of Heavy Artillery--then serving as infantry.
Two days later they met the enemy on the Fredericksburg Pike; In the campaign of 1865 the regiment was in Pierce's (2d) Brigade, Mott's (3d) Division, with which command it participated in the closing battles of the Civil War.