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Braman and George Grout fought together in the Civil War

Braman Grout circa 1862 George Grout

An unknown Infantryman from the 23rd Massachusetts. Click here to go to this web site of Civil War photo`s

An unknown Volunteer Infantryman in full uniform from the 23rd Massachusetts, Company A, circa 1862.

Braman Grout and his older brother George both joined the 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H during the Civil War. Here is the link to their company register, after it loads click on ``Co. H`` at the bottom of the screen. In early 1862 the company camped at Annapolis then departed with Burnside's expeditionary force for Roanoke Island.

Period photo of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where the 25th Massachusetts departed.

Company H sailed aboard the Gunboat Zouave which then sank in Hatteras Inlet during a storm according to Wearing the blue, pg. 59. Fortunately no one was lost!

A letter in my possession written by Braman on Feb. 2nd 1862 from the deck of the Steamer New York reports they are set to attack the Confederate positions on Roanoke Island in Hetaeras Inlet, North Carolina the next day. (See bottom of this page!)

Steamer New York. Click here to go to web site

The Steamer New York in 1863

Here are period maps of Roanoke, scroll about ½ way down the page.

Here are some illustrations of the battle from Harper’s Weekly. I have been unable to locate any photos from the battlefield on line. Do you know of any?

The bombardment and Amphibious assault

Scroll about half way down this page for more scenes of the Amphibious assault.

At Roanoke Union soldiers outnumbered Confederate by a large margin. However the Confederates were well entrenched in their earthen forts. However, they also counted on the dense swamps on the island to guard their flank. After Union soldiers forged through the waist deep swamps and outflanked them the Confederates quickly surrendered.

The Landing and Assault.

Scroll about half way down this page for more Battle scenes.

Here is a web site of the battle of Roanoke.

After the battle of Roanoke the 25th was next engaged in the successful battle of New Berne on March 14 1862 and remained garrisoned there and in surrounding towns until October of 1863 guarding the area from recapture. They routinely engaged in small skirmishes around the swampy delta region throughout their stay. In December 1862 an expedition was launched in the direction of Kinston and Goldsboro and met heavy resistance. On December 16th the 25th rushed to the aid of 'Berger's' battery and fought back a large Confederate surprise attack in heavy fighting. On March 13-15th 1863 they were involved in skirmishes at Deep Gully and helped stop a Confederate attempt to retake New Berne.

This drawing is of the 25th Mass. ``Camp Oliver`` near New Bern, 1862-63.

Gun crews of 3d Massachusetts Artillery. Click here to go to this site

Gun crews of Company H, 3d Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, at Fort Lincoln, circa 1865

In October 1863 the 25th Mass. was ordered to take the steamer S. R. Spaulding back to Fortress Monroe for redeployment to Virginia. They were then moved several times including Portsmouth and Yorktown.

They then joined Butler's operations against Petersburg and Richmond combining with several other units to form the ``Star Brigade``, part of the 18th Corps. Landing at Bermuda Hundred in May 1864 the 25th Mass. fought at Swift Creek, Port Darling, Drury's Bluff and Bermuda Hundred.

Although the battles of Swift Creek and Drury`s Bluff were Confederate victories the 25th Mass. distinguished itself in both. On May 9th 1864 at Swift Creek the Star Brigade was assaulted by a large force later known as ``Hagood’s charge``. They fought back the charge despite having their line breached. Just days later on May 16th at Drury`s Bluff the Star Brigade was woken at dawn by a surprise assault. The Confederates had flanked them in the night and they were surrounded. After running out of ammunition they charged the line to their rear, causing confusion and allowing the majority of the men to retreat and avoid capture.

Earthen works at Bermuda Hundred, 1864

This is the only period photo I know of ascribed to the 25th Massachusetts. It is supposedly of a camp in Virginia.

Here's a photo of a camp ascribed to the Burnside Expedition.


They next engaged in the Battle of Cold Harbor in June 1864. Cold Harbor was a disaster for the Union and General Grant would later say it was the only attack order he regretted giving. The 25th Mass. suffered heavy losses while attempting to take an entrenched enemy position. The fire was so thick one man was hit 7 times although miraculously survived. The 25th Mass. suffered 220 killed, wounded or captured out of 300 men who began the attack. It is miraculous neither Braman or George were hit!

They were next involved in the Siege of Petersburg from June 15th to August 25th 1864 where they lived in the notorious trenches around that city and were under constant fire. They were moved to the rear in early September and a roster for Company H declared just 4 Officers, 17 Privates and 1 Musician were fit for duty. Shortly after they were removed again to New Bern.

On October 5, 1864 the remaining original volunteers of the 25th Mass., who had served their 3 years duty, left for home aboard the USS Dudley Buck and were mustered out of the Army in Worcester Massachusetts on October 20th including Braman and George.

This letter was written by my Great Grandfather Braman Grout Feb. 2nd, 1862

This is the text of a letter written by Braman Grout

Hetaeras Inlet- Sunday Feb. 2nd 1862

Friend Mrs. Sibley

I will write you a few lines to day: I received your letter of the 16th Friday the 31st and was very glad to hear from you! These words do not begin express it: This was the first news that we had since we left Fortress Monroe; I might have said since we left camp Jan 6. You may imagine the joy that was on board when the men saw a sack bag stuffed full of mail matter. This was enough for one day. I tell you I read your letter with interest and also the papers, you do not know how much good it did me! We are all well and hope this will find you all the same. I hope that Fannie has recovered of the measles if I was there and she was not to sick I would tell her what Father used to tell me when I was sick with them (the cure I mean).

We are on board the steamer New York, 8 companies, I think the rest will be delivered on her soon to have the 25th all together. We shall start tomorrow morning early for Roanoke Island that being our place to make an attack! I must close as the mail is soon to go.

Remember me to Joyce and tell she can have one of those profiles on condition hang it w/ game!

I was intending to have written a long letter but will have to wait until the next time. Give my love to Fannie and all of the folks.

I will write you again the first opportunity if am spared in the conflict which we are soon to meet.

Tomorrow I think will be the greatest day & even sun. It may be my last: if so it will be well there is a higher fence than mans fences.

I hope to do my whole duty and leave all with Him. Oh I wished you had sent Fannies Picture. Perhaps not to late now.

Yours in rush

Braman Grout

Here are some more links to interesting web sites.

There are 2 books now on-line at Google Books about the 25th Mass. The first titled: Wearing the blue in the Twenty-fifth Mass. volunteer infantry: with Burnside's coast division, 18th army corps, and Army of the James by Joseph Waldo Denny including photo`s of Braman and George.

The second book is titled: My diary of rambles with the 25th Mass. volunteer infantry: with Burnside's coast division; 18th army corps, and Army of the James by David L. Day.

Here is a detailed history of the Company with a breakdown by year at the bottom of the page.
Several period photo`s of Massachusetts fighters can be found here
Here`s the best site I`ve found of Civil War photos with over 1,000 high resolution pictures. They`re well organized too!
So far I haven`t been able to locate an H Company photo on-line, but here is a link to Col. Upton of the 25th with photo.
Here is the web site of the 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Reenacting unit.
Here is the web site of Willie Grout, who died in the Civil War and who had a song written about his sacrifice.
Here is some more information on Willie Grout and an interesting account of how he fell.


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