5th Massachusetts Regiment

  • Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Mansfield's Regiment.
  • Organized in spring 1775 at Cambridge to consist of 10 companies from southeastern Essex County.
  • Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Assigned on July 22, 1775 to Sullivan's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.
  • ReOrganized and redesignated on January 1, 1776 as the 27th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 companies; concurrently relieved from Sullivan's Brigade and assigned to the Vacant Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.
  • Vacant's Brigade redesignated on February 16, 1776 as Frye's Brigade.
  • Relieved on April 4, 1776 from Frye's Brigade and assigned to the Eastern Department.
  • Relieved on July 11, 1776 from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Assigned on August 12, 1776 to Mifflin's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.
  • Mifflin's Brigade redesignated on October 8, 1776 as Stirling's Brigade.
  • Relieved on October 15, 1776 from Stirling's Brigade and assigned to Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.
  • consolidated on January 1, 1777 with Walbridge's Company, 13th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as Putnam's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies.
  • Relieved on February 9, 1777 from Clinton's Brigade and assigned to the Northern Department.
  • Relieved on March 13, 1777 to from the Northern Department and assigned to the Highland's Department.
  • Assigned on June 12, 1777 to the 2nd Massachusetts Brigade, an element of the Highland's Department.
  • Relieved on June 15, 1777 from the 2nd Massachusetts Brigade and assigned to the 1st Massachusetts Brigade, an element of the Highland's Department.
  • 1st Massachusetts Brigade relieved on July 1, 1777 from the Highland's Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
  • 1st Massachusetts Brigade relieved on March 31, 1778 from the Northern Department and assigned to the Highland's Department.
  • ReOrganized on May 12, 1779 to consist of 9 companies.
  • Redesignated on August 1, 1779 as the 5th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • Relieved on January 1, 1781 from the 1st Massachusetts Brigade and assigned to the 2nd Massachusetts Brigade, an element of the Highland's Department.
  • Furloughed on June 12, 1783 at West Point, New York.
  • Disbanded on November 3, 1783

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