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Camp Fires at Night of the 8th Massachusetts Regiment and a Portion of the 7th Regiment of New York on the Road from Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C.
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
April 22-25, 1861
Drawing: Graphite and black ink and wash on paper. 8 1/2 x 12 in. A small military camp among trees. Soldiers sit and stand around small fires outside their tents. Inscribed at lower center outside image in graphite: 'Camp fires at night.' At upper center outside image: 'No 3 there can be plenty of Figures put in.' Verso is inscribed vertically at left: 'On the Route from Annapolis to / Washington 8th Reg Mass and a portion / of 7th N.Y.'
See also 1945.580.53. The following excerpt is from taken from the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, New York National Guard: 'April 19, 1861, the regiment, commanded by Col. Marshall Lefferts, left the State, en route to Washington, D. C., where it was mustered in the service of the United States for thirty days, April 26, 1861; it served at Washington and was mustered out at New York city, June 3, 1861.' The following excerpt is taken from the Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics of the State of New York, Albany: [The Bureau], (C. Wendell), 1866. SEVENTH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. MILITIA. 'News of the riot in Baltimore, in which Massachusetts soldiers were killed, was received before the regiment left New York and increased greatly the interest attending its departure. The Seventh went by railroad to Perrysville; thence by steamer to Annapolis, and along or near the railroad track to Annapolis Junction and Washington, where it served for thirty days. Arrived at Annapolis April 22d, and at Washington the 25th, and was mustered into the United States service April 27th. The regiment crossed the Potomac with the first troops that entered Virginia, when Alexandria and Arlington Heights were occupied, and labored with the New Jersey brigade in the construction of 'Fort Runyon'. The Seventh remained on duty at and in the vicinity of Washington until the 31st of May, when it returned to New York.' According to the Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission, when Lincoln called for volunteers in the spring of 1861, the 8th Massachusetts Militia (The Minute Men), including the Salem Zouaves, were among the first units to respond. They left for Annapolis, Maryland, on April 18, to guard the frigate U.S.S. Constitution until it was safely removed to New York Harbor. The 8th Massachusetts Infantry reached Annapolis on April 21. Colonel Benjamin F. Butler forwarded the 8th Massachusetts and the 7th New York Infantry regiments to Washington.
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United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military lifeUnited States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1864)United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1863)Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865Annapolis (Md.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865Washington (D.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865TentsNightCampfiresSoldiersMilitary campsTrees
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