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.

Object Number: 
1945.580.37
Date: 
22-25 April 1861
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink and wash on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 12 in. (21.6 x 30.5 cm)
Inscriptions: 
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 inscribed at left vertically: "On the Route from Annapolis to / Washington 8th Reg Mass and a portion / of 7th N.Y."
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection; see also 1945.580.53. 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." Taken from 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." 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 18 April, to guard the frigate U.S.S. Constitution until it was safely removed to New York Harbor. The 8th Massachusetts infantry reached Annapolis 21 April. Col. Benjamin F. Butler forwarded the 8th Massachusetts and the 7th New York Infantry regiments to Washington. They served a three-months period of enlistment until August 1861. Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group