Those decorative arches marking the entrance to tree-lined company streets are a nice touch.
You read sometimes of regiments, told they would remain there for the winter working days to set up winter quarters, usually with log walls and wooden floors for the tents, and chimneys added to at least the officers' tents ... and two days later being told to pack up and march away in the morning. That happened to the 33rd Mass three times during the winter of '62-3.
From "History of Herkimer County, New York" by F.W. Beers & Co., New York. 1879
The forty-fourth regiment of infantry - "People's Elsworth Regiment," or "Ellsworth Avengers" - was organized at Albany early in the autumn of 1861, under the auspices of the "Ellsworth Association for the State of New York." This association was formed in Albany on May 25th, the day succeeding the assassination of the gallant man it sought to honor. Its object was to raise a State memorial regiment, composed of men unmarried, able-bodied and not under five feet eight inches in height, not over thirty years of age, of military experience and good moral character. Its original plan was to secure, through committees, in every town and ward in the State one soldier representative and the means by dollar subscriptions to arm and equip him. Subsequently the $100 subscription required for each representative was reduced to $20, and more than one enlistment was allowed to various towns and wards. In response to the call Albany and Erie counties furnished two companies, Herkimer county nearly one, and almost every other county furnished some men.
These men well fulfilled the requirements fixed. The average age of rank and file was twenty-two years; average height five feet ten and one half inches, and more than four hundred averaged six feet. Perhaps no regiment that entered the service was composed of men of higher character, intelligence, temperance and morality. They were chosen as representative men, and they bore themselves as representative men.
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