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First Brigade, Third Division

Lieutenant Colonel W Blaisdell, 11th Massachusetts Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel W Blaisdell, 11th Massachusetts Infantry

Eleventh Massachusetts Infantry

Mustered in United States service for three years 13 June, 1861. Arrived at Washington, D. C., 2 July, 1861

COLONEL G CLARK, JR.
Brigade Major G Clark, Jr., Massachusetts (Militia) Volunteers, was appointed colonel, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, at Parker House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 1 May, 1861, and was discharged on 11 October, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL W BLAISDELL
W Blaisdell was appointed lieutenant colonel, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, at Parker House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 1 May, 1861, and colonel on 11 October, 1861.

MAJOR G F TILESTON
G F Tileston was appointed major, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, at Parker House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 1 May, 1861, and lieutenant colonel on 11 October, 1861. Captain P D Tripp, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company C, was appointed major, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, the same day.

Company A: CAPT. M MOORE
The company was organised at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service between 26 and 27 April, 1861. The company was assigned as escort to a section of the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G, under the command of Captain J H Davis, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company B, at 4 PM on 16 July, 1861 (See the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G). Captain M Moore was appointed lieutenant colonel, 28th Massachusetts Infantry, on 28 October, 1861.
Company B Paul Revere Guards: CAPT. J H DAVIS
The company was organised at No.169 Hanover Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, between 26 and 27 April, 1861. Companies A and G were assigned as escort to a section of the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G, under the command of Captain J H Davis, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company B, at 4 PM on 16 July, 1861.
Company C Clark Light Guards: CAPT. P D TRIPP
The company was organised at Hanover Street, on the corner of Elm Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, between 26 and 27 April, 1861. Captain P D Tripp, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company C, was appointed major, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, on 11 October, 861.
Company D: CAPT. J W BUTTERS
The company was organised at Everett Association Hall, No.169 Hanover Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 15 and 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, between 26 and 27 April, 1861. Captain J W Butters, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company D, was discharged on 13 September, 1861.
Company E Boston Light Guards: CAPT. J R BIGELOW
The company was organised at 179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service between 26 and 27 April, 1861.
Company F: CAPT. L Gordon
The company was organised at No.11 Charlestown Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, between 26 and 27 April, 1861. Captain L Gordon, 11th Massachusetts Infantrty, Company F, was captured at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company G: CAPT. W C ALLEN
The company was organised at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 30 April, 1861. The company was assigned as escort to a section of the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G, under the command of Captain J H Davis, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company B, at 4 PM on 16 July, 1861. Captain W C Allen was captured at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company H Sanford Light Guard: CAPT. S PAGE
The company was organised at No.16 Howard Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 16 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 30 April, 1861.
Company I Bunker Hill Volunteers: CAPT. B F Wright
The company was accepted in state service at Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 14 May, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Boston Harbour, on 17 May, 1861. Captain B F Wright, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company I, was discharged on 28 November, 1861.
Company K: CAPT. B Stone, Jr.
The company was organised at Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 18 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service on 27 May, 1861. The company arrived at Fort Warren, Boston Harbour, the same day and Captain B Stone, Jr., 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was too ill for duty on 16 July, 1861. He was assigned to command ten men from each company of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry at Camp Wilson, near Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, Virginia, the same day and First Lieutenant W V Monroe, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was assigned to command the company at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.

Sources

"At noon yesterday, the elenenth Massachusetts regiment reached this city, and immediately proceeded to the quarters prepared for them on Pennsylvania avenue. The regiment numbers 950 fine-looking, able-bodied men, and is accompanied to this city by Gilmore's celebrated brass band from Salem."

The National Republican, 3 July, 1861 - The arrival of the Eleventh Massachusetts Regiment

"We were dressed in our new grey uniforms, which had been sent us by the State committee, and which we were forced to pay for, despite our protest. The delusive colour cost us dearly at the first battle of Bull Run, one of our own regiments opened fire upon us, mistaking us for Confederates, and several lives were sacrifies."

A narrative of the formation and services of the Eleventh Massachusetts Volunteers, from 15 April, 1861, to 14 July, 1865, by Gustavus B Hutchinson

"When the regiment arrived at the road leading to Fairfax, Companies A and G were left, under the command of Capt. Davis, to escort a detachment having in charge a thirty-pound Parrott gun, which, on account of the bad road, they were unable to bring up until the next morning."

The Union Army: A history of military affairs in the loyal states 1861-65, records of the regiments in the Union Army, cyclopedia of battles, memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume 1, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware

"The Eleventh numbers 1,048 officers and men. The principal event connected with their sojourn in Washington was the arrival of a new light blue uniform, complete, from Massachusetts, and a parade in it down the Avenue."

Massachusetts Register, 1862, containing a record of the Government and Institutions of the State, together with a very complete account of the Massachusetts Volunteers, Serial No.94, by Adams, Sampson & Co.

Notes

The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, and F, were accepted in state service at No.179 Court Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, under the command of Brigade Major G Clark, Jr., Massachusetts (Militia) Volunteers, between 26 and 28 April, 1861. on 16 April, 1861, and Companies G and H on 30 April, 1861.

Note: The 11th Massacusetts Infantry was ordered to rendezvous at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, under the call for 42,034 troops to serve three years by President A Lincoln on 3 May, 1861.

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, & H, 7 & 11 May, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Companies A, C, D, and H, were ordered to proceed by steamer to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, by Special Orders No.137, Headquarters, First Division, Massachusetts (Militia) Volunteers, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the afternoon on 7 May, 1861, dated 6 May, 1861, and Companies B, E, F, and G, by Special Orders No.158, Headquarters, First Division, Massachusetts (Militia) Volunteers, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 11 May, 1861.

Note: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company I, was accepted in state service at Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 14 May, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, on 17 May, 1861. Company K was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 27 May, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, the same day.

Mustered in three years, Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, 13 June, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was mustered in United States service for three years at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, by Captain L H Marshall, 10th United States Infantry, Company K, in the morning on 13 June, 1861.

Note: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was accepted in state service at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, on 22 May, 1861.

Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, to Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 17 June, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by steamer to Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 17 June, 1861, and arrived at Camp Cameron, near Cambridge, Middlesex County, via Winthrop Square, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the afternoon the same day.

Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to Manhattan (New York County), New York City, New York, 29-30 June, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Fitchburg Railroad to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at 2 PM on 29 June, 1861, and arrived in the afternoon the same day. The regiment was ordered to proceed by the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad to Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, at 7 PM on 29 June, 1861, and by steamer at Manhattan (New York County), New York City, New York, at 10 AM on 30 June, 1861.

Elizabethport, Union County, New Jersey, to Washington, D. C., 30 June-2 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by the steamer Kill von Kull across Arthur Kill to Elizabethport, Union County, New Jersey, at 4.40 PM on 30 June, 1861, and proceeded by the New Jersey Central Railroad to Washington, D. C., the same day. The regiment arrived by the Lebanon Valley Railroad at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, via Easton, Northampton County, and Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 1 July, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Northern Central Railroad to Baltimore City, Maryland, in the morning on 2 July, 1861. The 11th Massachusetts Infantry arrived at Baltimore City, Maryland, at 6 AM the same day and was ordered to proceed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to Washington, D. C., in the morning the same day. The regiment arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, at Washington, D. C., via Annapolis Junction, Howard County, Maryland, at 12 PM on 2 July, 1861.

White House lot, south of the White House, Washington, D. C., 2 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was stationed at Camp Sandford, near the White House lot, south of the White House, Washington, D. C., in the afternoon on 2 July, 1861.

General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, 8 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was assigned to the First Brigade, Third Division, McDowell's Army, under the command of Colonel W B Franklin, by General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 8 July, 1861.

White House lot, south of the White House, Washington, D. C., to Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, Virginia, 14 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered across the Potomac River by the steamers Baltimore and Philadelphia to Alexandria, Virginia, in the morning on 14 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Wilson, near Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, Virginia, the same day.

Advance to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 16-18 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Old Fairfax Road to Pohick Creek at 4 PM on 16 July, 1861, and Companies A and G, under the command of Captain J H Davis, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company B, were assigned as escort to a section of the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G, the same day (See the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G). The regiment was ordered across Accotink Creek on 16 July, 1861, and arrived near Pohick Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 3 AM on 17 July, 1861, and was ordered across Pohick Run at 5.30 AM the same day. The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Pohick Road to Sangster's Station, Prince William County, Virginia, on 17 July, 1861, and arrived via Sangster's or Elzey's Crossroads, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 3 PM the same day. The regiment was ordered to Little Rocky Run, east of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 5 PM on 18 July, 1861, and arrived by the Old Braddock Road at 9 PM the same day.

Note: A detachment of one hundred men of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry, under the command of Captain B Stone, Jr., 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was assigned to guard duty at Camp Wilson, near Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, Virginia, on 16 July, 1861,

Little Rocky Run, east of Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, to Sudley Ford, on the Bull Run River, 21 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to Sudley Ford, on the Bull Run River, at 2.30 AM on 21 July, 1861, and arrived via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 11 AM the same day.

Retreat to Washington, D. C., 21-22 July, 1861: After the first battle of Bull Run the 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 4 PM on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at Camp Wilson, near Fort Ellsworth, Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, via Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 22 July, 1861.

Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, 9 August, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to Camp Union, near Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, on 9 August, 1861.

Mustered out, Readville, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 24 June, 1864 & 13 July, 1865, dated 14 July, 1865: A detachment of forty-five veterans and recruits of the 1st Massachusetts Infantry was assigned to the 11th Massachusetts Infantry at Cold Harbor, near Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia, on 21 May, 1864, and the three years' men of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry (304), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel P D Tripp, were ordered to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the morning on 12 June, 1864. The three years' men arrived at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the morning on 21 June, 1861, and were mustered out at Boston Common, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 24 June, 1864. The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was consolidated as Companies B, C, D, E, and F, on 12 June, 1864, and the men of the 16th Massachusetts Infantry (101) not entitled to be mustered out were assigned to the 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Companies H and K, on 11 July, 1864. The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel T H Dunham, was mustered out at Washington, D. C., on 13 July, 1865, dated 14 July, 1865, and arrived at Readville, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 17 July, 1865.

Colonel W B Franklin, 12th United States Infantry, First Brigade, Third Division, McDowell's Army: Captain W B Franklin, United States Corps Topographical Engineers, was appointed superintending engineer in charge of the extension of the Capitol (including the new dome), and the General Post Office, Washington, D. C., between 1 November, 1859 and 3 March, 1861, and chief of the Construction Bureau, United States Treasury Department, and superintending engineer of the Treasury building extension between 3 March and 14 May, 1861 (See the United States Corps Topographical Engineers, Balloon Detachment). He was stationed at Albany, Albany County, New York, on 1 June, 1861, and was appointed colonel, 12th United States Infantry, by General Orders No.33, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 18 June, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Colonel W B Franklin, 12th United States Infantry, was appointed brigadier general, United States Volunteers, by General Orders No.62, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 20 August, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

Colonel S P Heintzelman, 17th United States Infantry, Third Division, McDowell's Army: Major S P Heintzelman, 1st United States Infantry, was ordered to Washington, D. C., by General Orders No.12, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 27 April, 1861, and proceeded by the New Jersey Railroad in the morning on 3 May, 1861. He arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, in the morning on 4 May, 1861, and was appointed acting inspector general, Department of Washington, by Special Orders No.20, Headquarters, Department of Washington, Washington, D. C., on 8 May, 1861. Acting Inspector General & Major S P Heintzelman was assigned to command the the 8th New York State Militia Infantry, the 12th New York State Militia Infantry, and the 25th New York State Militia Infantry by General Orders No.1, Paragraph III, Headquarters, Department of Notheastern Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, on 28 May, 1861, and was appointed colonel, 17th United States Infantry, by General Orders No.33, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 18 June, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861. Colonel S P Heintzelman, 17th United States Infantry, was appointed brigadier general, United States Volunteers, by General Orders No.62, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 20 August, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

Note: The 1st United States Infantry, Company A, was stationed at Camp Verde, on the San Antonio & El Paso Road, Kerr County, Texas, under the command of Major S P Heintzelman, 1st United States Infantry, on 1 January, 1861.

Organisation of Brigadier General J Hooker's brigade, Division of the Potomac, 4 August, 1861: Brigadier General J Hooker, United States Volunteers; 1st Massachusetts Infantry; 11th Massachusetts Infantry; 2nd New Hampshire Infantry; 26th Pennsylvania Infantry

Note: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was assigned to Brigadier General J Hooker's brigade, Division of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.10, Headquarters, Division of the Potomac, Washington, D. C., on 4 August, 1861.

Records

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.44: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, p408-410
Colonel W B Franklin, Twelfth United States Infantry, First Brigade, Third Division, McDowell's Army, dated 28 July, 1861

OFFICIAL REPORT NO.43: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), Chapter IX, p402-404
Colonel S P Heintzleman, Seventeenth United States Infantry, Third Division, McDowell's Army, dated Washington, D. C., 31 July, 1861