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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., Second Brigade, First Division, Massachusetts (Volunteer) Militia, was appointed colonel, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, at Parker House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the evening 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, in the evening 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, in the evening on 1 May, 1861, and Major G F Tileston, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, and Captain P D Tripp, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company C, were appointed lieutenant colonel and major, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, respectively, on 11 October, 1861.

Company A: CAPT. M MOORE
The company was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the evening on 25 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 7 May, 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, and Captain M Moore, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company A, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 28th Massachusetts Infantry, on 28 October, 1861 (See the 1st United States Artillery, Light Company G).
Company B Paul Revere Guards: CAPT. J H DAVIS
The company was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the evening on 25 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 11 May, 1861. The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, 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 accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the evening on 26 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 7 May, 1861. Captain P D Tripp, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company C, was appointed major, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, on 11 October, 1861.
Company D: CAPT. J W BUTTERS
The company was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 26 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 7 May, 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 accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 26 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 11 May, 1861.
Company F: CAPT. L Gordon
The company was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 27 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 7 May, 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 accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 30 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 11 May, 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, and Captain W C Allen, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company G, was captured at the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.
Company H Sanford Light Guards: CAPT. S PAGE
The company was accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 30 April, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 7 May, 1861.
Company I Bunker Hill Volunteers: CAPT. B F Wright
The company was accepted in state service at Charlestown District, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 14 May, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, 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 accepted in state service at Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in the evening on 9 May, 1861, and arrived at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 27 May, 1861. Captain B Stone, Jr., 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was too ill for duty and was assigned to command a detachment of ten men from each company of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry at Camp Wilson, near Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, near Alexandria, Virginia, on 16 July, 1861. First Lieutenant W V Monroe, 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was assigned to command the company during the first battle of Bull Run on 21 July, 1861.

Sources

"Two of the companies held elections, and the following officers were chosen: Captain, J. R. Bigelow; First Lieut., Walker Clark; 2d Lieut., Wm. E. Farwell; 3d Lieut., Wm. H. Summer; 4th Lieut., Edward Knight. Captain, John W. Butters; 1st Lieut., Malcolm Graham; 2d Lieut., Charles H. Deloid; 3d Lieut., Charles C. Rivers; 4th Lieut., Charles A. Kimbell."

The Boston Herald, 27 April, 1861 - Company elections

"An election was held Saturday evening in the company by Capt. Leonard Gordon, and the following officers were elected: Captain, Leonard Gordon; 1st Lieut., R. C. Kennedy; 2d do., S. P. Carrier; 3d do., T. M. Sleeper; 4th do., John J. Metzer."

The Boston Herald, 29 April, 1861 - Military elections

"Orders have been issued from Headquarters for four companies of the 11th Regiment to proceed to Fort Warren this afternoon, and they will accordingly leave the city at 4 o'clock."

The Boston Herald, 7 May, 1861 - Col. Clark's Regiment, a most worthy example

"At a meeting of the Company of Infantry recruited by Benjamin Stone, Jr., held at Dorchester last evening, Major Henry C. Brooks presiding, the following officers were elected: Captain, Benjamin Stone, Jr.; First Lieutenant, William V. Monroe, Second Lieutenant, John T. Swett; Third Lieutenant, George W. Lucas; Fourth Lieutenant, Nathaniel Clark."

The Boston Evening Transcript, 9 May, 1861 - Military election

"Four more companies of the 11th Regiment, (Col. Clark's,) commanded by Captains Bigelow, Gordon, Davis and Allen, went down to Fort Warren, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, un the steamer Nantasket. There are now 21 companies, numbering nearly 1600 men, garrisoned at this Fort."

The Boston Herald, 11 May, 1861 - Departure of more companies for Fort Warren

"The Bunker Hill Volunteers, Capt. Wright, recently attached to the Eleventh Regiment, will go down to Fort Warren this afternoon."

The Boston Herald, 14 May, 1861 - More troops going down the harbour

"The Charlestown Company, Capt. Benj. F. Wright, joined Col. Clark's regiment, at Long Island, yesterday."

The Boston Traveler, 15 May, 1861 - Troops at Long Island

"Captain Stone's Light Infantry Company, has been attached to Col. Clark's regiment (the Eleventh) at Fort Warren, and will march into Boston today to proceed to the Fort."

The Boston Daily Advertiser, 27 May, 1861 - Sunday at the Forts

"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 and B, were accepted in state service at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, under the command of Brigade Major G Clark, Jr., Second Brigade, First Division, Massachusetts (Volunteer) Militia, on 25 April, 1861; Companies C, D, and E, on 26 April, 1861; Company F on 27 April, 1861; Companies G and H on 30 April, 1861; Company K on 9 May, 1861; and Company I on 14 May, 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, C, D, & H, 7 May, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Companies A, C, D, and H, under the command of Major G F Tileston, were ordered to proceed by the steam tug May Queen at Union Wharf, on Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, by Special Orders No.137, Headquarters, First Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at 4 PM on 7 May, 1861, dated 6 May, 1861.

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, Companies B, E, F, & G, 11 May, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Companies B, E, F, and G, were ordered to proceed by the steamer Nantasket to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, by Special Orders No.158, Headquarters, First Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at 2 PM on 11 May, 1861, dated 9 May, 1861.

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, Companiy I, 14 May, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company I, was ordered to proceed by steam tug to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, in the afternoon on 14 May, 1861.

Note: The Bunker Hill Volunteers was stationed at Howland's building, on Front Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 29 April, 1861.

Dorchester District, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, Company K, 27 May, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry, Company K, was ordered to proceed by steam tug at Lewis Wharf, on Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, at 12.30 PM 27 May, 1861.

Note: The 2nd Massachusetts Battalion Infantry, First Brigade, First Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, under the command of Major R W Newton, was assigned to garrison duty at Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbour, between 29 April, 1861, and 21 May, 1861.

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 New York City, New York County, 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 the steamer Bay State on the North or Hudson River at Pier No.2, on West Street, New York City, New York County, New York, at 10 AM on 30 June, 1861.

Note: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was stationed at The Park barracks, opposite City Hall, on Broadway and Park Row, New York City, New York County, New York, on 30 June, 1861.

The Park barracks, opposite City Hall, on Broadway & Park Row, New York City, New York County, New York, to Washington, D. C., 30 June-2 July, 1861: The 11th Massachusetts Infantry was ordered to proceed by the steamer Kill von Kull on the North or Hudson River to Elizabethport, Union County, New Jersey, at 5 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 5 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 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.

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