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Infantry on the Gettysburg battlefield
The 22nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was an infantry
regiment in the Union army during the American Civil War. The 22nd
Massachusetts was organized by Senator Henry Wilson and was therefore
known as "Henry Wilson's Regiment". It was formed in Boston,
Massachusetts and established on September 28, 1861 for a term of three
years. It became part of the Army of the Potomac, with which it would
be associated for its entire term of service. The regiment saw its
first action during the Siege of Yorktown in April 1862. It was
involved in the Peninsular Campaign, particularly the Battle of Gaines'
Mill during which it suffered its worst casualties of the war. The 22nd
Massachusetts was present for virtually all of the major battles in
which the Army of the Potomac fought, including the Second Battle of
Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the
Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Gettysburg and Lt. Gen.
Ulysses Grant's Overland Campaign. During the Siege of Petersburg in
October 1864, the 22nd Massachusetts was removed from the lines and
sent home to Massachusetts. (more...)
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his
virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of
the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to
ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet
never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to
have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be
discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He
knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes
manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.