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Gloucester Artillery Journal

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2008-076

Scope and Content

The Gloucester Artillery Journal is a handwritten record of a Massachusetts militia's four‚Äźday tour of camp duty in 1845. Activities documented by assistant clerk Charles P. Presson include, but are not limited to: arms exercises, train rides, concerts, dress parades, and military inspections. Other noted Massachusetts militias are the Lynn Artillery, the Lynn Light Infantry, the Lynn Mechanic's Rifle Company, and the Marblehead Light Infantry. Mentioned geographic locations within Massachusetts consist of Gloucester, Lynn, Beverly, and Ipswich. Noted officers include: General Oliver, Brigadier General Sutton, Sergeant Elwell, Colonel Bowler, Captain Gale, Lieutenant Staten, and Lieutenant Center.

Dates

  • 1845

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Historical Note

Following the American Revolution, the newly created Massachusetts Constitution asserted the need for a state militia. The Gloucester Artillery was organized in 1788 and held yearly "general training" sessions. These sessions involved great pomp and circumstance in which militiamen paraded through streets, visited neighboring towns, conducted public arms exercises, and enjoyed food and entertainment. The Gloucester Artillery disbanded in 1849, reformed in 1852, and eventually was renamed the American Guard in 1855.

In the nineteenth century, Lynn, Massachusetts, supported three militia companies: the Lynn Artillery, the Lynn Light Infantry, and the Lynn Mechanic's Rifle Company. As a result of partisan tensions, the local Republican Party formed the Lynn Artillery in 1808.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection contains a journal of events occurring during the Gloucester, Massachusetts Artillery's tour of camp duty in 1845.

Source of Acquisition

The Gloucester Artillery Journal was purchased by Special Collections.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Gloucester Artillery Journal by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Gloucester Artillery Journal commenced and was completed in September 2008.

Title
Gloucester Artillery Journal, 1845
Status
Completed
Author
Emily Cook, Student Assistant
Date
2008 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308