Sunday, August 5, 2012

On the March

Tuesday, August 5, 1862

The Twentieth Massachusetts struck camp at Harrison's Landing at seven o'clock this morning, receiving sudden orders on the previous day to march. General George McClellan had received communication from Washington that the Confederates were marching north, and President Lincoln ordered McClellan to strike camp and move northward toward the Potomac River to meet a potential invasion.1

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 140.

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