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Union soldiers at Federal Hill,Maryland.

These Union soldiers at Federal Hill, Maryland, in 1862, are the Gun Squad of the Fifth Company in New York's representative ‘Seventh’ regiment. Sergeant-Major Rathbone is handing an order to Captain Spaight. Personally, the invaders were far from ‘despots,’ as Southerners soon ascertained. In the picture below are veterans of this same ‘Seventh’ regiment, as they appeared seventeen years later in a different role—hosts and escorts of the Gate City Guard. In 1861, this had been the first body of troops to enter Confederate service from Atlanta. In 1879, its neighborly call upon New York City was met by one courtesy after another, under the auspices of the ‘Seventh.’ The New York sun said: ‘The visit among us of the Gate City Guard will do more to bring about an understanding between North and South than the legislation of a century.’ Other newspapers commented on the event in a similar cordial spirit of friendship.

‘The despot's heel is on thy shore’: the New York ‘seventh’ in Maryland

Veterans of the New York ‘seventh’ in 1879


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