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[462] the exterior defences of Baltimore, and were stationed at ‘Camp Bradford,’ where they were employed in patrol and guard duty, remaining till July 6.

The brigade was ordered to occupy and hold Maryland Heights, and arrived there July 7; remaining on picket duty on the Sharpsburg road until the 11th, when, with the rest of General Briggs's brigade, it was ordered to join the main Army of the Potomac. It joined the First Corps, and remained, momentarily expecting offensive or defensive movements, until the day that the Army of the Potomac crossed the river at Berlin, when orders unexpectedly came to proceed to Massachusetts, there to be mustered out. It reached Springfield on the 21st of July, when it was mustered out of service by Captain Gardner.

The Forty-seventh Regiment was in the Department of the Gulf. It arrived at New Orleans, and reported to General Banks Jan. 1, 1863; was then referred to General Auger, who gave orders to proceed to Carrollton, and report to General Sherman.

The regiment was ordered, Jan. 11, to the United-States barracks, to relieve the Thirtieth Massachusetts; and the colonel was put in command of the post.

Feb. 4.—It was ordered to the Louisiana Cotton Press, and one company detached for provost duty at Thibodeux.

Lieutenant-Colonel Stickney, who had distinguished himself in two engagements at Thibodeux, and Major Cushman, were detailed for special duty. The latter had an important position upon the Sequestration Committee, where his legal ability and business qualification made him eminently useful to the Government.

March 12.—The regiment was ordered to the Metaire Racecourse, the most unhealthy spot in all the South. The colonel was in command of the post; and it soon gained a most excellent reputation for discipline and drill, remaining there ten weeks without a guard to keep the men inside the lines.

May 19.—It was ordered to ‘Camp Parapet,’ to relieve General Dorr, and the colonel to take command of the United-States forces at that place, and its defences. The colonel recruited a company of colored men to be used in the swamps,

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