no provision for their shelter, as they were ordered away soon after reporting for duty.
Faneuil Hall furnished quarters for a part of them one night.
The First Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry quartered for a week in Faneuil Hall; but, this not being a suitable place for so large a body of men to remain, “on the first day of June the regiment marched out to Cambridge
, and took possession of an old ice-house on the borders of Fresh Pond
, which had been procured by the State
authorities and partially fitted up for barracks, and
Readville (Mass.) Barracks.: from a Photograph.|
established their first camp.”
But this was not the first camp established in the State
, for three years troops had already been ordered into camp on Long Island
and at Fort Warren
Owing to the unhealthiness of the location selected for the First Regiment, their stay in it was brief, and a removal was soon had to North Cambridge, where, on a well-chosen site, some new barracks had been built, and, in honor of President Lincoln
's Secretary of War
, had been named “Camp Cameron.”
Barracks then, it will be observed, served to shelter some of the troops.
To such as are not familiar with these structures, I will simply say that they were generally a long onestoried