Category Archives: New York Cameron Highlanders

The Union cartridge box

P. Jewell & Sons, makers of U.S. Army Pattern 1857 Cartridge Boxes. The kind probably worn by the Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts and the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlands who defended the Northwest Bastion of Fort Sanders.

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Arise! Equip!

The Seventy-Ninth, which defended the fort’s Northwest Bastion, was a pre-war militia unit which had specialized in putting down labor riots and other public disturbances. Good music.

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First blooding of the Highlanders

Long before they successfully defended Fort Sanders’s Northwest Bastion, the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders was decimated on the slope of Henry Hill at 1st Bull Run, where their first colonel, James Cameron, was killed by a bullet in his … Continue reading

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Highlanders march

The Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders marched through NYC on their way to the cars and thence to Baltimore, Washington City and a rude and deadly introduction to war at First Manassas. They would have to wait until Knoxville in … Continue reading

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Pipes and drums for the Highlanders

Stirring new “Kilted Warriors” CD available here (with excerpts) of period music associated with the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders who defended the critical Northwest Bastion at Fort Sanders. The Seventy-Ninth took no pipers and drums into battle (as the … Continue reading

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Brig. Gen. Isaac Stevens

Brig. Gen. Isaac Stevens, ex-Congressman from Washington, West Pointer, Mexican War veteran and Indian fighter whom Gen. McClellan appointed commanding officer of the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders after the death of their elected commander at First Manassas/Bull Run. He’s … Continue reading

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The banquette tread

All of the surfaces and angles of a Civil War-era fortress had names and this diagram will help you figure them out. Including the “banquette tread” (C) upon which the defenders of Fort Sanders’s key Northwest bastion sat (or slept) … Continue reading

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One Hundredth Pennsylvania

Longtime war comrades of the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders, the Hundredth Pennsylvania infantry helped defend Fort Sanders, even if their flag embroiderer couldn’t spell it. They called themselves “The Roundheads,” an apparent allusion to the English Civil War, in … Continue reading

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