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The Nineteenth regimental Band

The 19th band comes to Camp Cameron.

My research on this group is in its early stages. In looking through some old Boston Globes I found a reference that makes it seem likely that at least the band and maybe some members of Company "K" spent some time at Camp Cameron. In a July 27, 1902 article on the life of Henry Grant Weston, as both a soldier and a muscian, it is stated that he was mustered in at Camp Cameron on Sept. 17, 1861 and left for the front with CO "K" on Sept. 23. In the Massachusetts Register #94, it is stated that the regiment was recruited at Camp Schouler, Lynnfield. I can find no reference to it moving or any of the companies forming at other camps, as happened with some of the regiments that went through Cameron. "History of the Nineteenth Regiments" adds "The regimental band of 24 pieces, under bandmaster John A. Spofford, and a squad of recruits under Lieut. Bishop, of Company K, reached Camp Benton on September 27, 1861." This confirms that the band followed the regiment and pieces of CO "K" did also. I do not yet know how many men of CO "K" traveled with the band or if they spent time at Camp Cameron. I also do not know yet when the band arrived. 

This does show the possibility of a trend. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the Eleventh's Band remained behind at Camp Cameron for furthur recruiting and training. The band of the Ninth went to Camp Cameron after the regiment went to the front. Now we have information that indicates the Nineteenth's band also spent time at Cameron after its regiment left the state. Does thi mean that Camp Cameron was a gathering place for bands? 

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Paul Weston July 04, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Interesting article. Henry Grant Weston was my great great grandfather. According to his own words, in 1861 he listed and was part of the band of the 19th Mass Regiment. He was discharged after contracting malaria. In 1862, he relisted with the Company G, Woburn Mechanix Phlanx, 5th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry. He was mustered out of service in July 1863. he relisted again with Gilmore's celebrated band of Boston, which was attached to First Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomic under Gen Francis Barlow. It is interesting that you bring up Somerville in relation to my family. According our records, HGW's father, Henry Weston(no middle name) lived in Somerville(I believe the Teele SQ area).
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