22ndMass / USSC Boston Branch
"Here's a yellow sash for six feet of Virginia soil..."
Captain John F. Dunning, 22nd MVI, Co. D
The original 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry served in the tumult of the American Civil War with distinction and honor, participating in some of the most titanic clashes of the conflict, including the Seven Days, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. Of the 1100 men to leave their homes across the state, only 125 returned home at the end of their term of service on October 1 1864. It is in the honor of these veterans who survived the war and their comrades who fell in defense of the Union that we carry on the name of the 22nd Massachusetts.
We are a family-oriented living history group dedicated to a faithful portrayal of the common Union infantryman, with a specialty in representing the soldiers of the 22nd Massachusetts, Company D-- the 'Everett Guard.' Our civilian component specializes in portraying the United States Sanitary Commission. Many individual members have various offshoot interests, including local history specialists, biographies, in-depth research, period music, vintage baseball and the like.
The 22nd Massachusetts membership comes from all walks of life and hail from across the North East. Our members partake in all genres of events from mainstream to campaigner style, allowing us to offer the re-enacting experience each member chooses to follow. Individual members make themselves available to speak at schools, Civil War Roundtables, and historical societies.
We welcome those with an interest in living history, education, and the American Civil War to join our ranks. We participate in battle re-enactment scenarios, parades, living histories, public education and preservation efforts, each sharing equal importance within the scope of our mission. As a Civil War reenacting unit, we pride ourselves on authentic, period-appropriate, drill, dress, and impressions.