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20412 Richard Barrett 47th Mass  A nice full standing view of Barrett showing not
only his sword and sash but also his kepi with the number 47 plainly visible.  Back
marked Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston.  $125

Residence Concord MA; a 44 year-old Lumber Dealer.

Enlisted on 3/26/1862 as a Captain.

On 10/15/1862 he was commissioned into "G" Co. MA 47th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 9/1/1863 at Readville, MA

Other Information:
Member of GAR Post # 180 (Old Concord) in Concord, MA
died 2/11/1887 in Concord, MA

The 47th Regt. Mass. Vol. Mill, the Merchant's Guard
Regiment, was raised largely through the efforts of Mr. Lucius
B. Marsh, a merchant of Boston, who became its colonel.  The
regiment was organized at Camp Stanton, Boxford, in September
and October, 1862.  The companies were mustered into the United
States service on various dates between Sept. 19 and Oct. 31,
and the field and staff on Nov. 7.  The regiment was
transferred to Camp Meigs, Readville, Nov. 11, where its
organization and equipment was completed.  Both at Boxford and
at Readville it suffered considerably from desertions, but this
resulted largely in the weeding out of undesirable material and
thus improving the general character of the command.

The regiment was ordered to New York, Nov. 29, where the
Banks expedition was being organized.  It remained in camp on
Long Island until Dec. 21, when it embarked on the steamer
MISSISSIPPI bound for New Orleans, arriving on the 31st. From
Jan. 1 to 11, the regiment was at Camp Kearney, Carrollton. On
Jan. 11, it was transferred to United States Barracks in lower
New Orleans.  From here, on the following day, it proceeded to
the Louisiana Lower Cotton Press, returning to the city on the
14th.  United States Barracks was an important post which
commanded the lower part of the city.  Near it was a large
contraband camp, a hospital, and a recruiting station.  Several
of the companies were here detached and assigned to special

From Feb. 14 to Mar. 12, the regiment was again on duty at
the Louisiana Lower Cotton Press.  On the latter date the
detached companies, except Co. "B ", were recalled, and the
regiment was sent to Metaire Race Course, which was situated on
a ridge surrounded by stagnant pools just above the city.  Colonel
Marsh was placed in command of the post which was garrisoned by
the 47th Mass., the 1st Vt., and 26th N.Y. Infantry Regiments, and
for a part of the time by the 12th and 13th Mass. Batteries.  The
Race Course was a very beautiful but unhealthy spot.  During its
stay here the regiment gained an excellent reputation for drill
and discipline.  Companies "D" and "H" were twice sent across Lake
Ponchartrain where they captured a steamboat, a schooner, and a
large amount of cotton.

After about ten weeks stay at Metaire Race Course, on May
19 the regiment was sent to "Camp Parapet" about two miles up
the Mississippi River, Colonel Marsh being assigned to the
command of this post.  Here was stationed a considerable force
of infantry, cavalry, and artillery including a part of the 42d
Regt. Mass. Inf. and the 12th and 13th Mass. Batteries.  At
"Camp Parapet" a company of colored men was recruited to be
employed in the swamps.  This later became the nucleus of the
2d Regt. La. Engineers, a regiment which was officered very
largely by members of the 47th Regiment.

On August 5, 1863, the 47th embarked on the steamer
CONTINENTAL at Carrollton and proceeded up the Mississippi to
Cairo, Ill., where it arrived August 13 and there entrained for
Boston, Mass. Reaching that city August 18, it was received by
the mayor and a large concourse of citizens.  Although the
regiment had never been in action, it had performed the duties
assigned to it in a most worthy and acceptable manner.  
Twenty-four of its members had died of disease and one had been
killed by guerrillas.  After its reception in Boston, the men
were furloughed for thirteen days at the close of which period,
on Sept 1, they reassembled at Readville and were mustered out
of the United States service.

Source:  Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in the Civil War
Barrett post-war photo
from HDS