Camp of the 37th Mass. Vol's. Near Brandy Station Va.

Camp of the 37th Mass. Vol's. Near Brandy Station Va.

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This color print depicts the 37th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry at camp in an open field near Brandy Station, Virginia. On the right, some men are being drilled while those on the left have time to relax. They are shown playing cards, smoking, conversing, playing leapfrog, and taking part in a ball game, possibly cricket. In the background are seventeen rows of log cabins and in the far right background is a plantation house set in a grove of trees.
Although this print makes camp life away from the fighting seem idyllic, an 1884 history of the 37th Massachusetts reveals that the men were actually uncomfortable during their time at Brandy Station, since they were exposed to the cold winds of early winter and firewood was difficult to obtain.
This print was published by the lithographer John Henry Bufford. The son of a sign painter and gilder, Bufford trained with Pendleton's Lithography in Boston, 1829-1831. He worked in New York with George Endicott and Nathaniel Currier (1835-1839) before returning to Boston where he had a good reputation for printing and publishing popular framing prints, commercial work, labels, and trade cards. The company went through several iterations and name changes until about 1865. He became the chief artist for Benjamin Thayer until buying out the firm to found J. H. Bufford & Co. (1844-1851). He continued to work in the lithography and publishing business for the remainder of his life. In 1865, his sons Frank and Henry John became partners in Bufford & Sons or J.H. Bufford’s Sons Litho. Co. After his death they continued the family business as Bufford Brothers and as Bufford Sons Engraving & Lithographing Company until 1911.
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Object Type
Date made
J. H. Bufford and Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
image: 10 1/2 in x 16 1/4 in; 26.67 cm x 41.275 cm
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Uniforms, Military
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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I have relic hunted the 1863-64 winter camp of the 37th Mass Vols at Brandy Station, VA. It is uncanny how accurate this lithograph is as far as location of the camp (based on landmarks I know). It is located on Beauregard Farm at Brandy Station, VA. I have numerous artifacts from the camp to include an ID tag of Albert E. Kellogg, Co. F., 37th Mass Vols from the camp. Albert was a drummer boy.

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