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Encampment of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Light Infantry at Newtonville, Mass., 1852

Newton Free Library

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The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural, and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community. Presented here is a copy of an engraving of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Light Infantry under the direction of Colonel Charles L. Holbrook which held their annual camp duty in 1852 in a lot north of the Newtonville railroad depot. The image appeared in Gleason's Pictorial and shows tents, soldiers, and spectators.

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