6:00 pm

Michael S. Murphy – “Webster’s Regiment: 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment”

In 1861, approximately 1000 men from Massachusetts answered the call from their country and marched off to war to keep the Union together. The 12th Massachusetts fought in just about every major battle in the Eastern Theater of Operations against the Army of Northern Virginia.  The 12th Massachusetts suffered more than any regiment, but continued to demonstrate their honor and bravery right up to when they were pulled off the front lines in 1864. The 12th was led by two citizen soldiers, Fletcher Webster, son of Daniel Webster and James L. Bates, who led the regiment after Fletcher was killed in his first action.