This transcript of Shaw’s General Order No. 1 details the daily routine of the regiment in training. Some capitalization and punctuation has been changed to make the letters easier to read. Some illegible words have been omitted.
MA 54TH REGIMENT DOCUMENT TRANSCRIPTION
M1659 ROLL 2 RECORDS OF THE 54TH MASS INF. REGT. (COLORED) 1863-1865
Head Quarters 54th Regt Mass Vols
Camp Meigs Readville – March 5th 1863
General Order No 1
All company officers will be present at Reveille Roll Call. At other Roll Calls one commissioned officer will always be present and see that the men stand at attention while in the ranks.
After Reveille the men will hang their bedding out to be aired. Thee floors will be swept at 7 1⁄2 o’clock, the bedding will be taken in everything put in order in the quarters. A commissioned officer from each company will see this done.
The drills for the present will be in dyads only, particular attention should be paid to the soldierly bearing of the new and their steadiness in the ranks as it is easier to form good habits in the beginning than to correct bad ones later.
At guard mounting and retreat the men will always appear with clothes and shoes clean. Equipments and pieces in proper condition.
A commissioned officer from each company will visit the men’s quarters after taps, see that all lights are put out and that there is no talking or notice in the camp after that hour.
The following officers have been temporarily assigned to these companies forming in camp.
By command Robert G. Shaw
Capn Comdg 54th Regt Mass Infr Louis D. A. Partridge
Robert G. Shaw, General Order No. 1 (March 5, 1863). M1659 Roll 2, Records of the 54th Mass Inf. Regt. (Colored) 1863-1865. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
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