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Article on the New York 79th Regiment (Cameron Highlanders)
from The Washington Star
June 4, 1861

THE NEW YORK SEVENTY-NINTH REGIMENT (Highlanders) arrived here about two o'clock this morning.  They numbered eight hundred men, exclusive of their band and drum corps, the former consisting of sixteen performers, and the latter of twenty drummers.  About one third of the members wear the full Highland uniform, the remainder being dressed in blue jackets trimmed with red, dark green plaid pants, and blue fatigue cap.  As the Regiment passed through Baltimore the crowd of spectators which lined the streets was so great that the utmost exertions of the police were required to keep sufficient space through which to let the soldiers pass.  The crowd manifested intense enthusiasm, and cheer after cheer of welcome was given heartily for the representatives of Old Scotch.  While in the depot at the Camden station, national airs were sung, in which soldiers and spectators joined, and repeated and wild cheers were given for the Union, Gen. Scott, and the Highlanders.

Editor's Notes:  At the call of the U.S. government for volunteers in 1861 Sir Roderick William Cameron and other prominent Scottish-Americans in New York City organized the 79th regiment, which would be known as the "Cameron Highlanders."  The regiment was recruited out of the Scottish neighborhoods of New York and also contained former British Crimean War veterans.  By May of this same year crowds lined the streets of New York City to bid adieu to the kilted regiment.  After a few speeches were given Sir Roderick's wife presented the regiment with a banner blazoned with Scotland's traditional flag, the St. Andrew's Cross.  With the signal given the regiment's bagpipers began playing "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" and the 1,000 soldiers marched off toward war.