“The ORDERLY BOOK- History of the Guards, Grays & Blues, 1846”


History covering the Connecticut 2nd Regiment Infantry and 3rd Battalion Light Artillery.

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“The ORDERLY BOOK; A History Of The GUARDS, GRAYS AND BLUES, From Their First Organization To The Present Time, With A Notice Of The CADETS AND OTHER VOLUNTEER CORPS, And A List Of The FIELD AND STAFF OFFICERS Of The SECOND REGIMENT INFANTRY AND THIRD BATTALION LIGHT ARTILLERY.” By Offin G. Wilson.  New Haven: J.H. Benham, Printer, 55 Orange St. 1846. Printed light blue paper wraps, 60 pages.

The Guards were formed in 1774, and there is a list of the original members, and a brief history of notable days leading up to the news of the Battle of Lexington and the march to Cambridge, Mass.; and containing some brief biographical sketches of early members. Some information about Revolutionary battles,the capture of Major Andre, etc.

Into the late 18th and early 19th, small notes on uniforms, those with long hair wearing it up in formation to conform to those wearing their hair short, some accounts from the War of 1812.

A list of officers from 1774 to 1846, with the breakdown by rank for the Guards.


The New Haven Grays were formed in 1816. This section covers some notable occurrences, and various excursions to Long Island, Newark, NJ,  New York City, etc., and mention of other visiting units. Ending with a list of their officers from 1816 to 1846.


The National Blues, formed in 1828. A similar history of certain events, excursions, mentions of other units in and out of the state, and a list of officers from 1828 to 1846.

Additional information provided for the  New Haven Cadets, The “Matross” Company, 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guards, The LaFayette Volunteers, and finally, brief information for the 3rd Battalion of Light Artillery formed in 1816; with a list of the officers; field and staff officer along with adjutants, quartermasters, and pay masters.


The cover is printed with a elaborate border. Condition overall is good with cover wear, light soiling etc, Some light foxing overall throughout, but a respectable copy, and a good little reference.

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Weight .5 lbs