Louis N. Rosenthal published this lithograph of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry camped for three months outside of Frederick, Md. during the winter months of 1861-1862. They did not build “winter quarters” as the army would do later in the war, but lived under canvas and took the field again in the Shenandoah Valley at the end of February 1862.
This image is one of a group of 23 hand-colored lithographs of Union encampments produced by Rosenthal’s Lithograph of Philadelphia between 1861 and 1865. Armed with a pass that provided him full access to the camps of the Army of the Potomac, Max Rosenthal’s pencil sketches provided the basis for this encampment series, a subset from over 150 prints of Civil War battle and camp scenes published by the Rosenthal brothers.