Arriving in Washington in October 1861, became part of the
Army of the Potomac, with which it would be associated for its entire term of service. The regiment saw its first action during the
Siege of Yorktown in April 1862. Their worst casualties in terms of percentages took place during the
Battle of Gettysburg(memorial pictured). The 22nd was especially proficient in
skirmish drill and was frequently deployed in that capacity throughout the war.
Black Francis (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) is a
Massachusetts-born singer, songwriter and
guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential
alternative rock band
Pixies, with whom he performs under the
stage name Black Francis. Following the band's breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with
4AD, he left the label and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics. He reformed the Pixies in 2004 and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist, having re-adopted his current stage name in 2007.
Massachusetts has played a significant historical, cultural, and commercial role in
Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower.
Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In 1692, the towns surrounding
Salem experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the
Salem Witch Trials. Originally dependent on fishing, agriculture, and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. In the 21st century, Massachusetts is a leader in higher education, health care technology, high technology, and
Largest self-reported ancestry groups in New England. Americans of Irish descent form a plurality in most of Massachusetts, while Americans of English descent form a plurality in much of the central parts of Vermont and New Hampshire as well as nearly all of Maine.