ts ready for instant duty, should war be declared.
For the third time in the history of the United States, the nineteenth of April brought a call to arms.
Again the drums beat for recruits at the High street armory, and those who had heard it nearly forty years before felt like stopping their ears and fleeing from the sound, but the boys, sons and grandsons of the men of ‘61, were full of the same excitement as in the days of the Civil War. Ninety-two names were enrolled in one week.
April 29, came the disappointing news that the 5th was not needed, but on May 24, the regiment was ordered to Gloucester for an eight days tour of duty.
As it was not at all certain that the boys would be ordered back to Medford at its close, they were escorted to the cars by the citizens, High School Cadets, and Fire Department.
The week was no play-time, for the weather was wet and stormy, and the regiment was exercised in war-time drills.
A sharp but unrewarded watch was kept for the Spanish f