At Park street, police and fire departments were needed to clear the tracks as the train pulled slowly down.
The band played The Girl I Left Behind Me as the boys boarded the cars, and as they threw themselves into their seats, there were many set faces among them, for they knew not when they would see Medford again.
To the strains of Auld Lang Syne, the train moved out. The regiment remained at South Framingham until September, and put in hard work at drilling and camp duty.
September 12 found our boys marching through coal dust to Camp Meade, on the banks of the Susquehanna.
The camp was in a beautiful situation on a side hill sloping down to the river.
Although in a malarial district, the men were, thanks to careful policing, kept in good health.
Every other day the regiment was marched to the river for bathing, until a swimming pool was constructed nearer the camp.
The splendid physical condition of the command before it left Massachusetts was in its favor.