in which those services were held by the superior officers.
The several sources from which this history is compiled are: the records of the regiment, the reports of regimental and brigade commanders, the diaries of several members of the regiment, and several books already published covering the same events.
Of these the diary of Colonel Clinton Beckwith, notes by Lieut. J. H. Smith, the chapters in the History of Otsego County, prepared by Colonel J. W. Cronkite, the letters of Chaplain John R. Adams and the diary of Lieutenant Woodcock have been especially useful.
Col. Beckwith's diary is as it professes to be, the story of his own army experiences, and of his comrades and of the regiment from the enlisted man's viewpoint.
That he has given permission to quote ad libitum from it is very gratifying to the compiler, as it will certainly be also to the readers of the history.
Col. Cronkite's history of the regiment in the History of Otsego County is a condensed sketch of the mo
we do of them to-night.
How well we remember the old days, and how pleasant to recall the many thrilling incidents which connected us so closely!
With our two regiments on the front line facing the enemy, led by the gallant Colonels Upton and Edwards, we had that feeling that the Japs must have had when facing the Russians in the present Eastern war, that we can whip everything before us, and we generally did it, too.
We do not forget the life and services of the faithful Chaplain, John R. Adams, who remained with us after the return home of the 5th Maine.
The death of this honored officer only increases our affection for them all. We love to let our memories run back to those days and call up in our minds those strong, sturdy Maine boys.
By reason of their few months' previous service they were in a position to be very useful to us, as we, fresh from our homes, tried to get accustomed to a campaign life.
We learned rapidly from them.
They taught us just what a new regiment