The arrival of new tents, letters from home, which had been delayed, and certain news that they were to be mustered out, were good medicine for invalids.
March 3, 1899, one of the Light Guard wrote home, The fashion of dying has ceased to be, and all are on the mend.
On the 31st the 5th was mustered out at Greenville, but the men came home in a body and passed in review before Gov. Wolcott at the State House.
Capt. Clark brought back to Medford his whole company, except Sergt. Gray, who was recovering from typhoid fever, and his brother, who stayed behind as nurse and companion.
In the state which was the hot-bed of secession, these Massachusetts troops did their part to heal old wounds, especially when they stood guard at a Confederate monument, ready to die, if need be, to save it from desecration.
These men enlisted with as pure motives as any soldiers ever had, and although they never reached the seat of war, we honor them for what they were willing to do,