-months men. So he joined two different classes in Boston, for the purpose of drilling, and said that when he knew enough he should go. But he went at last very suddenly, in July, without having time to arrange his business affairs; for Colonel William B. Greene, who had been his friend for several years, came home from Paris to take part in the war, and, finding this recruit ready, made him his Adjutant at once in the Fourteenth Massachusetts.
His letters describe his interview with ColonelColonel Greene, and his enlistment.
Fort Warren, July 26, 1861.
Then the first day I saw him,--the day he landed,—I told him I would go into the service myself, under him. Two days after he sent to me to know if I was serious in what I had said.
And the result was that he took me, green as I was; and says, after four weeks trial, that he does not repent of his choice, and that he thought he could make a soldier of me then, and is sure of it now. So I am entirely satisfied.
And if I should
he understanding that he should apply for a commission as Assistant Surgeon, instead of a more exposed position in the line.
To this limited release, he finally, with reluctance, assented, having previously set his heart upon obtaining a second lieutenancy in a regiment in which some of his former companions were commissioned.
After waiting anxiously for a length of time, he finally received a commission as Assistant Surgeon in the Fourteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, commanded by Colonel W. B. Greene, then stationed at Fort Albany; and in February, 1862, he joined the regiment.
As month after month rolled by, and while other regiments passed to the front, the Fourteenth still remained stationary to guard the capital, he became very impatient at the continued inaction; and but for the pain he knew he would give his parents, would willingly have taken any position which would bring him into more active service.
The dull routine of his duties at Fort Albany was, however, unexpe