before the departure of the train, our captain was with us, but the sergeant was wanting; when he appeared, just as the train was about to move, the captain observed that there would have been some tall swearing had not the ‘non-commish’ put in his appearance at that critical moment.
All ‘boys in blue’ who came from east of the Hudson
, remember the ‘New England
Rooms’ in New York City; and opposite the Astor House
, Col. Frank Howe
's rooms in three stories of a house, we believe, were devoted to the reception and entertainment of soldiers of the Eastern States
who were passing through the metropolis.
A comfortable resting place we found it for a day and two nights, previous to our departure by the inside line for Boston via Stonington
On our arrival at the Hub, those who lived in its vicinity repaired to their homes, and the other comrades whose abodes were at a distance remained in town, all having received orders to be at the old armory of the Boston
Light Artillery in Cooper Street, at one o'clock, P. M.
We were received on the common by Battery A, M. V. M., and escorted to the armory in Cooper Street, a reception by the city there being accorded us. Mayor Lincoln
presided, welcomed the company to the hospitality of the city, which was tendered upon this occasion, spoke appreciatively of the service of the battery, and thanked officers and men. Capt. McCartney
fittingly responded, feelingly alluding to the departed comrades and to our veterans who were yet at the front.
At the close of the exercises, we separated for our homes, to meet but once more as a company, —on the 19th of October, when we were mustered out.
This command left the old Bay State
with five officers and one hundred and fifty-two men, whose average age at that time was twenty-five years. Of our original number, we lost during more than three years, thirty-three and one third per cent, by death in action, or from the effects of disease brought on by hardships or exposure, or on account of wounds received in battle, or of disabilities contracted in the line of duty.
During its term of service, our company carried on its rolls eleven commissioned officers, forty-five non-commissioned officers, and two hundred and sixtythree