Edward A. Wild
, who was authorized to recruit a brigade of colored troops, visited the camp informally on the 11th.
That portion of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry at Readville left for the field on May 12.
At noon the Fifty-fourth formed in great haste to escort the cavalry, and marched to their camp, only to learn that the Second had already departed.
By May 11, more recruits had arrived than were required, and the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts was begun with the surplus on the succeeding day. They occupied the old cavalry camp.
Of the following officers transferred to it from the Fifty-fourth, N. P. Hallowell
became colonel; Alfred S. Hartwell
, colonel and brevet brigadier-general; William Nutt
, colonel; and Joseph Tilden
, captain, during service with the Fifty-fifth.
Several non-commissioned officers and privates were also transferred to the new regiment to assist in its organization.
Details for guard duty at the new camp were for a time furnished from the Fifty-fourth.
Rolls were made out on May 14 for the bounty of fifty dollars for each enlisted man, voted by the State
Friends had procured flags, and it was determined to make the occasion of their presentation, on May 18, a memorable one.
The day was fine and cloudless.
Very early, friends of the command began to arrive in private carriages, and by the extra trains run to Readville.
Many prominent persons were present, including Surgeon-General Dale
, Hon. Thomas Russell
, Professor Agassiz
, Prof. William B. Rogers
, Hon. Josiah Quincy
, George S. Hale
, William Lloyd Garrison
, Wendell Phillips
, Samuel May
, Rev. Dr. Neale
, Frederick Douglass
, and many others.
The parade was thronged with white and