and cars were put in order by the men of the Eighth.
Many of them were mechanics, who had made locomotives and cars.
On the 24th of April, the Eighth and the New-York
Seventh marched twenty-two miles to the Junction
The heat was oppressive, and the men suffered for want of food.
‘On arriving at the Junction
, they dropped asleep.’
On the afternoon of Friday, April 26, the regiment arrived in Washington
, eight days after its departure from Boston
The National Intelligencer the next morning, speaking of the Eighth, said, ‘We doubt whether any other single regiment in the country could furnish such a ready contingent to reconstruct a steam-engine, lay a rail-track, and bend the sails of a man-of-war.’
remained behind at Annapolis
in command of that important post.
The hard labor of laying the railroad track, and repairing the locomotives and cars, had worn out the men's uniforms.
The fact being presented to the President
by Colonel Monroe
, he ordered them to be furnished with army trousers and blouses.
On the 30th of April, the regiment was mustered into the United-States service.
The regiment remained in Washington
until the middle of May, when it was ordered to the Relay House
to guard the railroad.
It remained there, with changes of detail, until the 29th of July, when it received orders to return home.
It arrived in Boston
on the 1st of August, where it was honorably received, and addressed by the Mayor
of the city.
These soldiers received the thanks of the United-States House of Representatives, ‘for the energy and patriotism displayed by them in surmounting obstacles upon sea and land, which traitors had interposed to impede their progress to the defence of the national capital.’
On the 4th of July, while at the Relay House
, the regiment was presented with a new flag, made and forwarded by the ladies of Lynn
On the 12th of May, Colonel Monroe
resigned his commission, and Lieutenant-Colonel Hinks
was elected to fill the vacancy.
In acknowledgment of the long and valuable services of Colonel Monroe
in the militia of his State and country, Governor Andrew
directed the Adjutant-General
to address him the following letter:—