at the different depots, with orders for the companies, on their arrival, to proceed at once to Faneuil Hall, as a north-easterly storm of sleet and rain had set in during the night, and had not abated in the morning.
On my return from Cambridge
, I stopped at the Eastern Railroad Depot.
A large crowd of men and women, notwithstanding the storm, had gathered there, expecting the arrival of troops.
Shortly after eight o'clock, the train arrived with the Marblehead
They were received with deafening shouts from the excited throng.
The companies immediately formed in line, and marched by the flank directly to Faneuil Hall; the fifes and drums playing ‘Yankee Doodle
,’ the people following and shouting like madmen, and the rain and sleet falling piteously as if to abate the ardor of the popular welcome.
And thus it was the Marblehead
men entered Faneuil Hall on the morning of the 16th of April.
It is impossible to overstate the excitement which pervaded the entire community through this eventful week.
The railroad depots were surrounded with crowds of people; and the companies, as they arrived, were received with cheers of grateful welcome.
Banners were suspended, as if by preconcerted arrangement.
The American flag spread its folds to the breeze across streets, from the masts of vessels in the harbor, from the cupola of the State House
, the City Hall, in front of private dwellings; and men and boys carried miniature flags in their hands or on their hats.
The horse-cars and express-wagons were decked with similar devices; and young misses adorned their persons with rosettes and ribbons, in which were blended the national red
, and blue
In the streets, on 'Change and sidewalk, in private mansion and in public hotel, no topic was discussed but the approaching war, the arrival and departure of the troops, and measures best adapted for their comfort and welfare.
Every one was anxious to do something, and in some way to be useful.
Young men, wishing to raise new companies and proffer services, pressed to the offices of the Governor
and the Adjutant-General
These offices, the rotunda, and the passages leading to the State House
, were filled with zealous and determined people.
Faneuil Hall, Boylston Hall, the hall over the Old-Colony Railroad Depot, where companies