dollars, and gave it to Captain Dike
, for the service of himself and company.
At eleven o'clock in the forenoon of the 17th, the Sixth Regiment marched from Boylston Hall to the State House
, where it received the new rifled muskets in exchange for smooth-bores.
When in line in front of the State House
, the Governor
made a short and eloquent speech to the regiment, and presented it with a new set of colors.
received the colors, and pledged himself and the regiment that they should never be disgraced.
At seven o'clock that evening, the Sixth marched to the depot of the Boston and Worcester Railroad, and embarked by the land route for New York.
At the depot, and along the entire line of road, they received one continued ovation.
At several places, the bells were rung, and salutes of artillery fired.
, an immense throng cheered them; at Springfield
, the military and the fire department turned out to do them honor.
The regiment reached New York at sunrise on the 18th, having been in the cars all night.
The march down Broadway
to the Astor House
, where the officers and men breakfasted by invitation of the proprietor, General Charles Stetson
, and from the Astor House
down Cortland Street, to the Jersey-City Ferry
, is described as one of the most grand and effective scenes ever witnessed.
The wildest enthusiasm inspired all classes.
Strong men wept like tenderly nurtured women, and silently implored the blessings of Heaven upon the regiment, and the State
which had placed it at the extreme right of the Union
A gentleman who witnessed the scene wrote, ‘I was always proud of my native State; but never until now did I fully realize how grand she is.’
Another writer thus describes the scene:—
Having breakfasted, they employed their time until eleven in conversation, smoking, and preparing for the march.
All appeared determined to stand by the old flag under all hazards, and to punish those who would dare to insult it. Many of the men are exceedingly intelligent, and not a few came from families eminent in the history of the old Bay State.
They spoke of the ability of Massachusetts to send thirty thousand men, and even more volunteers, to the support of the Government, if needed.
At eleven o'clock, the various companies,