Company F and asked him if he would re-enlist.
Mike threw his cap on the ground, struck an attitude and said, “By the gods above, by the worth of that cap, I never will re-enlist until I can be with Mary Ann
without the stars and stripes waving over me.”
But I said, “Mike, they are all going to do it.”
Then Michael O'Leary
A large majority signed the re-enlistment role, and December 20 they were mustered in for three years more, or until the end of the war. In this instance, as in nearly every other where the soldiers and the government were concerned, the government did not do as they agreed.
The conditions of the re-enlistment were, that the soldier should at once
have thirty-five days furlough and transportation to his home.
Our men did not receive theirs until Feb. 8, 1864, nearly seven weeks
after they had re-enlisted.
The weather was very severe, many were sick and all were unhappy.
To my mind the re-enlisting of the three years men in the field was the most patriotic event of the war. They knew what war was, had seen their regiments and companies swept away until only a little remnant remained.
They did not have the excitement of the war meetings to urge them on, but with a full knowledge of the duties required and the probability that many would fall before their term expired, with uncovered heads and uplifted hands they swore to stand by the flag until the last armed foe surrendered.
I could not wait until the regiment received orders to come home, so came alone, took off my uniform, put on citizen's clothes, and began to look for employment.
About the 12th of February I saw by the newspapers that the regiment had arrived in Boston
I could not keep away, and went to Beach Street barracks, where they were quartered.