at the door I was explaining my errand when the door opened, and the governor seeing me said, “Come in.”
On entering he said, “Well, my boy, what can I do for you?”
I began to tell my story, when he interrupted me with, “I know all about it, and it is all right.”
Pointing to a roster of our regiment my name was in the list of first lieutenants, but it was at the bottom.
“There, you see that is all right,” said the governor.
I replied, “Not quite; I was the third in rank when discharged, now I am the tenth.”
“Oh, we will fix that,” said he, and taking my name out moved them down one and put me in my proper place.
All the time he was doing this he was talking and laughing, making me feel perfectly at home.
I was so pleased with the interview that I would have signed an enlistment roll for thirty years if he would have promised to be governor during the time.
The orders to the officers were to do all in our power to obtain recruits while we were at home, but although we worked hard we made little or no progress.
Men were enlisting for coast defence regiments quite fast, but the 19th had no attractions, and I only recruited one man while at home.
The thirty days were like one long holiday; the towns gave receptions to the men, Company A being received by the town of West Newbury
The time soon came when we must march away, and at the end of thirty days every man reported at Wenham
We mustered five more than we brought home, --three deserters whom we had captured and two recruits.
Two boys, Rogers
and Fee, who were not old enough, stole away with us and were mustered in the field.
I carried a new sword, presented by the citizens of Groveland
, and several other officers were remembered in like manner.