and looking up saw a white head sticking out of a bundle of rags, and recognized Sergt. Mike Scannell
I said, “Mike, you are dead.”
“Not yet,” was the reply; “but I have been mighty near it. I was sent out to die at Andersonville
, from there was taken to Blackshire, Fla., kept until the war was over, then taken within several miles of our lines and turned loose.”
With him was Mike O'Brien
of my company,--hard looking, but full of courage.
On the 15th of May I was discharged by general order
, went to Washington
, received my full pay, with transportation to West Newbury, Mass.
I waited to see the grand review of the armies before returning home.
The first day the Army of the Potomac passed.
As the 2d corps drew near I became anxious, and walked towards the Capitol
The white trefoil came in sight, and at the head of the dear old regiment rode Colonel Rice
He saw me and turned out of the line to shake hands.
Next came Captain Hume
,--the only line officer commissioned when we were captured.
He stopped, and the boys came from every company; for a few moments I held a reception.
urged me to come to the regiment, saying he had found a place for me. I informed him that I was discharged, and was going home, but he said, “Come and see me day after to-morrow.”
In compliance with his request I went out to Munson's Hill to visit the regiment, and before night was mustered as captain, and assigned to the command of Company B.
The duty was very pleasant.
I was in command of the regiment a few days during the absence of Colonel Rice
and Captain Hume
, and was two weeks on courts-martial detail.
June 30 the regiment was mustered out of service, and left for Massachusetts
, arriving at Readville July 3.