Chapter 1: the call to arms.
At the breaking out of the war I was a resident of the quiet but patriotic town of Groveland
had been fired upon and all was excitement.
I could not work, and on the 18th of April, 1861, walked to Haverhill
with my elder brother and Mark Kimball
We went to the armory of the Hale Guards
, who were making active preparations to march, and I returned home that night resolved to go with them if possible.
The next day we walked to Haverhill
again, and I at once interviewed Captain Messer
, but was informed that the company was more than full, so I could not go with it.
I had said nothing to my brother or Mark of my intention, but as we were walking home I found that we all had the same desire,--to enlist at once.
We talked the matter over and concluded that as Company A of the 1st Battalion of Rifles, an old militia company located in West Newbury
, and then under arms, would soon be ordered away, we would join it. That night we walked to West Newbury
(five miles）, found the company at the armory in the town hall and enrolled our names.
Company A was one of three that composed the 1st Battalion of Rifles, commanded by Maj. Ben. Perley Poore
They had been organized several