that unless we were ordered into camp at once we would disband.
After a few days we were furnished with a large tent for the men, a wall tent for the officers and a supply of rations.
Our camp was located on the land of one of our members, Private Sylvester
, and was named “Camp Sylvester.”
We were without arms except three guns for guard duty, as our old Winsors had been turned in. Company A was officered as follows: Captain, Moses P. Stanwood
; First Lieutenant
, J. Warren Brown
; Second Lieutenant, Benjamin Wilson
; Third Lieutenant, Isaac H. Boyd
; Fourth Lieutenant
, Jones Frankle
The third and fourth lieutenants were soon discharged, as army regulations only provided for two. Lieutenant Boyd
went into the ranks, Lieutenant Frankle
was made major of the 17th Massachusetts.
Our discipline in Camp Sylvester was not as strict as it was later in the war. We mounted one guard.
After we had been once around we concluded that the lieutenants ought to stand their share, so we put them on. One night we caught a calf and after the officers were asleep we turned him into their tent.
We did many things that later would have sent us to the guard-house.
About the second week in July we were ordered to Lynnfield
to join the 19th regiment.
We were the second company in camp, Company C of Rowley
arriving about two hours before us. Our tents were a peculiar pattern, neither wall nor A, but between the two, having accommodations for ten men, and each tent had three windows or ventilators.
For a time we were under the command of Col. Lyman Dyke
, who also commanded the 17th regiment, located near us.
I was promoted to sixth corporal, and my troubles began.
I was one day detailed for guard, the 17th