Chapter 2: off to the front.
The full equipment for the regiment was not received in time to enable it to leave by the 27th of August, but all was in readiness on the following day. The men were ordered to strike tents on Tuesday night, Aug. 27, and prepare to march.
Two days rations were issued, consisting of four sandwiches, or eight crackers, and four pieces of ham.
The Nineteenth Regiment was the fourteenth organization of Massachusetts' Volunteers to enlist for the war and its members made a very creditable showing when, in heavy marching order, they were waiting for the train that was to take them to Boston
At about three o'clock in the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28, the regiment was formed in line, a short drill took place, and then the State Colors
were presented and turned over to the Color Guard. Col. Hinks
in accepting them said that he ‘intended making the regiment the best that the state had furnished.’
Dress parade was then called, the last one in camp, and the regiment, 791 in number, filed on board the cars, already waiting at the side of the camp ground.
Everybody was cheering.
Hasty farewells were said, and the train slowly started over the South Reading Branch
of the Eastern railroad.
The farmhouses along the route were alive with people who shouted and waved handkerchiefs in farewell to the troops.
The station at Salem
was filled with the friends and relatives of the men; a salute was fired from a small cannon and the officers were presented with bouquets.
There was no time for a special demonstration, however, and the train went on to Lynn
, the home of Colonel Hinks
, en route to Boston
, where a great crowd greeted it.
The regimental wagon train then was larger than that of