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[284] in arms against the honor and authority of the nation, it was their sacred duty to remain in arms for his overthrow.

On the 21st of December regimental line was formed by Maj. Rice and 145 of the men were mustered out of the service of the United States. They then took off their caps, raised their right hands, repeated the oath and in a few moments were transformed into Veterans entitled to wear the service stripes of two enlistments. They had re-enlisted for ‘Three years or during the war.’ Only about forty members of the regiment declined to re-enlist and the others remaining, not having been in the service for two years, could not do so.

The scene when these men, veterans of many terrible campaigns, stood in line and took the oath a second time was worthy the immortalizing stroke of an artist's brush. In no other event during the entire war was real patriotism more truly displayed. Each of the men knew just what war was. He had experienced it, had seen his comrades swept away by shot and shell and foul disease and his regiment dwindle until only a remnant of its former strength remained. These veterans did not have in their second enrollment the inspiration and excitement of war meetings or the novelty of new gold-trimmed uniforms to urge them on, but with a full knowledge of the duties required, the hardships to be endured, and the probability that many would either be killed or wounded before their term expired.

Men who re-enlisted on December 21ST, 1863, at
Stevensburg, Va.

non-commissioned officers and men:

Wm. M. Curtis, Sergeant Major.
George M. Ritchie, Quartermaster Sergeant.
James P. Clare, Principal Musician.
Co. A.Giles D. W. Johnson, First Sergeant.
Benjamin F. Falls, Sergeant.
Samuel A. Bridges, Sergeant.
Edwin R. Bartlett, Corporal.

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