After the return of the command to Camp Benton from Ball's Bluff, a reorganization of the regiment took place.
Capt. Moses Stanwood
, of Co. A., Lieutenants C. C. Sampson
of Co. I.
and Eugene Kelty
of Company K resigned, and were discharged in October, and in November Capt. William H. Wilson
and Second Lieut. William H. LeCain
of Co. H., with First Lieut. S. D. Hovey
of Co. G.
were honorably discharged.
First Lieut. Charles M. Merritt
was promoted to be Captain
of Company A, and Second Lieut. Isaac H. Boyd
was commissioned First Lieutenant
in that Company.
In Company D, Sergeant Major Samuel Baxter
was made Second Lieutenant
, Second Lieutenant John P. Reynolds
was made First Lieutenant
and Acting Adjutant
and transferred from Company D to G.
In Co. K. Second Lieut. Edward P. Bishop
was promoted to First Lieutenant
, and First Sergeant Lysander Hume
was advanced to Second Lieutenant
First Lieut. Henry A. Hale
of Co. H.
was transferred to Co. I, while bandmaster John A. Spofford
, with musicians R. W. Stevens
, W. C. M. Howe
, E. F. Spofford
and J. M. Hine
resigned and were discharged.
, of Boston
, was appointed as the new bandmaster.
Instead of staying all winter in Camp Benton as had been expected, the regiment was ordered, on December 4, 1861, to Seneca
, at a place called Muddy Branch
, some miles nearer Washington
, where it relieved some of the command of Gen. Banks
, whose division was sent to Frederick.
Camp Benton, with its well determined lines, its spacious streets, curiously constructed ovens and underground furnaces, its nicely thatched stables and log houses, was left as a monument