Most of the men were from Boston
The first public appearance of the battery was on June 17, when a parade was held on Boston Common, and on July 4 a detachment fired a salute at morning, noon and night from the same historic spot.
On July 5 the battery was ordered to the camp of instruction at Wollaston Heights
, on what was known as the Adams
estate, which consequently gave to the camp the name of Camp Adams.
Here for a month, the men were drilled in all the movements from the position of a soldier to battery drill in the field and also as infantry and cavalry.
Target practise, too, was introduced and for that purpose targets were placed at several points with reference to distance and correctness in shooting.
These afforded an excellent opportunity for the men to become familiar with their guns.
On the 31st of July, the command was mustered into the United States
service under the name of the 2d Massachusetts Light Artillery, and from the same date the officers were commissioned.
This was the first three years battery from the state of Massachusetts
It was supposed that Major Cobb
would take the battery into service, but he left the state abruptly and Governor Andrews
sent Adjutant General Schouler
down to camp to ask Major O. F. Nims
, an experienced officer, to take command and get to Washington
as soon as possible.
replied: ‘I will accept a commission whenever it is tendered me but I will not ask for one.’
It was then suggested that the company be called on to elect a captain, but this did not meet with Major Nims
' approval as he had made up his mind not to owe his position to the men under him. ‘No,’ said he, ‘make me an officer if you will and then ask them what they think of it.’
He was therefore given the rank of captain, the men were lined up and informed of what had been done.
A wild shout of approval was their