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[15] reply, the men throwing their caps in the air as a further demonstration of their satisfaction.

The roster of commissioned officers then was as follows:


An old artillery officer for many years in the English service visited the camp frequently and said that he never saw better material than the men in Nims' Battery. ‘They have,’ said he, ‘intelligence and will, and a very few months of active service will find them in the front rank of merit in their class.’ Boston Journal, August 8, 1861.

Preparations were made to break camp August 7, but owing to an accident which befell the machinery of the steamer which was to convey the battery to New York it was necessary to wait until the following day. A quotation from a Boston paper dated August 8, 1861, is as follows:

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