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Encamped at Baltimore at the same time was the 17th Massachusetts, and a letter written by a member of that regiment follows: To the Boston Journal, September 5. ‘Nims' Artillery is at our left hand and a better set of fellows, officers and men were never brought together. May we remain together “in union and for the Union” is the hearty wish of our officers. Our band goes over to their headquarters twice a week and the enlivening strains cause joy to them and will help to unite the two commands in still stronger fetters than the mere fact that we are all “Bay State boys.” That is a strong card out here and when we unite in symphony as well as harmony it's a pretty good tune.’— The boys won the respect and esteem of the citizens of Baltimore, even of the Southern sympathizers, and on October 16, the loyal citizens of Ward 19 presented to the battery
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