armory, arriving at 12.10, ‘well pleased with our drill, but not with the arrangements for our return.’
April 12, 1861, Fort Sumpter
was fired upon, and on April 15 the ‘fiery cross’ was sent out over the Com
The new uniforms of the Light Guard were speedily finished, and all who had signified their willingness to go on the first call were supplied.
You who always think of Union soldiers as ‘the boys in blue’ would like to know how these men were dressed.
I copy verbatim from the description of the uniform given by one who wore it. ‘It was iron gray cloth trimmed with black, swallow-tailed coat, with a profusion of brass buttons.
The suits were made by a skilled tailor, and were tight fitting, very military and stylish—I may say “natty.”
The hat was after the bean-pot style, cost, I think, about seven dollars. Said hat was adorned with braid—brass—and a red
plume or pon-pon.
Can you imagine anything more inappropriate or comical than the sight of those boys in this holiday garb, carrying a ten-pound musket, also one or two revolvers and dirk knives, marching off to war!
Oh, what a headache I had on arrival at Washington
from wearing that heavy hat!
The last sight I ever had of it (as also a leathern stock worn about the neck) was when it disappeared over a fence into somebody's back yard.’
A mass-meeting was held Thursday evening, April 18, 1862, at which six thousand dollars were subscribed amid great enthusiasm, to complete the uniforming of the company and to aid the families of the soldiers while they were away.
A committee of thirteen was formed to apportion the money raised.
Thirteen must have been an unlucky number in this case, for by a series of misunderstandings the uniforms were not paid for until over a year after the return of the company, and only after a long dispute and legal process.
was ordered to report in Boston
with his regiment April 19, 1861.
His orders were issued