April 18, and were delivered by the hand of his brother, Mr. Daniel W. Lawrence
It is a strange coincidence that this second summons of the minutemen should have come on the exact anniversary of Paul Revere
On the afternoon of April 20 a great crowd assembled in the square to bid the company God-speed.
A hush fell as the company formed in a hollow square, and the Rev. Jarvis A. Ames
of the Methodist Church offered prayer.
The company left on the two o'clock train, reported for duty on Boston Common at three, and thence marched to Faneuil Hall, where they were quartered until the morning of April 21.
There, more recruits were received.
William H. Lawrence
was one of these.
He was particularly anxious to enlist under the colonel who bore the same name as his own. The crowd was so dense at the door that he climbed through a window and reached the recruiting officer's side.
He was a fine example of physical manhood, and he at once attracted the colonel's interest.
He was assigned to Co. E and made color sergeant.
The troops took the cars for New York at 6 P. M., April 21.
They arrived at New York in the evening and were marched to the St. Nicholas Hotel
The records say ‘We were received with cheers at every station on the route and plenty of refreshments were furnished.’
They left New York on the steamship DeSoto
, on Monday morning, and arrived at Annapolis
in the afternoon of April 24, after a rough passage.
Camp was made in the woods.
The next morning they proceeded to Washington
, and took up their quarters in the treasury building on Saturday, April 27.
They were mustered into the Federal
service, May 1, 1861.
The regiment remained on guard in the treasury building until May 25, the morning after Ellsworth
was killed at Alexandria
, when it was ordered to that town.
The first month of service was hardly more than a long holiday.
The Light Guard made friends among the people of Washington
, had plenty to eat (the