[p. 80] Manville Richards
was wounded in this battle, but recovered and came home to be killed at a fire in Medford
a few months later.
was also wounded and J. Henry Hoyt
was taken prisoner.
The three months term having expired, the Fifth started at once from Alexandria
after the battle.
A violent rain was falling when the troops reached the capital; no quarters had been provided, and the men dropped on the sidewalk and slept.
, Capt. Swan
, and Capt. Locke
of Reading determined that their men should be sheltered.
By personal effort they found quarters in the large hall at Willard's Hotel.
They remained five days. When Mr. Willard
was asked for his bill, he said, ‘I have no bill against you. If I can't get my pay from the Government
, I will go without.’
The company arrived in Boston
, July 30.
They were escorted home by citizens of Medford
and the fire companies of the town.
The procession was headed by a band of music.
On the following Tuesday
a formal reception was given them at Child's Grove on Fulton street. Lieut. John G. Chambers
was commissioned adjutant of the 23d Regiment, October 11, 1861.
The company presented him with a purse of twenty-five dollars when he left town for the front.
He had served in the Mexican War
and had been st lieutenant of the Light Guard during the three months campaign.
His ability and fondness for military life earned him his promotions and he became lieutenant-colonel of his regiment.
He was wounded at Drury's Bluff and died at Fortress Monroe
, May 13, 1864.
His body was brought home and the town took charge of his funeral.
Drills were resumed in the town hall and continued regularly unless the town fathers rented it for some other purpose.
In January, 1862, the four-story brick block, quite imposing for those days, which was erected on the site of the former armory was finished, and the