departure was August 25, 1862, and the ceremonies were similar to those of 1861.
The minister of the Unitarian Church offered prayer and Thomas S. Harlow
, made an address.
The company went first to Lynnfield
and then to Boxford
, where the 39th Regiment was organized.
The Light Guard became Co. C.
The colonel was P. S. Davis
Co. C was what might be called a family company; nearly all were Medford
Three families furnished three sons each; several, two sons, and two families, father and son; beside, there were several cousins.
All had been friends and acquaintances for years.
One of the comrades says, ‘They were a jolly, wide-awake lot of fellows, and the record they made, Medford
is proud of. Col. Davis
used to say there was more genius, neatness and deviltry in Co. C than in any other company.
Whenever he had visitors it was Co. C's quarters that were inspected.’
This statement is borne out by the company order book, which records that at inspection Co. C's quarters ranked good and other companies varied from fair to bad. The deviltry part was not serious, for Capt. Hutchins
says that only one man was put in the guard house for disobeying his orders.
The culprit did not remain there long enough to be dealt with by the regimental authorities, but apologized, promised good behavior, and kept his word as long as he lived, for he was one who never came home.
The 39th Regiment left Boxford
September 5, 1862.
Immediately upon their arrival in the South
, they were put on picket duty on the Potomac River
Writing from Conrad's Ferry, Maryland, on September 20, Capt. Hutchins
says, ‘We have slept under a tent but one night since we left Massachusetts
The next morning after arriving at Washington
, the regiment marched to Camp Chase at Arlington Heights
They camped there two nights, (the second, in tents). The next day was spent on the march, the second in felling trees for a new camp, and the night on picket duty.