[p. 6] Col. Whitney
marched with the company.
History had repeated itself.
Again from the ranks of the Lawrence
Light Guard a colonel had risen to command the 5th Regiment in time of war.
The members of the Light Guard wore the regular blue uniform, the recruits were clad in kahki.
The whole city was on the street, but we forgot to cheer.
Solemn silence seemed fitting.
At Park street, police and fire departments were needed to clear the tracks as the train pulled slowly down.
The band played ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ as the boys boarded the cars, and as they threw themselves into their seats, there were many set faces among them, for they knew not when they would see Medford
To the strains of ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ the train moved out. The regiment remained at South Framingham
until September, and put in hard work at drilling and camp duty.
September 12 found our boys marching through coal dust to Camp Meade, on the banks of the Susquehanna
The camp was in a beautiful situation on a side hill sloping down to the river.
Although in a malarial district, the men were, thanks to careful policing, kept in good health.
Every other day the regiment was marched to the river for bathing, until a swimming pool was constructed nearer the camp.
The splendid physical condition of the command before it left Massachusetts
was in its favor.
Whatever the criticisms of the hospitals at Camp Meade may have been, few members of E Co. had any experience there, for the ‘Doctor Captain
’ watched his men so closely that minor ills were cured before they developed into anything serious.
All through the campaign he kept his promise made to the townspeople, ‘I will look after the health of your boys.’
In October, 1st Lieut. Neilson
was promoted to take command of Co. K, of Braintree
; 2d Lieut. Whitney
was promoted to his place.
As section after section of those camped at Middletown