left for the South
, the 5th began to be disheartened; but on November 16 they were ordered to march, and took the cars to Greenville, S. C.
, one step nearer Cuba
Orders to go forward and a visit from the paymaster made November 14 a gala day. The troops were reviewed at Greenville
by the mayor, and marched through the town with the band playing ‘Dixie.’
had preceded the company, and tent floors and cook houses were ready for its advent.
Thanksgiving dinner was sent by the Woman
's Relief Corps and the Volunteer Aid Association
, not the first or last of generous donations.
The boys sent home the message, ‘We have met the Turks and they are ours!’
Winter in the ‘Sunny South’ was not what the boys expected.
High winds which blew down the tents and upset the smoke stacks of the Sibley stoves, drenching rains which went through the tents as if they were paper, sounding, as the drops fell on the rubber blankets, like a tattoo on a snare drum, weather so cold that it froze the ears of men on guard, mud and the heaviest snow that had been known in that section for years, made the boys understand that campaigning was no pastime.
Sickness developed in the camp and ‘blues’ were the order of the day.
In December, Wagoner Kiley
, of Co. E, died of typhoid fever.
His body was sent home and buried with military honors.
went home about that time on account of sickness.
In February there were more ill than at any time during the term of enlistment.
The arrival of new tents, letters from home, which had been delayed, and certain news that they were to be mustered out, were good medicine for invalids.
March 3, 1899, one of the Light Guard wrote home, ‘The fashion of dying has ceased to be, and all are on the mend.’
On the 31st the 5th was mustered out at Greenville
, but the men came home in a body and passed in review before Gov. Wolcott
at the State House