on the eleventh, with the news of this surrender came also the news that the enemy were evacuating the city of Mobile
They were afterwards sent on an expedition into the interior of Alabama
as far as Selma
, where they remained on guard till May 11, returning then to Mobile
for garrison duty there.
From June 3 till the mustering out of the battery at Readville, Mass., Lieut. Dame
was in command.
On June 30 they turned over their property to the government and went to Dauphin Island
in Mobile Bay
to await orders to return home.
On July 21 they embarked at New Orleans on board the Ashland
for New York, where they arrived on the thirty-first.
They reached camp at Readville, Mass., August i, and were mustered out on the fourth.
On the fourteenth of August, 1865, Lieut. Dame
became once more a private citizen.
Again the choice of a profession confronted him. His law studies, early interrupted by his country's call had not progressed far enough to be of practical use, and his marriage made it necessary for him now to enter some business that would give immediate support.
The unsettling influence of army life rendered this a difficult decision, and before he finally settled down, he tried various lines of activity.
Making his home at Braintree
, he engaged in literary work, reporting for the daily papers, writing sketches, stories and essays.
At the same time he was reading law. He also engaged in the insurance business, did private teaching, and, in fact, turned his attention to any form of honorable employment that would furnish a means of livelihoods On his birthday, March 12, 1866, he writes: ‘I am twenty-eight years old and have hardly made a beginning in life; nevertheless, I have a clean record, and strong hopes of the future.’
This hopefulness for the future is a characteristic with which we who knew him in his later life have always been impressed.
April 6, 1866, he sought and obtained the position of principal of the high school in Lexington
, and began his