and notified his Orderly Sergeant
, and then returned to his butchering.
In the morning he and his company were ready for business.
But their relatives who remained at home could not look calmly on the departure of these dear ones, who were going no one knew just where, and would return — perhaps never; so there were many touching scenes witnessed at the various railway stations, as the men boarded the trains for Boston
When these Marblehead
companies arrived at that city the enthusiasm was something unprecedented, and as a new detachment appeared in the streets it was cheered to the echo all along its line of march.
The early months of the war were stirring ones for Boston
; for not only did the most of the Massachusetts
regiments march through her streets en route
for the seat of war, but also the troops from Maine
and New Hampshire
as well, so that a regiment halted for rest on the Common, or marching to the strain of martial music to some railway station, was at times a daily occurrence.
It has always seemed to me that the “Three months men” have never received half the credit which the worth of their services to the country deserved.
The fact of their having been called out for so short a time as compared with the troops that came after them, and of their having seen little or no fighting, places them at a disadvantage.
But to have so suddenly left all, and gone to the defence of the Capital City
, with no knowledge of what was in store for them, and impelled by no other than the most patriotic of motives, seems to me fully as praiseworthy as to have gone later under the pressure of urgent need, when the full stress of war was upon us, and when its realities were better known, and the inducements to enlist greater in some other respects.
There is no doubt whatever but what the prompt appearance of these short-term men not only saved the Capital
, but that it served also to show the Rebels
that the North
at short call could send a large and comparatively