The members of the Eighth Massachusetts Regiment were put to various useful purposes in forcing the passage through Maryland
It seems that the Annapolis Railroad was for a time entirely managed by members of the Cushing Guard
, a machinist, after assisting to repair the engine, was made superintendent of the road; Joseph Batchelder
, son of Constable Batchelder
, who was formerly an employe on the Newburyport
road, and is standard-bearer of the regiment, was made engineer; and private Joseph Jewett
, who will be remembered as the lecturer on music, was employed as fireman.
It is believed that he is admirably adapted to firing up!
The entire road was in the hands of men from that company.
After the war, railroad corporations will know where to look for employes.
One exploit by members of the Newburyport company has not found its way into the papers.
For two days they had nothing to eat but poor pork and a little hard bread.
In their ranks are two butchers from this city--Messrs. Merrill
They took a tramp into the pastures, and were shortly seen driving an ox to a part of the railroad where the men were at work.
A sturdy blow upon the head brought the animal down; the body was strung up to a tree and flayed, and in a little while the whole gang were feasting from the best cut of beef-steak.
The manner in which the men of the Eighth Regiment have turned their hands to all kinds of employment, will render them famous throughout the world, and for all time.
Some of them could even keep a hotel, which every man cannot do.--Newburyport
.) Herald, May 4