we passed through the successive campaigns of the war. The history of one is the history of the other, except that the 5th Maine commenced several months earlier, making a grand beginning, while the 121st continued on helping make history for the brigade, with an equally grand ending; both returning to private life with the highest achievements of honor, which was most pathetically shown by the thinned ranks of both returned regiments.
This strong affection-and I may go farther and as Major Strout expressed it to-day-love, has continued increasing as the years go on, and is even stronger to-day than ever, made so by the presence of the representatives with us to-day.
It seems to me a great privilege to exchange greetings with them after over forty years since our separation.
Our ranks are still more depleted and we can not muster in numbers by fifty per cent what we could on our return.
We are growing old. Time is showing its mark, and our bodies are getting more or less infir