Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M V M; a Record of the Experience of a Nine Months' Regiment in the Department of North Carolina In
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LETTERS. In Barracks At Readville, Saturday, Aug. 30, 1862. I Your readers in Boston will not be uninterested in following the fortunes of the gallant 44th, which has just gone forth from your city with full ranks, made up in large measure of young men in whose honor and welfare every true Bostonian will feel a peculiar interest. The personnel of the 44th (recruited up from the Fourth Battalion of Infantry as a nucleus, ) has been so frequently the subject of newspaper remark, that nothing more need be said under that head; but it may not be vainglorious to say that no regiment has gone forth from the old Bay State, renowned for the quality of its soldiers, which exceeds or equals the second New England G uard regiment, as regards the personal qualities of its rank and file. All the learned professions are represented in its ranks, and even some of the recondite sciences and fine arts have their accomplished devotees in this corps. Among the latter may be reckoned the astronomer Tuttle, of Cambridge, and the brothers Cobb, artists, of Boston. We have sons of ministers and millionaires, and many rich men in their own right. The sons of ministers in the 44th, grievous to say, are generally publicans themselves, and give few signs of eminently Christian training. This is strange. " 'Tis true, 'tis pity; And pity'tis, 'tis true." This is the second attempt which the Fourth Battalion has recently made to do their country some service; and we have been wondering if the present will prove as futile as the preceding one. But these do not cover the honorable record of the Fourth Bats. The Massachusetts 24th sprang from this Battalion. That and the 2nd and other Massachusetts regiments of earlier and later dates have been largely officered from its ranks. It has provided t...
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