from The Fitchburg Sentinel, Wednesday, 22 October 1884
| The Old 15th Regt.
The association of th 15th regiment held its 18th annual reunion in Worcester, Tuesday, the day being the 23rd anniversary of the battle of Ball's Bluff, when the regiment reeived its baptism. Col. J. M. Studley of Providence presided. At the business meeting the following officers were elected:
Capt. T. J. Hastings of the Gettysburg committee reported that the committee visited the first position of the regiment on the Emmetsburg road, where Col. Ward fell. The exact position was finally made out, and the stake was driven, far in advance of the main line. Capt. Earle who said he saw Gen. Ward fall, identified the exact spot accurately. A wooden tablet was placed there, and it is hoped a more lasting monument will be erected. The spot where the regiment repelled the assault was found, and the position where the regiment lay in line will also be marked, and the 15th will thus have three positions. The field will probably be the only one of the rebellion that will be thus preserved. The committee went also to Antietam and Ball's Bluff, and found great difficulty in locating the positions there, so great have been the changes. On motion of Capt. E. J. Russell the Gettysburg committee, of which Capt. David Earle is chairman, was appointed a committee to take charge of the monument matter and receive the money appropriated by the state. Gen. Devens was added to the committee.
The action of the association on a former occasion, declining to perpetuate the organization beyond its active members, was read by the secretary, and the subject of honorary members was accordingly tabled. The meeting then adjourned, and the members forming in column, under Capt. E. J. Russell's lead, and headed by drums and fife, marched to Garnd Army hall, where dinner was served by D. P. Lord. A portion of the regimental band was in attendance and furnished music. The blessing was asked by Comrade A. S. Roe, and the dinner was then disposed of.
After dinner letters of regret were read from Gen. Devens, Major J. W. Kimball, Capt. H. S. Taft, Chaplain Leonard Wood, George G. Noyes and Comrade Plaisted of Co. D, whowrote from the Soldier's Home in Chelsea. The regimental song was sung by Comrade Cummings. Before the speaking began the customary act of homage to the dead was paid by all rising and standing in silence for a few moments.
Beginning with the left of the line responses for companies were made by
Capt. C. H. WAtson of Co. E related some interesting remeniscences of Ball's Bluff,