from The Webster Times, 10 Aug 1861 (Volume III #22), contributed by Mike Branniff

Since our last issue there have been several important movements among our military friends. Quite a number of Webster boys who were among he three months men who left Worcester County when the Capital was in danger have returned, and some of them have departed for the seat of the war, after a few days spent with their friends. Among those who have recently returned are Messrs. Charles Shumway, E.D. Clemans, I.T. Hooten, Horace Clapp, and John Reynolds. These boys are all looking well. Of them, E.D. Clemans has re-enlisted for three years, and others will follow his example.

The Slater Guards, Company I left Camp Scott, with the other companies of the Fifteenth Regiment, last Thursday, destined it is said for Harpers Ferry. Owing to some disaffection, Capt. Young, who had been with this company from the first, resigned his commission previous to their departure, and was succeeded in command by Capt. Geo. C. Joslin of Worcester, who has already seen three months service.

The Guards were looking finely, and with their excellent Captain, and Lieutenants Bartlett and Corbin, presented an appearance equally creditable with those companies who have been for months under training in Camp Scott. As the company went on board the cars at Worcester Thursday afternoon, we had the pleasure of taking several by the hand, and secured the promise of an occasional letter from two or three members, including Lieut. Bartlett.

The Oxford company, Captain Watson, a fine body of men, have borne themselves nobly since their organization. Being personally acquainted with several members of these two companies, we shall feel an especial interest in their movements and destiny, and shall try to keep our friends in both towns posted, so far as we are able. From the stock of which these companies are composed, we have no fear that they will fail to act well, their part in whatever position they may be placed, or whatever duty they may be called on to perform.

Webster feels justly proud of the men she has furnished for the support of our Government, and her citizen will never regret the outlay of money and exertions they have made to place them in the field thus early. The good wishes, the sympathy, and the love of many hearts will go with them, and whenever they think of home, they may know that prayers for their safe return are going up to the God of battles from loved and loving ones left behind.

Some presents have been made to our volunteers while in camp. Among them are swords and belts for the Captain and two Lieutenants, by Royal O. Storrs Esq.: a flag by Wm. T. Shumway; of Haverlocks by several ladies; a workbag with needles, thread, etc., each of which contained a testament for each soldier, by members of the churches in this town; besides several smalls sums of money by various individuals.

The boys left Worcester without having received from (the) Government their due for drill. It is understood that they were to be paid on or before their arrival at Washington.



A magnificent silk sash was presented by Mr. Wm. W. Holmes, of this place, to Amos Bartlett, First Lieutenant of the Slater Guards, at Camp Scott on Wednesday. A similar sash was subsequently presented to Frank S. Corbin, 2d Lieutenant, by citizens of this place.