from The Worcester Spy, 27 July 1864 (Volume 93 #30),
|Arrival of the Fifteenth
The glorious old Fifteenth regiment arrived in this city Thursday afternoon. The regiment left Washington on the 14th inst., and proceeded to Baltimore, where they took the steamer Weybossett for Boston last Sunday afternoon.
On their arrival in Boston yesterday the regiment was escorted to the Beach street barracks, where they were furnished with breakfast and cared for, till the train left for this city, about two o'clock. On their arrival here the men were escorted to the City Hall, where they were furnished with accommodations for the night.
Of this gallant regiment only seven officers and about eighty men return. The officers are Surgeon F. L. Baron Monroe of Medway, and assistant Surgeon Theodore O. Cornish of Millbury: Capts. Walter Gale of Northborough (commanding the regiment), Albert Prince of Oxford, George W. Brown of Leominster; Lieuts Nelson V. Stanton of Northbridge (adjutant), and Wm. Bixby of Hopkington (quartermaster).
The regiment entered upon the present campaign with about 270 men, and has lost in killed and wounded over 200 men in addition to the 56 captured on the 22d of June. Of the captured 11 have been paroled and have returned with the regiment. Ten of those captured and now in the hands of the enemy, have been in the service more than three years. With this exception, all the men whose time had expired, except a few sick and wounded, came home with the regiment.
There are between 180 and 190 who have not served their three years, but of this number only 14 were fit for duty, and they were turned over to the Massachusetts 20th regiment. Captain Dudley remained with those in camp. The regiment left its guns and equipment at City Point Va.
Lt. Colonel Joslin is one of the officers placed under fire by the Charleston rebels.
Four officers of the regiment are now in Libby prison. Capt. May, Lieuts. Hastings. (since made Captain) Coulter and Wilder.