from The Webster Times, 9 Nov 1861 (Volume III # 35)
A Short Visit to the Seat of the War

To the Editor of the Webster Times: Having recently returned from a short visit to the seat of the war, and thinking your numerous readers might like to hear a little in regard to matters and things out there, I will therefore make a hasty report of my visit. My first stopping place was in Baltimore, where I enjoyed the hospitality of a first rate Union Hotel, kept by Coleman, formerly of Aster House N. Y. Taking the Baltimore and Ohio R.R. , the next morning, at 8 o’clock, I arrived at Adamstown at 12, which is 12 miles from Poolesville. The facilities for traveling this last part of my route, were the worst I ever experienced. The roads were very rough, almost impassible. Baggage wagons are generally two days making the trip, I however accomplished the trip in less time , by the aid of a stout nigger and a pair of blind horses. I made about half the distance in about three hours, when I had to dispence with my nigger and team, as he had arrived at “Massa’s “ house. I then took my carpet bag in one hand, and shouldered my bundle, which contained 50 pair of stockings, and started for Poolesville, through wheat and cornfields, over fences and stone walls, and passing directly through the camp of the California Reg’t. arrived in Poolesville at sundown.

I immediately made tracks for Co. I, and when it was made known that a Webster man had arrived, there was one grand rush. I assure you I was as glad to see them as they were me, but on looking around, I did not see all who I had been accustomed to see, when the company were stationed in our town. The reason of this decrease is as well known to you and your readers as myself. After the usual salutations, I was invited by Lt. Corbin to partake of the hospitalities of the camp. Having never had the honor of the acquaintance with the Captain of our company I was not long in making it. I at once decided to make my stay with them while I remained, which I enjoyed hugely.

The next morning was beautiful and Lieut. Corbin and myself started on foot to view the late battlefield, where the brave and gallant 15th fought so nobly. I have neither time nor space to give a description of the appearance of this place. while viewing the battle field from the Maryland side, we could see distinctly on the other side, the rebel pickets almost within speaking distance.

Next morning, through the politeness of Capt. Joslin, I was taken through the hospitals. Here my fighting ambition began to wane. Seeing men minus arms, legs, and eyes, are sights I should not like to behold every day. But everything is being done for their comfort that could possibly under the circumstances.

Saturday morning, began one of the most terrific storms I have ever witnessed, blowing about one half the tents down, and completely drenching everything without and within. I can speak in the highest terms of the cordiality of Capt. Joslin and Lieu’t.Corbin, but did not see so much of Lieu’t Bartlett, as he was detailed as Captain of Co. D, and I wished to spend most of my time with Webster boys

On Monday morning, bidding adieu to our company, and bringing many articles belonging to the missing ones, to friends at home, I started for Washington, and from thence direct to Annapolis. Here I spent two hours in company with the Webster Band, which is attached to the 21st reg’t, and afterwards started for the old Bay State, glad to leave the State of Maryland behind, bur sorry to leave our boys. Capt. Joslin kindly furnished me with a list of our company, which I forward with this for publication if it shall meet your approbation.
Very Respectfully
F. Q. Robinson

Capt. George C. Joslin
1st Lt. Amos Bartlett
2d Lt. Frank S. Corbin
1st Sergt. Benj. Taft, missing
2d “ Joseph H. Wood
3d “ W.W. Bosworth, missing
4th “ M.J. Warren, dead
5th “ Geo. W. Lewis, missing
1st Corpl. Riley Thayer, missing
2d “ Thos Blasland, not in action
3d “ E.L. Parmonter, missing
4th “ Henry Russack, missing
5th “ Pliny M George
6th “ John Maley, suppsd drowned
7th “ Robert Laverty
8th “ C. W. Briggs
Wagoner, H. S. Dealing, not in action
Drummer, F.S. Hovey. not in action
“ E. W. Joy not in action
1 Private H.L. Amidon
2 “ M.M. Aldrich
3 “ Henry Butler missing
4 “ E.T. Bigelow
5 “ Geo. Butler
6 “ Wm Branies
7 “ L. H. Briggs
8 “ Jacob Bender
9 “ James Barker
10 “ Chas. Buck
11 “ P. Ballou supposed dead
12 “ Alex Bryson
13 “ H. H. Clapp missing
14 “ E. D. Clemans not in action
15 “ Wm. F. Converse missing
16 “ L. H. Cummings missing
17 “ M. S. Converse
18 “ Dyer D. Cady not in action
19 “ R. E. Corbin missing
20 “ Thos. Cassidt missing
21 “ M. Cunningham not in action
22 Private E. Daley
23 “ Gustar H. Dabers not in actn
24 “ John J. Geary not in action (absent on signal duty)
25 “ Henry Groh missing
26 “ John Grady
27 “ Francis Geelan wounded in leg not seriously
28 “ James Gardner
29 “ L, H. Green
30 “ Joseph Holland
31 “ Thos.Henry not in action
32 “ John Hollin missing
33 “ Pat Healy missing
34 “ Geo. Hadfield missing
35 “ Pat. Hearty not in action
36 “ P. Johnson
37 “ W. H. Joy
38 “ John Kelly missing
39 “ P. C. Lanning
40 “ M. Lanigan
41 “ E. Lanigan
42 “ A. Laverty missing
43 : W. H. Laverty
44 “ Chas. Mellen
45 “ Chas. Murray
46 “ James Mahoney
47 “ John A. McGee not in action
48 “ John McGuire
49 “ Geo. Merick not in action
50 “ Vernon Negus missing
51 “ Thos. O’Connor missing
52 “ Jackson Prool
53 “ Elbridge Parks
54 “ Antoine Philips
55 “ W. H. Palmer missing
56 “ A. Remmick wounded in breast
57 “ L. O. Reilly not in action
58 “ G. Rodeman not in action
59 “ H. J. Raymond missing
60 “ Thos Refern
61 “ Wm. Scott supposed drowned
62 “ F. N. Sinzinger
63 “ A. H. Slater
64 “ James Stevens missing
65 “ Joseph Sandback missing
66 “ Fredk. Sonder supposed killed
67 “ Bernard Smith
68 “ Braman Sibley, not in action
69 “ G. R. Stone
70 “ John Schesler
71 “ Chas. Timon not in action
72 “ E. B. Wakefield
73 “ John Whalen
74 “ Hiram Ward missing
75 “ Geo. Walker missing
76 “ Moses Wood not in action
77 “ F. R. Young


15th Massachusetts VI