from The Worcester Spy, September 25, 1861, (Volume 90 # 38), 
The Fifteenth Regiment 

The Fifteenth regiment.---The Fitchburg Sentinel has a letter from the camp of the fifteenth, near Poolesville, Md. In which the writer says: We have agreed with the pickets on the opposite shore, who are Mississippians, not to fire at each other, but be on friendly terms as long as they are posted as pickets. The Leominster boys talk across to the Mississippians in a social manner every day. Yesterday one of our boys agreed to meet one of the Mississippians half way across the river and exchange newspapers. they both started at the same time, witnessed on their side by a large number of citizens and soldiers, and on our side by about fifteen or twenty of us. They met in the middle of the stream where the water is but waist deep, and after shaking hands and exchanging the “Boston Herald’ and the “Mobile Tribune,” they held a social chat. 

They are of opinion that the shooting of pickets is all foolishness, and does nothing towards settling the great questions, but on the contrary widens the breach between us; also that “we are too scared of each other,” as he expressed it, “might as well have more sociability and less dodging behind trees every time each other moved.” They returned to their respective shores amid cheers of both sides, and I have just learned that one of he Mississippians is coming over in a boat to take dinner with the Leominster boys today,



15th Massachusetts VI