from The Worcester Spy, July 3, 1861, (Volume 90 # 21), 

Mustering of the Fifteenth Regiment

The camp of the fifteenth regiment at South Worcester has been named Camp Scott; in honor of the general of the federal army. The members of Co. D., Capt. A. H. Foster, kindly erected the tents for the encampment before noon on Friday, the white faces of them greeting the companies as they came upon the ground. Order No. 1 which has fallen into our hands, and may be interesting hereafter, is as follows:---

Camp Scott
Headquarters Camp Scott;
Worcester, June 28, 1861.

Order No. 1.

The selection of the above name for this camp has been determined by a just appreciation of the distinguished merit of one who has for more than half a century been identified with the military of our country.

It is taken for granted that officers are neither ignorant of the first principles of military duty, nor destitute of ordinary judgment. A brief synopsis merely is here given of some important rules and regulations. These are to be regarded as a part of this order, and all officers are hereby enjoined to enforce a strict compliance with them.

Officers are presumed to have gained some theoretical acquaintance with both their rights and their duties, as their position demands, and they are hereby reminded that they are expected not only to discharge with fidelity the latter, but, to maintain with firmness and dignity the former.

This order will be duly promulgated and copies distributed. By Command of

Brig. Gen. George H.. Ward

George H. Spaulding, Brig.. Inspector pro tem.


Reveille at 5 o’clock A. M.---signal for the men to rise, when headquarters will be cleaned up and everything put in proper condition.

Peas upon a trencher at 7 o’clock A. M.---signal for breakfast.

Dress Parade at 8 o’clock A. M.---guard mounting, immediately after.

Roast Beef at 12 o’clock P. M.---signal for dinner.

Retreat at 6 o’clock P. M., at which time the officers will be warned for duty, and each first sergeant will detail the men of the company (for duty?) at the ensuing day. There will be a dress parade at retreat.

Tattoo at 10 o’clock P. M. ---signal for the soldiers to repair to their tents, where they must remain till reveille next morning.

Taps, at 10 o’clock P. M. ---signal to extinguish lights.


There will be three roll calls daily: The first immediately after reveille, the second immediately before retreat, and the third immediately after tattoo.

All officers in uniform may pass the chain of sentries between reveille and retreat.

No officer shall on any account sleep out of camp without permission of the commander of the camp.

No officer or soldier shall be absent from any duty whatever without permission of the commanding officer.

No non-commissioned officer, musician, or soldier shall quit camp without permission of the commander of the camp.

All persons of whatever rank are required to observe the greatest respect towards sentinels, and no officer or other person shall make use of any disrespectful language or gesture to a sentinel at his post.

The several companies arrived on the grounds promptly and on time, the Brookfield company arriving first, before one, the others between two and three o’clock. They mustered 801 men altogether. the troops were furnished with their supplies without inconvenience or disorder. The companies had abounding courtesies paid to them by their respective townsmen, before taking their final leave for the camp, which will be faithfully remembered during the trials before them.


The old Leominster company (Co, A.,) numbering 74 men, Captain George A. Rockwood, were provided with a collation by the citizens, who attended them in large numbers to the depot, giving to the members many expressions of affectionate remembrance and regard.


The interest attending the departure of the Fitchburg Fusiliers was universal. The company reported at the town hall, Friday morning, where they were addressed by Col. Alvah Crocker in the presence of a large body of citizens. Rev. Elnathan Davis in behalf of the clergy of Fitchburg, presented a Testament to each of their members. Capt. Kimball responded for the company, and was followed by private H. A. Spooner, who also made appropriate remarks. Prayer for the soldiers was offered by Rev. Kendall Brooks. After dining at the Fitchburg Hotel, they were escorted to the depot by the ex-members of the Fusiliers, and citizens, under the command of Col. Jonas A. Marshall, where the banner, some time since presented by the ladies of Fitchburg, was given into the care of the old Fusiliers. A company of past members under the command of Lieut. E. T. miles, escorted the volunteers to Worcester, the old drummers accompanying them. They gave our citizens a taste of their quality as they marched through the streets, Cyrus Thurston playing the tenor drum, and Ebenezer Thurston the bass drum, the same who drummed for the Fusiliers at their organization, forty five years ago.

The new Fusiliers made a fine appearance as they marched through the streets, and won many commendations. The past members who accompanied them to Worcester, partook of a collation at the Bay State House previous to their return home, provided by their old townsman, Col. Ivers Phillips. They were very handsomely and appropriately welcomed by Col. Isaac Davis, mayor of the city. Lieut. Miles responded in behalf of the company. The volunteers wore their old uniform, but will soon change it for the grey required by army regulations.


Co. C. , Capt. Henry Bowman, 75 men, were escorted to the depot by the Clinton Cornet Band and citizens, amidst the firing of cannon and other patriotic demonstrations.


CO. E., of Oxford, Capt. Charles H. Watson, appeared with full ranks.


Co. F., Capt. Sardus S. Sloane, made up of volunteers from North, East, and West Brookfield, started from North Brookfield, where they met in front of Town Hall. Sentiments offered by J. F. Hibbard were appropriately responded to by J. E. Greene, Esq., and Rev. Mr. Cushing. Thence the company were escorted by firemen and citizens in carriages to West Brookfield, where havelocks and books were presented to each member by Dea. Cutter, in behalf of the ladies, accompanied by a short speech, in the Town Hall.. Refreshments were also provided. The company were then escorted by the West Brookfield firemen and citizen, through South Brookfield village, to East Brookfield, where they were welcomed by a bountiful collation by the ladies. At the latter place the company took cars for Worcester, being the first upon the camp ground, arriving a little before one o’clock. They numbered 74 men.


Co. G., of Grafton, Capt. Walter forehand, have adopted the name of the Anderson Guards. They assembled at the Town Hall Friday morning at eight o’clock, where they were addressed by Rev. Messrs. Burchard and Chick. The hall not being large enough, the company adjourned to the common, where they were addressed by Rev, Messrs. Miller and Scandlin, and Colonel Charles Brigham.

The ladies presented the members with a portion of the fruits of their labors during the past week. The company were then escorted by the three fire companies of that town to New England Village, where they were entertained with a collation at Quinsigamond Hotel. Thence they were escorted by fire companies 1 and 3, Rescue and Blackstone of Grafton, together with the town officers, and a delegation of leading citizens of that town, in omnibuses and coaches , to the camp ground at Worcester. The citizens turned out en mass to witness their departure.


Co. H., Capt. Chas. Philbrick, of this town, were treated to a collation by the citizens , and escorted by the Douglas Cornet Band to the depot for Worcester, by the middle train. Speeches were made by the Rev. Mr. Clark and others. Each member was supplied with a copy of the new testament. They mustered 64 men.


Company I, of Lancaster, Capt. Sherwin, have adopted the name of the Fay Light Guards, in honor of their patron, Col. Fay, of that town. They were escorted by a large body of citizens to the Town Hall, where a fine collation was provided, and $5 in cash was presented to each member of the company, being the gift of citizens of that and adjoining towns. Patriotic remarks were made by Col. Fay H. C. Kimball, and Rev. Messrs. Bartol, and Edis, and prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Lawrence. The company mustered 76 men.


The members of company K. received orders, Wednesday, with much satisfaction to report to Gen. Ward, Friday, with other companies of the 15th regiment. They left under the command of Capt. M. W. Gatchel, with the sympathies of the whole people.

Camp Scott.--- The daily exercises of the camp commence with company drill from six to seven in the morning, dress parade at eight and guard mounting immediately after. there are company drills again from half past ten to twelve and from two to three P. M. The regimental line is formed at four, and battalion drills follow till half past five. Dress parade at half past six.

An interesting feature of camp life is the culinary department. Each company has its stove and members are detailed to cook the messes. Sunday, during dress parade, view in the rear of the tents would have discovered blazing fires, and pots suspended over them in the most primitive manner; men were cooking soup, boiling rice, slicing potatoes, freshening salt beef and steaming away over the stoves, in some cases with flushed faces. The quarters of the troops may be considered luxurious, for they bear the name over their entrances of all the famous hotels in the country. Here is the “Fifth Avenue Hotel,” the “Union House,” the “National Hotel,” & ect.

The officers quarters are very comfortable places also. In Gen. Wards tent, bouquets and boxes of strawberries, the gifts of hospitable ladies show that camp life has its shiny side.



15th Massachusetts VI