from The Worcester Spy, August 14, 1861 , (Volume 90 # 32), 
Military Display

Another of those Military Displays which our experience of war has of late made so common, occurred last Thursday.  All the afternoon the skies indicated rain; but it did not fall freely until a few minutes before the last soldier entered the train.  It did not, however, drive away the great multitude until the clock struck six, when the men of the 15th  regiment of Massachusetts   volunteers were on their way to Norwich .  The hearty plaudits which greeted them throughout, and the genuine pluck of the soldiers were alike conspicuous.  But the final parting from mothers, sisters and wives, subjected all to the heaviest trial of the day.  We envy not the man who, unmoved, was a witness, yet we heard no word unworthy of brave women or true soldiers.

Fond eyes will watch our Worcester county regiment.  it has many of her noble men in it, whose absence will be noticed and mourned in many homes and hearts.  We have no misgivings.  They are of a stock which for centuries  has rarely flinched in the shock of battle, and in which the love of free institutions has become hereditary.  If any word of ours could reach them, we would cheer them, not by lessening the dangers and hardships that await them, but by reminding them that it is the cause of human nature in behalf of which they are to fight.  Relying on their own brave hearts, and Him who has led them thus far, they are prepared for any fate: living , they shall be honored, and dying leave an example and a name which their posterity will cherish as their best inheritance.


15th Massachusetts VI