Bygones of Monroe:
From the Fourth Regiment
We make some extracts from a private letter from a member of the Fourth Regiment, a young type who went from this office. The letter, it will be observed, is rather old, but as it is the latest news we have from the Regiment we insert it:
Camp Union, Virginia
August 5th, 1861
You will see by the date of this letter, that we are again in Virginia. The Michigan Fourth has now been brigaded. It is placed in Sherman’s brigade. Therefore we were ordered to go into camp with the brigade yesterday. We are now in camp across the Potomac nearly opposite Georgetown. It was a very warm day yesterday, and it made it rather hard marching. Although the distance was but about five miles, the men were completely used up by the heat and many of them fell out of the ranks to rest and cool themselves. Three men were sun struck, and others marched until they could go no further.
This morning we were paid four dollars and three cents. This pay is from the twentieth of June until the first of July, so that our next pay day will be the first of September, when we will receive two months pay.
We are going to change our muskets that we now have for the minnie muskets. We will get them today if nothing happens. We received our new uniform this week. It is dark blue, the coat being a loose sack coat, which is very comfortable at the present time.
The money we received from the generous citizens of Monroe—the receipts of the festival—was gladly received by the company, and we are happy to know that there are warm hearts and ready hands to help the poor soldier boys and do all they can to make them comfortable.
(Monroe Commercial, August 22, 1861, Page 2, Column 4)