Monroe has been somewhat excited in the military line during this week. On Monday three companies from Adrian, Manchester, and Coldwater, passed through for Detroit. A large crowd was gathered on the public square, and cheered them most heartily as they passed. Tuesday afternoon the Coldwater Artillery Company came through, and again the public square was alive with people. The Smith Guards were drawn up on the square, and fired a salute as the train passed, the bells were rung, and the scene presented was that of a general holiday. The Smith Guards have been drilling regularly, and are now anxiously expecting marching orders.
(Monroe Commercial, May 2, 1861, Page 3, Column 2)