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Bygones of Monroe:

The Departure of the 7th Regiment

The Seventh Regiment left again for the Potomac Army by the noon train yesterday.  At about 11 o’clock the regiment was drawn up in front of the City Hall, when Col. Grosvenor, their former commander, addressed them in a manner calculated to cheer and encourage them.  He told them the citizens of Monroe hand been proud and happy to welcome them back, that they had done what they could for their entertainment, that they had been pleased with their conduct while here, told them of the beautiful flag the ladies have ordered made for them, and which will be sent them in the field, and that the ladies and the citizens of Monroe will ever remember them and their gallant conduct in the field with proud satisfaction.  He also told them that he had been proud and happy to command them once, and he should be but too happy to lead them again.

Capt. Vroman responded on behalf of the Regiment, thanking the citizens for their kindness, and particularly the ladies for the beautiful flag in prospect.  He said they had hoped to have borne it with them, but as it could not be procured in time, they should be happy to receive it when it should reach them, and that it should never be disgraced.  He also paid a high compliment to their former commander Col. Grosvenor, stating that the men would rejoice to have him again at their head.  He stated that the old flag which has been carried triumphantly through 35 battles is to be left in the care of the ladies of Monroe.

The Regiment gave three hearty cheers for the ladies of Monroe, three citizens, and three for Col. Grosvenor; and the citizens responded with three cheers for the Regiment.
The Regiment took with them about 50 new recruits; most of whom we believe have been enlisted in this county.  A further number is to be added to their ranks, from the camp at Grand Rapids.  Some ten or a dozen men of the Regiment, with a couple of officers, were left behind to obtain further recruits.

A large number of citizens were out to see the Regiment off, and quite a number accompanied them over to Toledo.

(Monroe Commercial, February 11, 1864, Page 2, Column 1)




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