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Bygones of Monroe:

The Michigan 6th as Heavy Artillery

This veteran regiment, won for itself such imperishable renown at the siege of Port Hudson, has been transferred from the Infantry service to that of Heavy Artillery, as a mark of favor for its gallant conduct, and is now doing garrison duty at Port Hudson. Col. Clark returned home Saturday last, bringing with him an order from the Secretary of War to fill up his regiment to the full number for artillery service, being 1800 men. - Two new companies are to be formed, and the ten existing companies filled up to the number of 150 men each. Recruiting offices are being opened at this place, at Jackson, Saline, Kalamazoo and Niles. Now is the time for those who desire to enter the very best branch of the service, to avail themselves of this opportunity, and unite with an old regiment which has won its way to honor and distinction. The same pay and bounty will be received as in other branches of the service, and it must be remembered the services are much lighter than either infantry, cavalry, or flying artillery. Their duties will mostly be in garrison, where they will have good comfortable quarters, but when on the march the men will all be mounted. Col. Clark opens a recruiting office here, and those wishing to enlist will make application to him. Also, those desiring to raise men for the new Companies with a commission, will communicate with Col. Clark, at this place.

(Monroe Commercial, 10 Sep 1863, Page 3, Column 2)

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