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Bygones of Monroe:

The 7th Michigan Re-Enlisted
They will soon arrive in Monroe

On Friday last Mayor Sterling received a letter from the old veteran 7th Regiment, announcing that they had re-enlisted for the war, and would soon leave for home, on a thirty days’ furlough, to visit friends and recruit their ranks.  They will, we understand, reach Monroe in a body, and it is arranged that a dispatch will be sent from Cleveland, as soon as they arrive there, announcing upon what train they will reach Monroe.  This will give some 24 hours notice, and we hope our citizens will give them a fitting reception.

The Seventh left Monroe for the seat of war on the 5th of September, 1861, numbering 1098 men.  The regiment was at Ball’s Bluff, was through the Peninsular campaign, fought bravely at Antietam, where its ranks were terribly decimated, and the ever memorable crossing of the Rappahannock under Burnside, was the first regiment to cross, which they did in boats, under a terrible fire from the enemy, winning themselves in that one act imperishable renown.  They have since served with equal bravery in the campaigns of Hooker and Meade.  By a letter from the 7th to the Detroit Tribune, we notice that they were sworn in the United States service for a second term of three years, on the 18th inst.
The writer says:

            “This regiment has now only a little over 130 veterans.  This number more than three-fourths of all we had present in the old organization, who had less than a year to serve.  Those who do not re-enlist will be transferred to other regiments to serve the balance of their three years.”

There has been talk of getting up a picnic dinner for the boys of the 7th, when they arrive by the Ladies’ Aid Society, but we do not learn that any measures have been taken to secure such a result.  Something of the kind certainly ought to be done.

A meeting of a few citizens was hastily called this morning at the Humphrey House, and a committee consisting of Col. Grosvenor, H.B. Marvin, and Mayor Sterling, was appointed to put the building on the Fair Grounds in order for them, and we learn the Governor has given his consent to let the 7th occupy their old rendezvous.

(Monroe Commercial, December 24, 1863, Page 3, Column 2)

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