Week of Nov 6, 1861 - Arrival of a Splendid Regiment
Arrival of a Splendid Regiment.—
On Friday night last, the 39th Illinois Regiment, commanded by Col. Light, arrived in this town en route for Williamsport, to join General Lamon's Brigade. The 43d, from the same State, is also on its way to the same destination. The first named Regiment remained in town a portion of Saturday, and is composed of nine hundred stalwart, noble looking young men, many of whom were recruited, as we learn, in Ogle and Lee counties of that State. Among them are sons of former citizens of this county, to whom it will no doubt be a pleasure to defend the birthplace of their sires from the unhallowed tread of the rebel. The regiment has a fine band of music and a drum and fife corps, and came directly through from St. Louis, where it had been originally sent to join Gen. Siegel's division of the army in Missouri. It arrived here and took its departure in the midst of a fierce and pitiless rain storm, but the soldiers were gay and happy despite the inclemency of the weather, and made many friends during their brief sojourn by their gentlemanly deportment and excellent behavior, a number of our citizens throwing open their houses, and inviting them to partake of refreshments, which they greatly needed after a fatiguing journey of a thousand miles.
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