Bygones of Monroe:
Camp Monroe—Mulligan Regiment—New Commander
The fair grounds where the Mulligan Regiment is encamped, are fast assuming the appearance of a good sized village. Houses are going up rapidly, among which we notice a comfortable one for Hospital purposes. From a cursory visit to the camp we are led to believe that all its denizens are as busy as bees in a hive, and that no time is allowed to be misspent. The men are coming in fast, and it is pleasant to see the prompt attention paid to their wants. The recruits, generally speaking, are all well disposed men, and fully appreciate the efforts being made to contribute to their comfort and happiness. They are being perfected in drill by efficient practical instructors, and their proficiency is highly commended by the officers instructing them, in fact, the men are willing and anxious to acquire a thorough knowledge of their duty and to be in active service.
On Thursday last, Major Welsh took command, and set himself at once to the examination of the workings of existing regulations. Finding them defective, he prepared rules applicable in the various duties of camp life, and read them on dress parade the following day, after which he made some excellent and patriotic remarks, touching on the subject of camp discipline, etc.
Capt. Jno. McDermott, the acting Commandant, who was present, then followed the Major in a suitable and patriotic address, which was well received by the men. When the parade was dismissed so well pleased were the men with what had been said to them, that three hearty cheers were given for the officers of the Regiment. Thus terminated, what, in our opinion, is highly necessary to satisfy the minds of men joining the ranks of our camp, and becoming amenable to the rigidity of military discipline for the first time for all will know what is expected of them, as also what they themselves may expect.
(Monroe Commercial, November 28, 1861, Page 3, Column 1)