Bygones of Monroe:
The Seventh Regiment
It has been determined not to move the Seventh Regiment until it is fully uniformed, which will be by the early part of next week. When that is accomplished the Regiment will leave for Washington immediately. The men are to receive their shirts and caps today.
Our citizens have been no less surprised than pleased to witness the excellent discipline which has prevailed in the Camp from its first organization, and the excellent and orderly deportment of the men about our streets, when absent from the camp. The officers, for their success in so speedily establishing this excellent discipline, are deserving of the highest praise.
Since our last issue, Dr. Bolivar Barnum, of Schoolcraft, has been appointed as Surgeon of the Regiment, and Dr. Cyrus Bacon, of Edwardsburg, as Assistant Surgeon.
Rev. A.K. Strong, of this City, we understand, has been tendered the appointment of Chaplain of the Regiment, and probably will accept. Should he do so, the Regiment may congratulate themselves, as no better selection for the position can possibly be made. His unbounded patriotism, coupled with his religious zeal and earnest love of doing good will at once commend him to the confidence and esteem of the men. We notice that the Jonesville Independent has brought a charge of “sectarianism” against the Colonel of the Seventh, for not having given the appointment to a Universalist of that place, and thinks the appointment should be “bestowed upon merit, regardless of sect.” This is precisely what has been done. No more meritorious selection could be made, the country through.
(Monroe Commercial, August 29, 1861, Page 3, Column 1)