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Bygones of Monroe:

The Mulligan Regiment

It is our pleasing duty to announce that arrangements are now being made for this Regiment to rendezvous at Monroe until fully organized and ordered off to the seat of War.  The Acting Commandant, in company with other gentlemen, visited the fair grounds and buildings thereon, a few days since, and pronounced them the best that could be procured anywhere.  Our citizens, we feel certain, will appreciate the selection thus made of their beautiful old city, as the rendezvous of an Irish Regiment; and we feel equally certain, that the enthusiastic sons of Erin, who so cheerfully flock to the standard of their adopted Country, in this, its hour of need, and perform daring acts of gallantry and bravery on every battlefield where their services are called into requisition, will receive, at the hands of our citizens generally, a treatment in every way worthy the volunteer defenders of our glorious Union.

Commissions have already been issued for the recruiting of Companies at Monroe, Adrian, Hudson, Pontiac, Lake Superior, Detroit and other places, from all of which the most favorable information has been received, leading to the sanguine expectation that this Regiment will be organized in an incredibly short space of time; and when in the field we have no doubt but that they will acquit themselves in a manner worthy of the race of Shields, Meagher, Corcoran, and the heroic and gallant defender of Lexington—Mulligan.
An agent is now in Washington making arrangements to have the men properly clothed and equipped immediately on joining the camp; and also, to obtain permission to add two companies of flying artillery, whose services have been already tendered.  This, of course will be granted, and thus make the Mulligan Regiment the most complete and effective that has yet left the Northwest. 

We wish the Mulligan Regiment a speedy organization, a brilliant career on the battlefield, and its members a bright page in the future history of our common country.

(Monroe Commercial, October 24, 1861, Page 2, Column 2)

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