|Fairchild||Photograph by Ellen Vukovic|
At the conclusion of
the Governors remarks, the regiment loudly called for Gen. Fairchild, who took the
speakers stand, in the midst of enthusiastic cheers, and said,
We have been through many rough experiences together; we
have been through many long marches, many dangers and many hardships; we have seen many of
our brethren fall by our sides in battle; but I have never seen you flinch, or known you
to be discouraged. And I have always thanked God that it was my fortune to be honored with
the command of such a regiment.
time I spoke to you before this, - and, boys, you know I never talked to you very often-was
at Rocky Camp just after the battle of Antietam.
Then there were but seventy of you able to report for duty. during the three preceding weeks four hundred of your number had fallen in battle.
told you then that I wanted you to so acquit yourselves that every parent who had a son,
every sister who had a brother, and every sweet heart who had a lover in the old Second,
would be proud to acknowledge it, and that when you returned to your homes the whole
people would welcome you as having done your entire duty.
Let me admonish you-each one of
you-to remember that you have still the reputation of the old Second to maintain.
Comrades, from the bottom of my heart I give you welcome.