May 9th in Baird's Diary. HCP Collection.

May 9th

News being received that the President would not accept any more three months volunteers. The regiment today was disbanded and reorganized and the men enlisted for three years. So great many of the men being disappointed in their expectations returned home leaving our ranks rather thinner  than usual. There are enough however left to keep up a respectable appearance as a regiment.

President Lincoln’s proclamation was issued on May 3rd, 1861 asking volunteers to enlist for a period of three years. The full text of this document is found here.

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