|236||HISTORY OF MARSHFIELD.|
HENRY P. OAKMAN.
"Mustered into the United States service as a volunteer in the Thirty-eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, on Aug. 12, 1862. Discharged for disability at Boston, Oct. 27, 1863. Went into camp at Lynnfield, Mass., leaving for the front on the 26th of August.
"I beg leave to say that patriotism ran high with many of the Marshfield people at the time that I enlisted, and some who could not go to the front in person, helped to encourage and help the "boys" in other ways.
"I prize very highly a legal bond, which is now in my safe, given me by Geo. M. Baker of Marshfield, assuring me that in case of any casuality should befall me on the field of battle or otherwise while in the line of duty, that my wife and two children should be provided for, so long as he had the means to care for them, should assistance be required.
"From Lynnfield, on our way to the front, our first camp was at Baltimore. Co. K. of which I was a member, was detailed to guard Stuart's mansion of cavalry fame.
"On several occasions Capt. Slade borrowed my seven shooter before going down town of an evening. One evening, as we were sitting around the parlor table studying military tactics, he called for the pistol and asked me if I had oiled the cylinder, to facilitate the revolving. I illustrated with the muzzle pointing under the table, when to my surprise, my thumb slipped and a bullet entered a lieutenant's leg at the knee and lodged in the ankle. My head began to swim, foreseeing in imagination dire consequences, when the captain whispered in my ear, "I wish that you had blown his brains out." My head settled immediately.
"During the first week of November we had marching orders. Embarking in due time on ocean transports, halting in Hampton Roads for some weeks, taking shore ex-
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