Description of the 40th
December 30, 1861
” This splendid regiment has been encamped in Sibley tents at the old fair grounds since last Wednesday. It is made up of men from Lafayette and vicinity, mostly prairie boys. The character of both officers and men has not been excelled by any regiment yet formed in the State with a better prospect of success.
The dress parade last evening was attended by a large crowd of citizens, and soldiers of other corps now here. Lieutenant Colonel Blake was in command. He was on General Rosecran’s staff in the three months’ service and did good service to the country at the battle of Rich Mountain. We will publish a list of officers of this regiment tomorrow.”