Our First Year of Army Life; An Anniversary Address, Delivered to the First Regiment of Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery, at Their Camp Near Gaines' Mills, Va., June, 1862

Our First Year of Army Life; An Anniversary Address, Delivered to the First Regiment of Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery, at Their Camp Near Gaines' Mills, Va., June, 1862

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...The day was rainy and the roads were very bad--muddy, sticky, and slippery. But the march was admirably conducted and on principles entirely new to the regiment, it having been the custom on previous marches to deploy skirmishers through all the adjacent corn fields and peach orchard's and to straggle out behind so that the regiment would be several hours in passing a given point. But the men seemed mostly to enjoy the change and to begin to take pride in all that pertained to correct soldierly conduct. We marched almost eight miles that day, and camped about a mile north of Rockville. Next morning at half-past seven o'clock we set out again and marched nine miles to a hill-side clover lot a mile or two north of Tenallytown, where we went into camp, waiting to receive new uniforms and accoutrements. The last of these were given out on Sunday, Oct. 6th, and on the following morning it was thought prudent for the men to throw away all remnants of their previous dress, take a thorough bath in the brook, hurry on their new clothes and march off on the double quick for Washington. The masterly strategy of this singular proposition can only be appreciated by those who are fully aware of the nature, number and position of the enemies with whom we had to contend. WASHINGTON'. Oct. 1th--9th. A pleasant march through the camps of the Pennsylvania Reserve at Tenallytown, past the signal station, and through Georgetown, brought us to the capital city. Following New York Avenue out to the open ground northeast of the Capitol, we went into camp and waited here a day or two for further orders. Our first night in the camp at Washington is never to be forgotten. It did rain awfully. The windows of heaven were opened and the fountains of the great deep were broken...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634780
  • 9781236634788