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not go, for I never hear you grumble signed by the colonel, and they are about anything.' So much for not court-martialed and have to go grumbling. It was a sad day here through the .knapsack drill,” in the when we learned of the Battle of ditch around the fort. I knew two Ball's Bluff, but it did not dispirit men, and if we were overhauled my the men, and only makes them more name was Harris. When we came anxious to fight. A fellow in our back the provost halted us, and extent lost a father in that battle, and amined our passes; the two boys God help the Secesh' who crosses from our company said, “How are his path. There seems to be but one you, Harris ?' and everything was sentiment among our men—that of lovely ; I had a splendid time ; saw revenge for the barbarities of the N- and another fellow who used rebels, and when we win a victory to work with me, and while I was they will be as cruel and relentless as walking about the camp, who should were our enemies. There have been I meet but Mose N., formerly of great fears for the safety of the fleet Portland. He is homesick and wants during the storm, but there is a to go home,' but I think the young report in camp this morning that it man will pass the remainder of the is safe. If that should fail, it would season here.
I went with him over almost be a death-blow to our hopes to the Second Maine, and there I and we should feel that there would met Horatio S, also of Portland. He be but one thing left for us to do— is a second lieutenant; was with his to give them battle at Manassas; regiment as a private at the Battle of and we are bound to whip them when Bull Run, and has had a pretty hard we do at whatever cost of life. All
All time generally. The regiment lost we need is officers. The men are full about one hundred men in that disof fight, and if the officers do their graceful fight. Vice-President Hamduty the men will know no defeat." lin was out there on a visit. There
"Nov. 7, 1861. I have to write even- are any quantity of rumors every day ings as I have to drill most of the in our camp, but they all end in day with pick-axe and shovel. I smoke. Just for the fun of the have been wanting to go out to Falls thing, when we returned last night church for some time to visit N- we started a story that the Twentybut I had not the face to ask the cap- second Massachusetts had had a tain for a pass, as I have had so many bloody fight, beating the rebels at recently, but yesterday two of my all points, and in less than five mincomrades got passes to go there, and utes, all through the camp it was, one of them named Harris did not Bully for the Twenty-second! they feel well, so I went his
pass. are the boys!! Three cheers for the There is a provost guard that goes Wilson boys!! etc.'” out every day, composed of two from " Nov. 9, 1861. I have only time to each company, who pick up all who acknowledge receipt of the generous are caught one mile from camp, with box. It is nearly 'taps,' and I expect out a pass from the captain, counter- to go out on picket again to-morrow
1 If we
night. The blanket and quilt will be giving day, which I accepted. She very comfortable while I am out, as says she was acquainted with Mother it is very cool nights and we have no before she was Mrs. Carter. tents, and are allowed no fire. Yes should have another officer join us, terday, I went into the fort and who I think of applying for a leave of should be there but John A. Poor of seven days, and I know General Portland, accompanied by his wife, Sykes will endorse it, but at present wife's niece (Mrs. Dr. Gilman), also I am alone with my company, and Ex-Governor Williams of Maine? the army regulations expressly state John A. recognized me in a moment, that when there is only one officer to so did Mrs. Gilman, and I had quite a a company, he shall not be granted a talk with them. Mrs. Poor met Gene leave of absence. I shall call upon in Washington. The past week has Senator Fessenden and Morrill as been a very uncomfortable one for soon as possible. I am on duty, as in our tents, and we have suffered usual, and feel very tired, for I have considerably from wet and cold, but patrolled all day with a vengeance. have plenty of salt horse,' and good I think I am known in the city of bread to eat.
Washington better than Abraham "Nov. 27, 1861.-A grand re- Lincoln, and I have the reputation view of all the regular troops took of being a mighty military man when place. The infantry was commanded on duty. I would make a mighty by General George Sykes; cavalry good detective, for patrolling makes by Lieutenant-Colonel W. H. Emory, a man keep his eyes and ears open, and the artillery by Colonel Henry J. and quick on his feet.'” Hunt; the entire command under "Dec. 24. Christmas Eve, and I General Andrew Porter."
am on duty as officer of the day, but " December 2, the young lieuten- I am not on duty to
morrow. As ant says, “I gave my company a small much as I desire to see you all, I dinner on Thanksgiving day. I feel would not leave my company alone. very proud of my company, and I I know that my company loves me, know they would fight to the death and I have been made sure of the
They keep their quarters fact by receiving a very large, ornavery clean, and always look splen- mental fruit cake, with a very respectdidly in all parades. Captain Wil- ful note signed by men whom I have lard (the commanding officer) says had occasion to punish very severely, the company has improved vastly but they know I did it justly, and out under my command. I received an of no ill will towards them. My cominvitation from Mrs. Ex-Governor pany funds and papers are all in adAnderson to dine with her on Thanks- mirable condition, and as soon as anNOTE.-On Nov. 12, 1861, the abstract from
other officer joins the command, I the consolidated morning report of the Army of shall apply for a leave. I applied in the Potomac shows that the “ City Guard” had
person to General Porter, yesterday, * aggregate present for duty equipped,"
to send more offcers to us, and I 1,078, infantry, 123 cavalry, and six guns. Aggregate present, 1,418.
think we shall be reinforced very
to see me.
I shall expect J. over to see on heavy guns. The men, as a genme to-morrow. I give my company eral thing, are dissatisfied with the a Christmas dinner to-morrow, con- change; many have deserted, and sisting of turkey, oysters, pies, ap- doubtless many more will do so." ples, etc.; no liquors. I am called Our brother of the regulars now to quell a disturbance and must close went home on a seven days' leave, this short note.”
and returning Jan. 14, 1862, writes : Our brother in Virginia says, Jan. “I saw Captain Pitcher, acting com9, 1862, " It is pleasant to-day, for a mander of the regiment, Noble, wonder; it has rained continually for Worth, and Ferris at Fort Hamilton about six weeks, and it really makes in New York. They all received me me feel in good spirits to see the sun very cordially, and invited me to dine. again, together with the glorious The regiment is picking up fast, and news of the continued success of our I think before
many months the arms in all quarters. The picture gallant old Eighth will shine with its you spoke of, in Harper's Weekly, is usual lustre. I found Captain Wilan exact copy of our quarters, only lard and all very well, and very glad they look much better on paper than
My company has they really are. They are made of suffered under green hands, but I will pine logs, the crevices being chucked shortly bring them into the beaten up' with mud and chips. The roofs path. The inspector-general was were first covered with straw, then about this morning and went away, with mud, and finally with tarred saying, “Everything is lovely and paper, which makes them waterproof. the goose hangs high!' I am officer Our battery (E) occupies the first of the day, to-morrow, and shall meet two tents from the telegraph wires. my old friends once more." I am an inmate of the first tent. The On the 28th of January, 1862, the buildings at the left are an old barn, following order was issued : belonging to an old .Secesh,' named “WAR DEPARTMENT, Roach, and out-buildings belonging WASHINGTON City, D. C., to his house ; also some tents used
Jan. 28, 1862. by the tent and picket guard. The ORDER No. officers' quarters are not in view, Ordered—That the commanding nor the fort. We still keep up our in- general be and is hereby directed to fantry drill, which, to me, is far prefer- relieve Brigadier-General C. P. Stone able to the very hard work of hand- from command of his division in the ling heavy cannon. It has already Army of the Potomac forth with, and given me the asthma and pleurisy that he be placed in arrest and kept badly, and to-day I can hardly in close confinement until further 'wheeze,' but I suppose it will be all orders. the same in the end. There is not
EDWIN M. STANTON, much mercy shown down here to a
Secretary of War." sick man.
I never was better in my And now occurred an incident life than when I commenced to work that caused the provost guard no little excitement, although all the details ready referred to, on H street bewere kept very secret. This was oc- tween Thirteenth and Fourteenth casioned by the following letter:
streets, occupied by some of the offi"HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
cers of the guard, he was placed in a " WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 1862. room on the upper floor, and LieutenGENERAL: You will please at
ant James A. Snyder and a sentinel
He was once arrest Brigadier-General Charles placed outside the door. P. Stone, United States Volunteers, taken to Fort Lafayette on the 9th, and retain him in close custody, send. by Lieutenant Dangerfield Parker. ing him under suitable escort by the Sergeant Heitman was offered the first train to Fort Lafayette, where detail of sergeant of the guard to ache will be placed in charge of the company him, but declined. cammanding officer. See that he has no communication with any one from the time of his arrest.
“Very respectfully yours, (Signed) “Geo. B. MCCLELLAN,
“Major-General." " BR:G.-GEN. ANDREW PORTER,
Two lieutenants, Dangerfield Parker and J. A. Snyder, with Sergeant C. B. Heitman of Company B, Third United States Infantry (our brother's old company), and about fifteen men were sent, between eleven and twelve o'clock on Saturday night, Feb. 8,1862, to make the arrest: General George
GEN. GEORGE SYKES. Sykes accompanied the guard. They halted in front of Lord Lyons's (Brit- Our brother at Fort Albany says, ish minister) house on H street (now Feb. 23, - It is all talk about the solknown as the Admiral Porter house). diers not having sufficient to wear. General Sykes went there I do n't believe half of them were seemed to be a reception or ball; he ever so well clothed in their lives. soon reappeared. The guard was If we were called upon to advance then marched to a house on the west upon the enemy to-morrow, we should side of Seventeenth street, between be compelled to throw a large porH street and the north side of Penn- tion of our clothing away.
I am sylvania avenue. General Sykes dis- pretty well now. Don't write to any appeared again. Soon he returned of the doctors, for it won't do the with a gentleman whom none of the least particle of good. Our lieutenofficers or the guard knew, and pro- ant is a doctor, and he has done ceeding to the “ chain building " al
me more good than they could do at
the hospital. Our regiment has been and Donelson with as much joy as placed in the division of General we did. I hardly believe you felt as McDowell, but we are not brigaded. glad as I did, for I felt, father, for the Washington's birthday was celebrated past two or three months that our by the Grand Army'in fine style. country was in a bad way. I feared There was nothing to be heard all that England would interfere and I day but the roar of artillery, and such knew if she did we were ruined, for a roar I never before heard. It must our blockade would be raised; Sherhave been fine music to our friends (?) man (T. W.), would be cut off ; our at Manassas, who, by the way, are forces at Ship Island and Pickens making tracks for Richmond, or some would have to surrender, and we other sacred spot. The Army of the were totally unprepared for a war Potomac will soon give them a trial with such a power; and rivers, lakes of their steel. It is impossible to and large cities were not defended as move an army now, for the roads are they should be and we had no navy, in a wretched condition, the mud compared with that of England. being two or three feet deep in many When the news came that France places.
intended to aid the South, I thought I have not seen Gene for a fort- indeed our cup was full. I felt so night; we can get no papers since we badly about it that I would frequently have been in McDowell's division, find myself almost in tears, and Capt. so I don't expect to see him very Willard felt as I did. I told him one often."
day that I thought if they would Our brother of the provost guard allow us to attend to our own affairs writes February 24, “ We have only and remain away, we would crush out two officers for duty; Lientenant this rebellion very soon, and in six Martin and Fisher have joined their months after we would whip France own regiments (companies), and I am and England both together if they alone with my company.
I am officer did not keep quiet. I have no doubt of the day now, but I have just come that they think, or have thought, that back from patrolling ; very wet (got. the South was more powerful than caught in a rain storm), and not being we, but Forts Donelson and Henry fond of travelling about in the rain and and Roanoke will convince them to mud I will take the liberty— being the contrary. I only wish I had commanding officer of the Post pro been at Donelson. I almost tem,'—to remain at home during the every day the capture or death of morning. The streets of Washington some of my old friends; Capt. Dixon, are perfect rivers, and unless a person the chief engineer and builder of Fort can swim, it is very dangerous for D., was killed in his own work. I short persons to attempt to navigate know General Buckner quite well. them. I have a pair of very large He married a sister of Kingsbury, boots and do not have very much who was in the class above me, and trouble. I suppose you received the who was adjutant of the Corps. You news of the capture of Forts Henry have heard me speak of him as being