By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Excited about the Union is the eloquent and relocating diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union military as a personal in 1861 and left it 4 years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after combating not easy and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. someone who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay notable for his or her readability and element. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases show the incentive of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an differently traditional younger guy who continued the trials of strive against and arduous marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the delight of giving "all for the union."
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Two guns were forwarded by Gov. Sprague almost to the enemy’s lines, notwithstanding a raking fire of 2000 men and the charge of the enemy’s cavalry. The hill upon which the Battery was posted was nearly a mile long. Along the sides of this hill fronting us were the enemy’s batteries, stretching away in numberless tiers and protected by their long lines of Infantry. As we advanced upon them the whole line opened its fire upon us. The effect was terrible. Our troops could present but one Regiment at a time, and upon this one Regiment their whole force could deliver their fire.
Our camp has been named Camp Clark in honor of Bishop Thomas M. Clark of Rhode Island. Well, this looks like soldiering and also work. Sunday June 23, 1861—Our first Sunday from home, and it has been a queer one to me. M. our Regiment joined with the First Regiment in church service. The scene to me was a solemn and impressive one. Our Chaplain, Rev. Thorndike C. Jameson, preached a fine sermon. The camp has been full of visitors all day and things have been lively. Not much like a Sunday in Rhode Island, but yet we have tried to keep the day holy and recognize the fact that God is still our Lord.
I found a subsistence return which gave the number of men and when rations were issued the day before. I gave this to Captain Nelson Viall, and he sent it to General Hunter. Some of the men tried to enter the houses, but the officers soon put a stop to this, but not before a piano was broken up and taken into the yard. Private Thomas Parker of our Company “D”, an old English soldier who had served in the Crimea, came down the street with a large Bible under one arm and a picture of General Washington under the other.