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Eager 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 demanding and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. somebody who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his debts of these campaigns, which stay striking for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases exhibit the incentive of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an another way usual younger guy who continued the trials of wrestle and hard marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the pride of giving "all for the union."

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Basic Keyes is simply sooner than us at the steamer Daniel Webster, that's the flag send of the fleet. The insurgent batteries abandoned, and a wide hearth used to be visible at Acquia Creek. Friday morning March 28/62—This morning while I grew to become out we have been nearing fort Monroe, and a wide fleet of struggle vessels, together with the little display screen, and transports have been anchored in Hampton Roads. We landed on the wharf and marched approximately 3 miles to town, or what is still of town, of Hampton. This city used to be burned final August by way of the Rebels, and simply six or 8 structures are status. Battery “E” 1st Rhode Island gentle Artillery is encamped really with regards to us. Newport information, Va. , March 29/62—We are actually at Newport information the place the Union military are available. the following position is Yorktown the place the Rebels could be came upon. March 31/62—Our tents have come, and we're in convenience back. lots of pork, beef, ham, bacon, and so on. the day past I had a beefsteak and candy potatoes. first-class dwelling for a soldier. I known as at basic Keyes’ Headquarters the day gone by. i'm good and contented as traditional. Camp lifestyles has the same opinion with me. Warwick courtroom residence, Va. , April 6/62—As I write the booming of cannon convey that our boys are at paintings. it is a queer position of just a couple of homes. We arrived right here final night—the Rebels chickening out from Youngs turbines as we approached. We have been instantly despatched out on wooden responsibility taking with us items of artillery. We complex to the river and published our weapons. This morning we chanced on a insurgent citadel, and our weapons were throwing shells around the river into it. They answered relatively in a timely fashion, yet as our Regiment is within the woods we now have up to now escaped any losses. the most physique of the Rebels is at Yorktown, and we will be there quickly. i'm pleased and in reliable spirits, trusting that God will carry us in protection to victory. April 12/62—Still at Warwick court docket apartment. nice was once our pleasure final evening while the mail arrived, for it was once the 1st one for numerous days. we're nonetheless in entrance of the insurgent forts, a distance of 2 miles isolating us. i've been sound asleep within the attic of a log residence, yet now have a tent. we've taken a number of prisoners in our skirmishes, and so they all appear to be completely happy to get out of the insurgent military. each side are construction forts, and an excellent conflict can't be lengthy behind schedule. could God aid us to win the victory. Camp Winfield Scott, Va. , April 15/62—We are nonetheless at Warwick court docket condo. The affair that we had with the Rebels once we first arrived at the evening of April fifth was once the 1st time that we have got fired upon the enemy seeing that Bull Run. Our boys behaved good and stored up a rattle of musketry so long as the enemy remained in sight. because the river separated us (Warwick River), we didn't come to shut quarters. The insurgent pickets confirmed us a few haversacks and canteens marked second R. I. V. which they captured at Bull Run. They inquired for Governor Sprague. we live within the fields with no tents, and each guy chefs his personal rations. April 15/62—Yesterday I made a protracted tramp to determine the points of interest. I went so far as Young’s turbines the place we first chanced on the Rebels as we approached at the evening of April fifth.

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