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Thinking 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 battling difficult and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil conflict will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay extraordinary for his or her readability and element. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases show the incentive of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an in a different way traditional younger guy who continued the pains of wrestle and onerous 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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I. Vols due to the fact that June fifth, 1861: long island Elizabeth Port, N. J. Newark, N. J. York, Penn. Easton, Penn. Harrisburg, Penn. Baltimore, Md. Fairfax court docket condominium, Md. Germantown, Va. Centreville, Va. fort Monroe, Va. Hampton, Va. Young’s turbines. Va. Warwick court docket apartment, Va. Williamsburg, Va. Barkamsville, Va. Burnt traditional, Va. Slatersville, Va. Cumberland, Va. White condo, Va. Gaines turbines, Va. Ellison generators. Va. Mechanicsville, Va. Atlee’s Station, Va. reasonable Oaks, Va. Charles urban pass Roads, Va. Shirley, Va. Harrison’s touchdown, Va. Charles urban court docket residence, Va. Savage Station, Va. Yorktown, Va. Alexandria, Va. Georgetown, D. C. Haxall’s touchdown, Va. New Kent courtroom condo, Va. Hancock, Md. transparent Spring, Md. Williamsport, Md. Downsville, Md. Kudiesville, Md. Smoketown, Md. Rohrersville, Md. Burkettsville, Md. Berlin, Md. Jefferson, Md. Adamstown, Md. Brownsville, Md. Poolesville, Md. Tennallytown, Md. Lockville, Md. Rushville, Md. Barnesville, Md. Sennaca Falls, Md. reasonable Play, Md. Sharpsburg, Md. Bakersville, Md. reasonable View, Md. Germantown, Md. Lovettsville, Va. Bolington, Va. Phillemont, Va. Wheatland, Va. Union, Va. Upperville, Va. Aldie, Va. White Plains, Va. New Baltimore, Va. Cattlett’s Station, Va. Weaversville, Va. Spottswood Tavern, Va. Gunisonville, Va. Stafford court docket condominium, Va. Falmouth, Va. * *And many different cities whose names i've got forgotten. 1863 Camp close to Falmouth, Va. — “Pig aspect” — Rappahannock River, Va. — Rumford Plantation — Fairfax Station, Va. — Manchester, Md. — Middletown, Md. — Funkstown, Md. — Hagerstown, Md. — Boonsboro, Md. — Berlin, Md. — Warrenton, Va. — Camp Sedgwick — Camp at Bristow Station, Va. — Chantilly go Roads, Va. — Warrenton, Va. — Kelly’s Ford, Va. — Hazel Run, Va. — Camp Sedgwick, Va. Jany 1st 1863, Camp close to Falmouth, Virginia—The new yr opens, and we're nonetheless in camp with not anything new to record. Camp lifestyles is going on and it comes our flip to do wooden responsibility at the river banks sometimes. Pratt’s touchdown “Pig element” Potomac River, Jany 6—Yesterday Levi Carr and myself rode over to the camp of the 4th R. I. Vols. and have been joined through Lieut. Charles H. Hunt. We then visited the camps of Battery “D” and Battery “E” R. I. Artillery and eventually known as upon George H. Rhodes on the camp of the first R. I. Cavalry. On our go back at evening i used to be ordered to take command of corporation “B” and visit Belle undeniable. We made a commence and after marching approximately miles i used to be ordered again to camp. Monday morning our Regiment left camp and reached this position approximately midday. it really is at the Potomac River on the mouth of Potomac Creek. Our camp is close to the river financial institution, and we have now a superb view of the delivery. Steamers and crusing vessels are continually arriving and are discharged on the wharf. This morning we have been marched to a ravine among hills and got to work creating a highway. So the gallant moment is back shoveling Virginia. however it isn't really our first adventure during this form of paintings. If I reside to get domestic I will probably be outfitted for any form of paintings, for i've got attempted such a lot every thing due to the fact i've been within the military. the line is tough to make, as we meet many brooks and common holes choked with dust and water.

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