Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull, 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry
Among the rank and file of largely uneducated Union Soldiers in the Civil War, Sergeant Rice C. Bull was an exception--a sensitive and perceptive man whose diary vividly describes the training, daily routine and combat that was the life of an infantryman. Among the memorable passages are those of the Battle of Chancellorsville and of marching with Sherman through a devastated Georgia to the sea.
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CHAPTER ONE Volunteer Soldiering
CHAPTER TWO The Beginning of Real Soldiering
CHAPTER THREE The Chancellorsville Campaign
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14th Corps 20th Corps advance afternoon Aquia Creek Army artillery Atlanta Atlanta Campaign attack batteries began blankets boys breakfast breastworks Brigade bullet camp campaign Cavalry Chancellorsville Chattahoochee River clothes coffee Colonel command Company Confederate corduroy Cox's Bridge Creek crossed Division enemy enemy's feet firing flank foragers force fortifications front ground guns half mile halted hardtack Harpers Ferry heard hill hour House hundred Johnnies knapsacks line of battle located looked meal Milledgeville morning moved musketry nearly night noon o'clock open field orders passed Peach Tree Creek picket line pontoon bridge quiet railroad rain reached ready rear Regiment rest river road Savannah seemed Sherman shot side skirmishers soldiers soon started stream swamp tents took train trees troops Union Army wagons waiting weather West Point woods wounded XII Corps XX Corps