Letters from the Forty-fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine Months' Regiment in the Department of North Carolina in 1862-3

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Printed at the Herald Job Office, 1863 - United States - 121 pages
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Page 67 - December 17, 1862. The commanding general hopes that all future fields will be so fought that the record of them may be kept by inscription on the banners of the regiments engaged.
Page 67 - January 15, 1863. In consideration of and as a reward for their brave deeds at Kinston, White Hall, and Goldsborough, the commanding general directs that the regiments and batteries which accompanied the expedition to Goldsborough inscribe upon their banners those three victories : Kinston, December 14, 1862, White Hall, December 16, 1862, Goldsborough, December 17, 1862.
Page 4 - ... has been neglected to-day. Our first night in barracks was exceedingly jolly, as was to have been expected. Poor devils who depend on good sleep and a good deal of it for what vitality they can muster, might probably have sworn last night, if they had been obliged to barrack at Readville.
Page 19 - ... and one for every eight men of detachments. Each bag will be marked with the letter of the company and the number of the regiment, as provided in paragraph 295, Army Regulations, for haversacks, and the proper designation of the squads to which the bags belong, both markings to be in center of front cover flap, as shown in the following Illustration : 5.
Page 25 - Our march, which included a distance of fourteen miles, was, considering the state of the atmosphere, the severest of our experience ; but it was cheered by the smiles and waving handkerchiefs of beautiful women in windows, gateways, balconies, and groves; and by their more substantial favors in the shape of apples, pears, and cool water. The few men who fell out of the ranks from faintness and exhaustion were of the reputed tougher sort—men of out-door life and pursuits.
Page 100 - First North Carolina volunteers, his thanks for and admiration of the untiring zeal, noble emulation, and excellent courage which have distinguished them during the sixteen days of the enemy's attack on this post ; and he feels confident that the display of those qualities under General Potter will hold the place till the siege be raised. JG FOSTER, Major- General Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps. The
Page 4 - ... sworn last night, if they had been obliged to barrack at Readville. Not that the boys were riotous, or even obstreperous, but simply jolly. We supped on hard bread, and coffee hotter than the crater of Vesuvius. Then, pipes and cigars lighted, the early evening was devoted to music— songs of home. After we had retired to our bunks, music of another character "beguiled
Page 7 - Company F having had the temerity to erect a flag-staff taller than Company D's, the latter company extended its mast a few feet over that of its neighboring barrack. This ambition to excel exhibits itself in a variety of ways. Some of the barracks are prettily lighted with lanterns, and in one or two of them the bunks are lettered and ornamented in a very artistic manner.
Page 12 - Corporal" and many others wish to suggest in this connection is, that a few of our rich friends in Boston unite to defray the expense of a (jood band, which shall accompany us to the seat of war. It is thought they would be pleased to confer this substantial benefit upon the regiment, and thus acknowledge the important assistance rendered by the Fourth Battalion of Infantry in raising the quota of Boston. Failing in this, a set of instruments would be gratefully acknowledged, and an excellent band...

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