Wearing the Blue in the Twenty-Fifth Mass. Volunteer Infantry; With Burnside's Coast Division, 18th Army Corps, and Army of the James

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General Books, May 14, 2012 - 172 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 Excerpt: ...were drafted for service and took their places in the trenches. And thus the two forces confronted each other--they looked at us, and we looked at them, while the great guns of Fort Totten frowned down upon them. During the anxious hours of the siege, there was some jollity mixed with war's stern discipline. Lieutenant W. C. Hunt, Deputy-Provost, was ordered to raise a company from among the citizens to aid in the defence. He at once appealed to the sutlers and traders to volunteer, and to their credit be it recorded, that they did so with alacrity. Lieutenant Hunt in a very short time had a volunteer company of a hundred men, every one a sutler or trader. This company took the designation of " letter B," and the men were armed and thoroughly drilled by Lieutenant Hunt, who took as much pride in his command as ever Falstafl' did with the frolicksome heroes pictured in ancient story. One evening, a rebel band came to the front and gave us "Dixie," " My Maryland," and the 11 Bonny Blue Flag "; and then the brigade band at New Berne, posted upon the parapets of Totten, sent back "Yankee Doodle," the "Star Spangled Banner," closing up by giving them "Oh dear what can the matter be?" What could be the matter? Early the next morning it was found that Pickett and all his force were gone! and then we learned, that the Confederate General had been waiting for Barton to attack the forts and fortifications on the south side of the Trent, and that, waiting in vain to hear Barton's guns, Pickett became disgusted and withdrew his army--thus ending the attempt to recapture New Berne. Barton missed his opportunity. We had some forts and intrenchments on the south side of the Trent, and two blockhouses, but wh...

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