By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Concerned with 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 challenging and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay remarkable for his or her readability and aspect. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases show the incentive of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an differently traditional younger guy who persisted the trials of wrestle and arduous marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the delight of giving "all for the union."
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Gov. Sprague despatched ahead a shield to teach the right way to Centreville. The enemy didn't keep on with our retreat. whilst inside miles of the line, in an open area, the enemy poured in upon us from an eminence to the best a raking hearth. The troops sought preserve within the woods on the left and have been ultimately led into the line which that they had left within the morning. right here back the enemy opened fireplace upon us. This was once very harmful. We had anticipated to satisfy right here the reserve able to shield us. every thing was once in confusion. luggage wagons have been piled one upon one other, the weapons crowded jointly, and males lay throughout, a few useless, others wounded, and death. The order to retreat from Centreville used to be very unforeseen. whilst it got here the R. I. Regiments have been clean themselves and getting ready to make a stand opposed to the enemy. those Regiments have been clean, in solid order, and ready to have stopped the retreat. they can have kept the weapons and different estate had they got such orders. The enemy’s forces have been so positioned that they can convey their complete fireplace from 30 Regiments, with out exposing yet one entrance. Their batteries have been planted at the part of a hill, within the form of a cone, each one supported via Infantry, and it was once completely most unlikely with the strength at our disposal, not really greater than 4,000, engaged within the struggle at anybody time. Had the enemy been extra energetic and courageous, few of our males could have escaped to inform the sorrowful story of the struggle. ” Ambrose E. Burnside July 25, 1861—The First Rhode Island indifferent defense force left us tonight for domestic, their time being expired. It made us suppose lonesome to work out them march away to the depot in such solid spirits whereas we're to stay and struggle on. They exchanged their Springfield rifle muskets for our soft bores prior to they left. I keep in mind that we're to take ownership of the barracks at Camp Sprague. July 27, 1861—We are actually within the barracks at Camp Sprague, yet from the rumors i'm ended in think that we're to maneuver quickly for a brand new camp. Head Quarters Co. D second Reg RIV Camp Clark, Washington, D. C. July 28, 1861 My expensive Sister, I rec’d your letter final evening. i'll attempt to offer you the entire details of the conflict. We left our camp on Sunday, July twenty first at 2 o’clock within the morning. We begun with no breakfast and just a little hardbread in our haversacks. We marched until eventually approximately 10 o’clock A. M. whilst our pickets have been fired upon. We have been on a street with woods on one aspect. In a couple of minutes we bought a volley and the orders got for the 2d R. I. Reg. to cost. We begun and charged during the woods into an open box. We had approximately seven hundred males. We got here out upon approximately 5,000 of the Rebels who all started at the run for the woods at the different facet of the valley. We marched to the forehead of the hill and fired. Our battery got here up and opened hearth. The enemy opened hearth from numerous masked forts and shrink our males in nice numbers. We loaded and fired as speedy as shall we. This used to be the time that Wm. A born used to be shot. He was once scuffling with bravely while he used to be shot during the neck.