"Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Friday, May 29, 1863. Guarding the iron train.

Meanwhile, Mosby's men  assemble at
Greenwich, near Warrenton
(Civil War Daily Gazette)
"Friday 29th. Co. drill in A.M. At 8½ A.M. ordered to go down to Mannassas Junction as guard for iron train. Day pretty warm, but our job was an easy one. Back about 2 P.M. Went in swimming & in eve had dress parade. 

"Our company is assuming proportions that seem vast in comparison with the No. last Winter & Spring. All the sick are rapidly recovering & the health of the Reg't is very good. Chas Thacher quite unwell in evening." ~ Diary of Horace Barlow (UVM), 123, Horace Barlow, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment

"May 29. ...  After the drilling is over, towards evening, the wide, level space, in front of the camp, is crowded with soldiers. Many are playing ball. The most expert chooses up, and one is to keep tally; now they strip off coats, and sweating and eager as to the result, push on the lively game. Some are pitching quoits, all boisterous, joyous as school boys at home. It is now dark, and one street is lighted, not with golden chandeliers, but candles stuck in bayonets, and these hanging in mimic shade trees. One is playing on the fiddle, another on the banjo, for the many to 'chase the glowing hour with flying feet.'" ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment, The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864) 

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