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

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sunday, June 14, 1863. The Army of the Potomac passes slowly back through the lines of the Second Vt. Brigade.

"The van of General Hooker's great army arrives on the 14th and crosses the Occoquan on a pontoon bridge laid across at Occoquan Village near our camp. We assist in laying the bridge and then for a number of days sit on the bank and watch the moving army, infantry, cavalry and artillery, a whole army corps cross here ...." ~ Ralph Orson Sturtevant, Pictorial History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers 173 (1910).

"...the whole Army of the Potomac is falling back. 180 pieces of artillery stayed at Wolf Shoals last night [the 14th] and where we are we could see infantry, artillery and cavalry streaming off toward Centerville. Whether they stay there or go somewhere else I do not know. The army is confident of not having another Bull Run defeat in case of a collision here, though I believe Lee means Maryland more than he does Bull Run." ~ Hezron G. Day, pvt., Company C, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter from Union Mills, June 15, 1863

"Sunday 14th. Inspection of Guns & Equipments in A.M. Church in P.M. Weather pretty hot." ~ Diary of Horace Barlow (UVM), 127, Horace Barlow, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment

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