"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 21, 2013

Sunday, June 21, 1863. The 12th moves camp to the "graveyard". Sounds of a cavalry fight.

"Saturday night we had orders to be ready to move at 6 A.M. on Sunday and We Started at five Moments of 6 and marched to this place and got here at Nine. A distance of about five miles in three hours, with our house and bedding and our cupboard. got our houses All Framed and put up at Twelve N. Ready to go to Keeping house again. ...

"Harler wanted that I should finish this letter. ... D. Parker died Sunday morning with typhoid pneumonia. The orderly went to Ax. with his remains & got them embalmed & started for home yesterday. the cost of embalming & for transportation to Proctersville was $59.63." ~ Ulysses Haller Hammond and Jabez H. Hammond, West Windsor, age 20, Sgt. Co. A, 12th Regt Letter No. 44, June 22, 1863

"Sunday 21st. At time specified took up our line of march for Wolf Run Shoals, & encamped about a half mile from our old camps, towards the Station, just in front of a fine old woods. Arranging camp & taking it easy for the rest of the day. The march of 7 miles did not tire me in the least." Diary of Horace Barlow (UVM), 132, Horace Barlow, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment

"June 21. Stirring news expected soon. Firing is heard to-day in the direction of Centreville, which is at present the headquarters of the army." ~ John C. Williams, Corporal, Co. B, 14th Regiment, Life in Camp 130 (1864)

"June 21. Sunday. We have heard firing the most of the day. Our teamsters at the Station saw the wounded brought in, and rebel prisoners going to Washington. They came from the west of us. There was a sharp cavalry fight near Snicker's Gap, leading into the Shenandoah Valley."  ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment, The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864)

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