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 battling tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. someone who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay impressive 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 persevered the pains of wrestle and onerous marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the pride of giving "all for the union."
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I'm hoping we will seize him earlier than he reaches Virginia. July seventh 1863—We are nonetheless at the highway and this day undergone Franklin’s turbines, Mechanicsville, and Catoctin Iron Works. Now the folk stare at us as we march prior. July 8/63—We crossed the Catoctin Mountain this night. It took us from darkish until eventually 2 A. M. at the ninth to arrive the summit, a distance of approximately 3 miles. In a few areas the mountain used to be very steep, and shall we in basic terms move slowly alongside. right here we have been obliged to halt our Brigade for the boys have been used up and will cross no extra. July ninth 1863—We left the pinnacle of the mountain early this morning and marched right down to Middletown, Md. the place we're now resting for a number of hours sleep in twenty-four for roughly 3 weeks. back I thank God that the military of the Potomac has finally won a victory. i ponder what the South thinks people Yankees now. i believe Gettysburg will medication the Rebels of any wish to invade the North back. close to Funkstown, Md. , July 11/63—We arrived right here this present day after crossing the South Mountain and passing via Boonsboro. the day prior to this our Artillery had a struggle with the Rebels, however it is quiet now. we're approximately fourteen miles from Hagerstown, the place the insurgent military is related to have halted. i don't see how they could get away us this time. everyone other than the Rebels are in strong spirits, they usually needs to consider lonesome after their defeat. this present day I had a luxurious. a few new bread and butter. It was once first-class. Our military is especially drained and ragged, yet we all know that if we will be able to break Lee’s military now the warfare is over. This retains us as much as our paintings. now could be the time for the North to get up and ship males into the military. Line of conflict close to Hagerstown, Md. , July 13/63—I haven't replaced my outfits for 5 weeks, yet nonetheless i'm satisfied, and we're doing strong paintings. final evening we had a skirmish, and the second R. I. misplaced 3 males, certainly one of them from my Co. “B. ” My negative little corporation will quickly be long past if we don't get recruits. we're now entrenched and are awaiting orders. common Meade is well liked by the troops as all Generals will be in the event that they might in basic terms lead us to victory. we're waiting for a struggle the following as Lee’s military isn't faraway. i don't comprehend our events yet feel them to be okay. Time will convey in spite of the fact that. Boonsboro, Md. , July 15/63—Yesterday the entire military moved upon the Rebel’s works close to Hagerstown, however the enemy had fled. We to Williamsport, Md. the place we stuck approximately fifteen hundred prisoners who have been not able to go the river. it truly is acknowledged that we're to visit Berlin the place we crossed final 12 months and pass into Virginia back. eventually the northern soil is loose from Rebels, and nice has to be the rejoicing at domestic. excellent news back. Port Hudson has fallen. good, now implement the draft and we will be alright. I want they might ship the 2d R. I. to manhattan urban. The riots in that urban are a shame to the state and must be suppressed at any expense of cash or existence. Berlin, Md. , July seventeenth 1863—Yesterday we back crossed the South Mountain and marching during the city of Burkittsville reached this position that's the place we crossed the Potomac final 12 months.