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 difficult and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. a person who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil battle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay striking for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases display the incentive of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an in a different way traditional younger guy who persevered the trials of strive against and hard 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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Rail fences were plenty and we soon had fires burning and coffee cooking in our cups. The novelty of this scene interested me very much, and I enjoyed the evening sitting by the fire and speculating on what might happen on the morrow. As we have no tents with us, we lay upon our rubber blankets spread upon the ground and slept soundly. July 17, 1861—I awoke this morning feeling a little stiff and with my clothes wet with dew. But the hot sun soon dried our blankets, and after taking breakfast on the contents of our haversacks, we moved out into the road and continued our march.
Made their appearance at the Armory and stated that only twenty-fine men would be taken from the First Light Infantry. Major Slocum asked for some one to act as clerk, and I was detailed for this purpose. The Colonel asked me if I was acquainted with the men and their general character, and on my saying that I knew them all quite well, he said: “We want only good men. Now when a good man comes in to be examined you look up. ” The first man that came in was my friend Levi F. Carr. I looked up.
When it was decided to place the Colonel in an ambulance, I took the door from its hinges with my gun screw driver, and assisted in carrying him on this door to the ambulance. The Second Regiment was engaged about thirty minutes without support, when the balance of the Brigade was brought on to the field and the battle became general. The Eighth Georgia Regiment was in our immediate front, and received the benefit of our fire. Shot and shell were continually striking in or near our line and the troops became much scattered.
All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes by Elisha Hunt Rhodes