All For The Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

By Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Thinking about 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 scuffling with difficult and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. somebody who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay impressive for his or her readability and element. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases show the incentive of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an another way traditional younger guy who continued the trials of wrestle and laborious marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the delight of giving "all for the union."

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D” of the 2d R. I. , yet thankfully it didn't explode. My new males behaved good, it being their first adventure less than hearth. After the battling ceased we made fires and attempted to dry our garments. Wednesday Feby 8/65—This morning at 1 o’clock we bought orders to recross Hatcher’s Run and go back to our previous camps. We had a troublesome march within the darkness and reached camp approximately sunlight, drained, rainy and hungry. i'm pleased I arrived again in time to be with my males lower than fireplace the day prior to this, for i wished to work out how the recent males might stand it. i'm simply extremely joyful with their behavior and shall move into the subsequent struggle with ideal self belief in them. ahead of Petersburg, Va. , Friday Feby 10/65—When I arrived again at camp i realized that our Headquarters huts were replaced, yet I requested no questions. On our go back from our journey to Hatcher’s Run the health care professional, Dr. William F. Smith, invited me to examine a brand new hut that were equipped in the course of my absence in R. I. I took a glance on the new apartment and expressed my admiration of it whilst he acknowledged: “Colonel, please reflect on this hut as yours for the long run. ” i'm very thankful to the officials and males who deliberate this friendly shock for me, and that i understand I shall benefit from the new habitation. it really is made up of logs with a canvas roof, facets coated or coated with white fabric and a great board flooring and door. At one finish i've got a fire with a mantel and the lads have installed a few decorative paintings at the chimney. The overdue flow used to be to increase our traces in the direction of the South facet Rail highway, that is apart from the rail street to Richmond, the single street major from Petersburg that's now within the palms of the Rebels. The officials and males to whom I introduced commissions are more than pleased. common Wheaton despatched for me this present day, and we now have talked over the 2d R. I. affairs. Lt. Col. James W. Miller eighty two Penn. Vols. made me a gift this day of a great pair of silver leaves for my fatigue coat. the elements is ok this day and as hot as spring. we're having fun with it after the snow and ice of some days in the past. i'm rather well and chuffed as a guy should be. This night the band from Brigade Headquarters came to visit and gave me a serenade in honor of my merchandising. i've got bought such a lot of congratulations and compliments that I worry that I shall but be proud. good, i'm proud. Proud to command this kind of gallant physique of fellows because the second R. I. Vols. Sunday Feby 12/65—No church provider at the present time close to adequate for me to wait, so i've got remained in camp. Attended inspection, costume parade, and so forth. final evening a glee membership from one of many Regiments close to gave me an excellent serenade. i'm a lot favourite by means of the musical expertise of the military. good, it makes this lifestyles friendly or even relaxing, and we're greater males and infantrymen for cultivating a style for superb issues. Tuesday Feby 14/65—We now have a brand new Brigade Commander, Brevet Brig. Gen. (Colonel) Joseph E. Hamblin. i'm good familiar with him, having first met him whilst he was once a tremendous. he's a gentleman and an exceptional soldier and should do honor to our Brigade. this day i've got taken my first excitement experience on the grounds that getting back from R.

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