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By Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Keen on 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 struggling with tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil battle will realize his bills of these campaigns, which stay extraordinary for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases exhibit the inducement of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an another way traditional younger guy who persevered the trials of strive against and laborious 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've been in an exceptional many battles yet by no means in this sort of victory as this. “Hurrah for Sheridan! ” After the struggle our Brigade commander rode as much as the 2d R. I. and known as me out and acknowledged many complimentary issues approximately us. He additionally educated me that he had advised me for a Brevet Major’s fee. All of this can be very friendly to me, for the Regiment behaved very finely. the second one misplaced 9 males killed and wounded and 7 lacking. those could be killed, or they've been taken prisoners. now we have captured a lot of insurgent prisoners, and town is filled with wounded. We slept at evening at the box. the following morning the 20 th we marched in the course of the urban with our Corps, yet on arriving at the south part of the city our Brigade become a box and shaped in column of Regiments. basic Sheridan rode up and made a bit speech. He praised the Brigade for its reliable paintings of the day prior to this and acknowledged we have been to be left in Winchester as a garrison. So right here we're. Our first responsibility used to be to herald such of the wounded as weren't came across final evening. The Taylor residence and the Virginia residence, the 2 central inns are used as hospitals and are choked with wounded, whereas the church buildings in addition to deepest homes are placed to an analogous use. I rode out to the sphere to superintend the burial of the lifeless. i discovered the physique of my good friend significant James Q. Rice of 2d Conn. Heavy Artillery and had it buried on its own and shall attempt to ship it domestic to his buddies. He often wore a great Masonic pin, yet a few one had taken it from his coat. actually he have been robbed of every thing of worth. I reduce a sq. and compass along with his identify, rank and Regiment upon an ammunition field conceal and put it on the head of the grave. bad Rice, he was once a lot older that I, yet we have been intimate, realizing one another as Masons and comrades. the day past one in all my males, inner most Henry Bromly of Co. “B” captured a insurgent Colonel and grew to become him in to the courtroom condominium backyard with different prisoners. now we have numerous hundred officials and a great number of enlisted males as prisoners. I visited the courtroom condo at the present time and talked with many of the insurgent officials. They have been a lot depressed in spirits, for his or her defeat was once a superb shock to them. whereas at the box I met a number of girls from Winchester taking care of the wounded of each side, giving them water. it's going to take or 3 days to complete the burial of the useless. it's a unhappy responsibility to accomplish. I by no means was once in a conflict the place I felt so cozy in my military adventure. It didn't appear attainable for me to be killed or maybe injured, and for as soon as I really loved a struggle. maybe it used to be simply because every thing used to be in our desire. Winchester, Va. , Sept. 23/64—We have wonderful information at the present time. common Sheridan has back defeated the Rebels at Fisher’s Hill, twenty-one miles from right here and has taken sixteen cannon and a lot of prisoners. we've got despatched off many of the prisoners, and the wounded are being handled. My Regiment is camped on Kent road, one of many major streets of the town. From a home close to i've got borrowed a few chairs, tables, and so forth.

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