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

By Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Eager 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 combating tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. a person who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil conflict will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay amazing for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases demonstrate the inducement of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an differently traditional younger guy who persevered the pains of strive against 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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I. L. A. occupying citadel Wardsworth at the left of our camp used to be demanding at paintings. almost immediately after our Batteries opened our Brigade left camp. the boys have been urged to put their cups and pans inside of their haversacks and in no way to talk aloud or gentle a fit. In silence we marched to castle Fisher approximately 4 miles far away and gone through the castle and shaped in entrance. The sixth Corps was once in line of echelon by way of Divisions with the first Divisions within which we serve at the correct and a bit of to the rear. in the direction of morning a dense fog settled down upon the sector, and lets no longer see twenty yards in any course. Our orders have been to maneuver on the sound of the bugle, silently yet directly to front. whereas ready the enemy opened on us from the wooden line, and Corporal turbines of my colour shield was once killed. A detachment from the thirty seventh Mass. Vols. with axes have been to precede the road and reduce away the abatis. I had ordered my males to load their muskets sooner than leaving camp, and that i now went alongside the road and had them take off the caps from the weapons, because the officials have been to steer in entrance, and that i didn't wish them shot by way of our personal males. The second R. I. was once within the moment line of our Brigade. whereas watching for the sign a mule belonging to the Brigade Pioneer Corps and loaded with alternatives and shovels broke free and made for front. The entrenching instruments rattled at any such fee that the Rebels suggestion that whatever was once up and opened a bad fireplace. yet for this twist of fate i believe the shock may were whole. while the sign sounded the complete Corps, although the orders to maintain silent, despatched up a strong cheer after which dashed ahead into the fog. As i used to be within the 2d line i couldn't see my place rather well and so moved to the perfect. The second R. I. Vols. first struck the insurgent wooden line who fired in our faces, and we went over them with no firing a shot. actually as my males had no caps on their weapons lets now not fireplace. It labored simply as I had deliberate. The Rebels within the rifle pits threw down their weapons and surrendered. They shouted “Don’t hearth, Yanks! ” and that i ordered them to visit the rear, which they did at the run. I swiftly reformed my line within the rifle pits whilst Corporal Maurice O. Hearn referred to as for “Three cheers for Colonel Rhodes! ” and so they got ahead of i'll intervene. This cheering gave the enemy an concept of our place, and so they opened 4 weapons from a redoubt on my left and weapons from one on my correct. I shouted “Forward! ” and on we went in among the 2 redoubts. As we struck the enemy’s abatis I occurred to be at the correct flank of the Regiment, and getting to know a gap left for wagons to move throughout the wooden I gave the right kind instructions which brought on the Regiment to move via by way of the flank after which come into line in entrance of the 2 gun Batteries. the 1st I knew I fell into the trench with a couple of my males after me. The Rebels fired their cannon and muskets over our heads, after which we crawled up the rope and onto the parapet in their works, stepping correct between their muskets as they have been aimed over the paintings.

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