By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Excited 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 battling challenging and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. a person who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay awesome 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 continued the trials of wrestle 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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The day prior to this Sergeant significant George F. Polley, tenth Mass. Vols. confirmed me a board on which he had carved his identify, date of start and had left a spot for the date of his demise. He had re-enlisted and was once looking forward to a fee as Lieutenant within the thirty seventh Mass. Vols. I requested him if he anticipated to be killed and he acknowledged no, and that he had made his head board just for enjoyable. this present day he was once killed via a shell fired from a insurgent Battery. Petersburg has to be a hot position to dwell in precisely now, judging from the volume of iron we've thrown into it. final evening our mortars opened upon the town, and we watched the shells as they rose within the air and fell into the insurgent forts. i'm usually requested the query “Are you no longer sorry that you simply agreed to stay within the provider? ” I solution “No, i would like to determine the tip of the battle. ” June 22/64—The second R. I. has no longer been engaged at the present time, as we're at paintings construction rifle pits and guarding the Jerusalem Plank street at the left flank of the military. the previous day President Lincoln paid us a trip. i didn't see him, as i used to be on the entrance. June 23/64—Last evening simply as we entire our rifle pits we have been ordered to maneuver, and my Regiment is now helping Battery “G” fifth U. S. Artillery at the Jerusalem Plank street. The sixth Corps has been combating all day, yet we now have had little or no firing on our a part of the road, purely skirmishing. Lieut. Smith has been despatched north and the surgeons have hopes that he may perhaps recuperate. June 25/64—Still in our rifle pits lined with airborne dirt and dust and looking at the enemy. a brand new stream is to be made, yet after all we don't be aware of the details. we will discover quickly adequate. I listen that our overdue Chaplain, John D. Beugless is to enter the U. S. army. i'm joyful for him, for he's a courageous guy and a superb soldier. June 26/64—Hurrah! My fee as Captain within the second R. I. Vols has arrived, and that i was once today mustered into the U. S. provider. Direct: Capt. E. H. Rhodes Camdg 2d R. I. Vols. 4th Brigade 2d department sixth Corps Captain E. H. Rhodes June 27/64—We are actually having a simple time on our line, not anything to do yet watch the Rebels. combating is occurring each hour on a few a part of the road, and our flip will get back quickly adequate. the previous day a few of my males came across an ice apartment choked with ice, and now we have been having a luxurious within the means of iced water. the day gone by being Sunday I attended carrier on the camp of the thirty seventh Mass. Vols. June 28/64—Governor James Y. Smith of R. I. has written me a truly style and complimentary letter which cheers me greatly. I referred to as this present day on basic Wheaton and met normal Wright, basic Russell and others. final evening I known as on Capt. Wm. B. Rhodes of Battery “E” R. I. Artillery. we've came across a offer of lemons and feature iced lemon reduction in abundance. the day before today I observed my valise lengthy sufficient to get out a transformation of underclothing. the elements is especially sizzling. June 29/64—This is the 1st letter that i've got written with ink for almost months. This morning my headquarters wagon got here up and that i had my tent pitched, yet simply as I began writing got here the order: “Captain, have your Regiment able to movement at a moment’s become aware of.