All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha by Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes

By Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes

Fascinated 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 demanding and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. somebody who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil battle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay extraordinary for his or her readability and aspect. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases demonstrate the inducement of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an differently usual younger guy who persisted the pains 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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When the 7th reached the crest of the hill we could see where the intrepid Munford, of the 2d Virginia, had met and broken the enemy’s ranks after his leading squadron had been badly shattered in the first onslaught. com of where the road went over the hill, and there the combat had taken place. The dead and wounded of both sides lay scattered about, riderless horses were dashing here and there, and the deep gulleys which frequent rains had cut into the hillside were filled at places with men and horses, struggling to extricate themselves.

Of the experience of these mounted troops up to that point, Pvt Fay, 7th Virginia Cavalry, later recollected: 25-year-old Pvt Peter H. Bird of the Franklin Rangers (Co. D), 2nd Virginia Cavalry, had recently returned to the ranks having recovered from typhoid fever. He was killed in action at Crampton’s Gap in Maryland just 17 days after taking part in the fighting at the Lewis Farm. (Library of Congress LC-DIGppmsca-34335) All day long we lay in the rear of our “incomparable infantry,” resting on the hills overlooking the low grounds and interminable woods in which the battle raged.

The enlisted man at bottom left has an arsenal-made three-buckle bridle and single-ring halter, while the officer has a captured 1859-pattern bridle and halter. The Union troopers of Companies E and I, 2nd New York Cavalry, many of whom are new recruits, wear infantry overcoats and sack coats. Headgear consists of 1859- and 1861-pattern forage caps and civilian brimmed hats. They defend themselves as best they can with Sharps carbines, Colt Army revolvers and M1860 Light Cavalry sabers. Some of them would attempt to make a further stand while being chased back toward Buckland Mills.

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