All For The Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Fascinated with 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. a person who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his debts of these campaigns, which stay amazing for his or her readability and aspect. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases show the inducement of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an differently usual younger guy who persisted the pains of strive against and onerous 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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300 and twenty six males whose time has no longer expired, or who've no longer re-enlisted are left within the box. Capt. Henry H. younger, First Lieut. & Adjutant Elisha H. Rhodes, Asst. doctor William F. Smith, moment Lieut. Thorndike J. Smith, and moment Lieut Samuel B. Russell stay with them. First Lieut. Edmund F. Prentiss is additionally at the rolls yet is absent wounded. Capt. younger is on employees accountability at Brigade Headquarters, and this leaves me senior officer and in charge of the Regiment. we've got 100 and fifty males current for accountability, and the stability are on aspect or in poor health in hospitals.
I. i'm hoping my subsequent letter can be written closer Richmond than this one. E. H. Rhodes drawing of the regimental camp, could 21, 1863. June 6, 1863—At 10 o’clock A. M. the second R. I. left their camp at Falmouth and marched to the Rappahannock almost about Franklin’s Crossing. right here we halted and waited for orders to pass the river. Rumford Plantation, Va. , close to Rappahannock River, June 7/63— we're camped at the north facet of the river, and a part of the Corps has crossed to the south or Fredericksburg aspect. The pontoon bridges have been laid with out a lot death.
I. Vols. has joined the military of the Potomac and are within the ninth Corps. we've got simply heard of the destruction of the insurgent Steamer Alabama by means of the yank Kearsage. Hurrah! On board U. S. shipping Peril, James River July 11/64—Will wonders stop. Saturday evening the ninth, we left camp with the sixth Corps at eleven o’clock and marched to urban aspect. right here we remained until eventually darkish on Sunday the tenth whilst the 2d R. I. and thirty seventh Mass Vols. launched into the Steamer Peril and began down the James River. Our steamer is an excellent huge propeller, and in dialog with the Captain i discovered that he was once conversant in my father.
Arnold Rhodes Chase (my cousin) has been promoted Captain within the big apple Vols. he's an exceptional fellow and intensely renowned in his corporation and Regiment. close to Warrenton, Va. , Nov. 3/63—It is expounded that Captain William B. Sears is to be significant of the 14th R. I. Vols. the lads are re-enlisting very slowly in our Regiment, and we won't foretell the implications. i've got had an excellent hut of bushes outfitted, however it is especially doubtful as to our last the following any size of time. E. H. Rhodes as Adjutant of the 2d Rhode Island. Nov. 5/63—A plan of forming a brand new Regiment in R.
Four, no. eight, (December 1965). 28One of the problems with the kingdom volunteer troops used to be the political favoritism of the governors in appointing as officials individuals with political energy yet no sensible army adventure. accordingly a number of veterans who have been certified and professional through fireplace must have been promoted. The rifles with larger accuracy accredited a brand new type of war which made a lot of the previous army strategies out of date, so the conflict desire not be fought “by the ebook. ” 29Governor Sprague, who had haughtily refused any developments between whom he thought of insubordinate officials of the second one Rhode Island as a result of their petition to him, turned a U.