|Sunday, Sep. 1,-All quiet except the bands of music and the
chiming of bells in the city.
Preaching by the Chaplain at 3 o'clock P.M. A balloon goes up daily from Fort Corcoran. offset the city on the other side, to get views of the position of the enemy; it is said to remain up until about midnight to watch the camp fires on that side of the river.
regard to the arrest of Traitors, it does seem strange that you government
has allowed Breckenridge, Bright and
Vallindgham to escape their deserts so
long, they should have been shot or hung long ago, and the world rid of
monsters. I think the Army have lost confidence in the efficiency of
Seward,-and Cameron has proved himself sordid,
if we can rely upon one half
we get from the soldiers of his own State. One thing in relation to the
On general principles, I have no doubt, but citizen soldiers will fight better under officers of their own choice, and no sane man can doubt the propriety of their having such choice. The 2d Regiment asked to have their grievances redressed before they left Madison, but they were not heeded, now we see the result-they have been very nearly disorganized-they have no Battalion drill, nor scarcely any other since Bull Run Battle.
D. K. NOYES
From the Sixth Regiment
Headquarters 6th Regiment W. V.
Eds. Journal: The Sixth Wisconsin is earning a
name without fighting Already we are placed second in the lists of the
number of regiments encamped about here, the Massachusetts First taking the
lead. Last Friday some one who was
interested in showing off our troops to
good advantage enquired of the Chief of the Sanitary Commission in
which regiments W. H. Russell the correspondent of the London
Times should visit. The reply was the Massachusetts
His presence however was discovered only by a few, which might be considered lucky as his Bull Run letter has engendered anything but good feeling towards him on the part of our volunteers. Besides this we have received marked favor from our Major General Geo. B. McClellan.
Last Tuesday our brigade was reviewed by him when he rode through our lines and examining several muskets remarked the for altered flint locks they were kept in better order than any in the service. that we deserved and should have better arms. accordingly on Saturday evening we received Belgian rifles which were distributed yesterday. If you remember this is the arm which attracted Fremont's attention during his recent visit to Europe and which he succeeded in obtaining for our government.
To day our boys are practicing at target firing with the new guns. In appearance they are clumsy, and seem to have been made more for service than show. I cannot state their exact range but think it is about on thousand yards. the ball is convex with a cavity in the end like the Minute and the whole cartridge weighs about an ounce apothecaries weight. the guns themselves with ten pounds and a half avoirdupois.
Last night after dress parade the battalion was drawn up in close order and the news of butler's great victory at Hatteras was read to them, and cheer after cheer was given for Gen. Butler, the Stars and strips &n. After the Battle of Bull Run anything that has the appearance of retrieving what we lost there is hailed with delight by all Union-loving citizens.
The health of the camp is excellent and more rapidly improving in drill Until we move you must not expect me to be interesting as the regular routine of camp life does not afford "items" for .
CROPS, MILITARY MATTERS, IMPROVEMENTS ETC., ETC.
PLATTEVILLE, WIS., Sept. 3.
And first, supposing all definite information with regard to the crops here would be of value, I have taken some pains to make inquiries in regard to the subject and find that taking one year with another, the crop has been a full average, though of course falling behind the extraordinary yield of last season. Wheat has turned out from 10 to 25 bushels per acre, and even more in some instances; the average, perhaps not exceeding 15 bushels. the berry is very plump, though millers say that the bulk of bran is large in proportion to that of flour. Oats and barley have done pretty will, and the corn is looking finely. The chinch bug and the army worm injured some fields very much but altogether there is nothing to complain of .
As to prices, it has been rather cheap living here this summer. wheat had ranged from 35 to 50 cents a bushel; the flour from $3.50 to $4 a barrel; corn, 15 cents a bushel; oats, 10 cents; potatoes, 15 to 25c; butter 6 to 10c per pound; eggs, 3 to 6c per dozen, etc.
Within this last week choice blackberries have sold here at five cents a quart, and the finest wild plums at the three cents. Board is $2.25 per week.
(Ed note, the exchange rate from 1861 to today (2003) is about 17 to one,
in other words a
There is a considerable amount of old grain of all kinds on hand, left over from last year, and there will be a large amount reserved from market till next spring.
As to military matters, you have given Grant county credit for doing well. She certainly has. With the three companies in the Seventh Regiment she will have fully 500 men who have gone in here own name. Besides this she has contributed to the ranks of the Crawford, Richland
and Iowa companies, to the Portage company in the Second "Regiment, and to
Illinois regiments-probably in
all not much short of 200 men. Other
companies are in process of formation, and the county will probably send at
more, making almost a full regiment, and one volunteer to every
six voters. Can any Democratic county show as good a record?
The following from one
on the sick list, constitutes the latest date yet received. The 6th is in a
responsible and exposed situation.
Yours D. K. Noyes
From the Sixth Regiment
Camp Lyon, near Washington,
FRIEND PERKINS:--We are at last in the
vicinity of the enemy. It has taken a long time, but we are better fitted to
work of soldiers. It was six weeks ago that we left the peaceful camp
at Madison. At Harrisburg, Pa., where we was
encamped for three or four
days, one change was made, which seemed important to the men, the order
being out that the
sentinels should load with ball and shoot any one
attempting to run the guard. Next we moved on to Baltimore, over the
Our camping round was a place of historical interest.
In it here and there only are preserved the earth redoubts thrown up
time of the attempt on the part of the British to taken the city in the war
of 1812. One old man of company K, in our
regiment pointed out the
very spot where he stood during the eventful night when that fierce storm of
shot and shell was
rained down upon fort McHenry, and was one of the
many who "by the dawn's early light" say the "Star Spangled Banner"
floating out in defiance to the efforts of the British fleet. The second
night after our arrival, an attack was made upon
our sentinels, which
resulted in calling the regiment to arms badly frightening several sentries
and severely wounding one
Lieutenant (not the writer) who made so gallant a
charge into a deep ditch, that he was laid up for several days. The guard
Just as the
review was going on, a Zouave from a neighboring regiment rushed over the
parade ground and going straight to
the General asked with Hiberian dialect,
if he would shake hands with one of the fire Zouaves? "Certainly," said the
General, as he reached out his hand. After shaking his hand with Irish
heartiness, he stepped back a few paces, folded his arms across
After it was all over Gen. McClellan told our Colonel that our
regiment had its arms and equipments in better order than any
regiment in the service with the altered arms, of those he had inspected,
and that we deserved and should have as
good a rifle as was in use. This
was not an empty compliment, for in a few days we exchanged our old muskets
Soon our instructions were received and we took up our line of march in the midst of considerable "cussing and discussing" the former being confined to the unlucky hundred who unfortunately had been detailed for guard duty at the camp. We found the whole brigade was on the move.
The night was dark, cloudy and warm. On we went for many a mile, tired but in the best of spirits, exulting in the change, though ignorant of our destination, till about three o'clock A. M. we came to Chain Bridge. Our regiment did not cross, but marched up the bluff and bivouacked in an orchard till the morning reveille. To be sure the rain came down upon our faces, but we merely lifted our heads upon higher ground and slept on. Immediately after breakfast the companies, in which company G, was included, were sent out on detached service. Their duty was to guard a rifle pile, with our 250 men relieving 1000 Pennsylvanian soldiers all day we lay behind the entrenchments ready for an attach which was apprehended from the crossing of the rebels at a ford about and coming down upon Washington.
At sundown the
other two companies were ordered away and Company G, was left alone for the
night. From the importance
of the post, besides the entire guard out side,
one-half of the men were obliged to keep on watch in the trenches, while the
other half laid down under the stars, wrapped in their blankets and grasping
their rifles. Again the rain came down but that
was soldier's fare and
nobody grumbled. Just after daybreak the long roll was beat and we fell in
and marched to what had
been our camp the first night. Then before getting
breakfast, out company was sent out to do picket duty for five miles up the
river. The pickets were stationed at the distance of about a half mile from
each other, the last one four or five miles from camp.
On the opposite side by the encampment of the Fifth is another large battery at which Gen. Smith say he could gather 100,000 at an hours warning. The rebels must move off or thy will get whipped, and we have the confidence in our gallant young chief to believe that no backward step will need to be taken. Like the snail we may move slowly an will certainly move like that animal in carrying our packs upon our backs. Ho quickly one learns the uselessness or at deemed essential to comfortable living.--
How like a gem of precious wisdom speaks out one of the characters in "Great Expectations" in his iteration and reiteration of "Get portable property." I am obliged to her to put in my trunk those two jars of jelly, but my trunk is back in Washington and the jars are not "portable property." I thank another for a pair of slippers designed to put on these long evenings as I sit around the camp fire and read the papers and discuss the rumors of the day but the fact is I have had my boots off but twice in six days and then only for a few minutes for bathing purposes so that I can't consider the slippers as Portable property." Now you that have friends going to indulge in military life bestow upon them only portable property a needle book with a place for buttons, two shirts of French cassimere (white linen is complimentary) with a pocket in each and leave out such articles as jelly, pond cake, big books daguerreotypes, dressing gowns, smoking caps &c, &c, till this terrible war is over. Around the peaceful firesides of home we may enjoy what we have learned so well to appreciate by absence and the hardships of a soldiers life. I have a hundred things to write you, but this is already spun out to an unreadable length. You will not want me to write again--it will like "pulling the string of a shower bath."
In haste Yours
G. L. M.
We are favored with a long and interesting private letter, from which we take interest to our readers: options that will be of the liberty of extracting certain portions that will be of interest to our readers.
Brigade, Camp Lyons
Mr. Kellogg: -- I can not say to you as we used to say in commencing our career as letter writers; I take my pen in hand &c., for I have no pen in hand and none in my knapsack. I am using the top of my brush tent (for we have no others) for a writing table, and as I stand by the side of it I look about over many other brush tents, arranged with scarcely any reference to order and no reference to convenience.
After arranging matters
with Lient. Allen of Co. G., I secured a pass from Gen. King’s Secretary,
which fortified me against
an arrest by the patrol in the city, and went
down to the Avenue House, which is on 7th Street near
We first visited the building in which rifled cannon are received from the casting department and finished. The rifled cannon is now almost the only piece of ordinance manufactured here. This is owing to its importance in the service. It is used in both the Army and Navy. At the time of my visit particular attention was paid to the manufacture of them for ships in such a way that they could be taken from the gun carriage, mounted on wheels and placed upon shore. If such a movement should at any time become important this arrangement will add much to the efficiency of the Navy.
We next saw a squad of thirty men operating a huge
Columbiad pulling it this way and that raising and lowering it to get the
range, Making the motions of loading it, in fact doing everything but actual
cannonading. It seems like a large number of men
to manage one gun, but one
must reflect that one columbiad is capable of performing extensive
operations if it is promptly
Ascertaining that our man of war the Pensacola was near
by we sought for it and thankfully received permission to go on board.
The engines were just being put on board. They are monstrous ones, of great power, sufficient in themselves to move the great vessel with its whole armament. The ship is being put in thorough repair thro out. We saw the new officers quarters, which when finished will be very fine; but the sleeping places for officers and men are small and to a landsman especially a land soldier appear uncomfortable. We were informed by one of the officers that they would be commissioned in a few days, and then be subject to sailing orders at any time. Probably a secret expedition will be planned for it. I hope so.
The department in which shot and shell are manufactured next engaged our attention. I saw some very splendid grapes, of which however I stood aloof, while the image of old “rough and ready” arose before ,me with his injunction of “a ;little, more grape.” &c.
The canister, too each charge of which had an appearance much like a harmless can of oysters, only much large, seemed like a terribly deadly thing to shoot into a crowd of human beings In each canister there are 144 shot each one of which is of large musket size. It will be seen that when one of these canisters explodes, throwing each of this balls in a direction liable to hit any person standing near, considerable execution wild be done at each discharge of the cannon rightly aimed.
We witnessed the manufacture of musket and rifle balls
from rods of lead. About 80 balls are made every minute from these rods.
After glancing at the immense boat house, and the different foundries of the Navy department we returned to the city.
In the afternoon I started to fulfill an engagement to visit our Ex Newport friend, A. T. Langley, who is Assistant Warden of the Penitentiary.
On my war down to the prison I visited the Smithsonian
Institute. To tell of half its wonders and curiosities would take
than I have at command. The first thing I saw was a live alligator,--not an
alligator stuffed-- no stuff about it.
I proceeded on my way down to the Penitentiary , passing, on my way, the gallant men who stood with Maj. Anderson the trials at Sumter. I was kindly welcomed by Mr. And Mrs. Longley, and never have I felt the old habits of peace, creep on me as when sitting before a plate of peaches, pears and grapes, fresh from the garden. During my stay I passed about through the prison--saw the prisoners at word--saw their sleeping apartments, chapel, &c.; read the prison rules; was locked up for one minute in a cell 6 by 3 feet, and the wanted to get out; spent another evening in a civilized manner and the next morning went up to the city feeling that the pleasant intercourse with these friends had been worth more than gold to me.
FRIDAY, 13--Continuous duties have prevented me from attending to my correspondence. My time is so limited that what would have made another chapter if elaborated has been compressed into a page. Tonight I am writing with the momentary expectation of being ordered to march into Virginia in prospect of a skirmish hence I can write for a word. There is one matter of which I would speak. We have heard that representations have been made thro’ private letters that we are ill-fed, ill used and over-worked. No allow me to tell the citizens of Sauk County that all these charges have not a particle of foundation. Not a shadow of excuse is there for any person to make such representations. We live well, that is our food is wholesome and there is enough of it. Our officers treat us well and do not over work us.
But I must close this letter. I do not suppose we shall see a battle soon, but if we do our rallying word shall be “Baraboo,” and our thought even in the hottest fight or in the last moments of life, will be of the firesides at home and the loving hearts around them so dear to us and so valuable to the country.
H. H. L.
LETTER FROM THE SIXTH REGIMENT
Camp Lyon, Chain Bridge, D. C.
Sept. 12, 1861
Eds. Journal:-- After passing through a week replete
with events of interest, I set down to inform you as to the whereabouts
doing of the Sixth. A week ago last Tuesday, at about eleven o’clock at
night, the “long roll” was beaten for the first time
in our regiment. The
men sprung to arms and in an incredible short space of time we were on the
march, we knew not whither.
Next morning when I awoke I found that we were directly
under a battery of 3 thirty two pounders, and in the midst of a lot of
encampments. On the hill in the rear of the battery stands the ruins of an
old house, which I am informed was once the
headquarters of Washington,
while his army occupied the same ground that ours now does. The famous
aqueduct is below us, the reservoir being located some quarter of
a mile up the river from the bivouac. The Potomac
The canal on this side is a good deal more river like in its appearance. It runs due south and our pickets are stretched up on this (the north) hank over a distance of seven miles. Chain Bridge--which you know is a great point in a military view, is constructed of wood and draws its name from the fact that a former structure at this place, destroyed some years since was built of chains.
It is some quarter of mile in length stretching from bluff to bluff, over a canal and river and is guarded by several large cannon, sixty four pounders I believe. The principle timber hereabouts is pine, which grows tall, slim and very thick, reminding one of the pinerles of our own noble state. Buckwheat and corn is all inn the way of agricultural products that I have seen growing here except potatoes and other garden vegetable. The soil is a yellowish compromise between clay , sand and good healthy prairie mud.
At about half-past ten the alarm was beat again and we fell in. We marched up the river about a mile, and three companies of the left wing, Co.’s B, G, and K., were detached into rifle pits, or rather earthen breastworks, which commanded the approach to Chain bridge from a ford a mile or two above. Co. E was sent forward as pickets. Here we stayed in the trenches in the road lounging about in the shade until late in the afternoon, when all save the pickets were marched bock to the bivouac of the night before.
And here we are. Every day one company, is picketed,
and one day last week Co. G. brought in a prisoner; a dirty, filthy
specimen of secesh, who was set at work wheeling dirt at the battery above
described. The excitement of alarms
has died away, as they have become
everyday incidents, and when the “roll” is sounded our men fall in as if
dress parade. Yesterday afternoon, however, we had an alarm which
was in earnest. We had heard firing over the river
About a mile and a quarter from the bridge we passed a large piece of earthwork, thrown up by our troops to defend the roads to the bridge, and a little farther along we met several wagon loads of citizens fleeing from their homes in the vicinity of the battle field. Their tearful faces and frightened looks betokened anything but a comfortable prospect before them or a willingness to leave for the “other side” as they called it.
Still further on we met two or three wounded men from the Third Vermont. One little fellow about seventeen years old told me that a shell struck near him killing two and wounding three besides himself. He told us that our troops had “silenced the rebel batteries, but they were trying to outflank us on the left.”
From these and other
stories we made up our minds that we had hot work before us, and were
at meeting the whole column coming back.” have they
whipped us? Passed through the minds of every one, at the first
the good order in which they marched and their joyful countenances as they
passed us, told a different story.
and one thousand men
Those two lines show all that the Sixth had to do with the skirmish at Leesburg, of which you of course have heard ere this reaches you. What kind of a story you have of it, I do not know; but as I took pains to make all possible inquiries from the men as they passed us, I think the following is about correct:
The Third Vermont and Nineteenth Indiana were sent out as a reconnoitering party and soon fell into a hornet's nest in the shape of a masked battery. At this juncture a few shots were fired with our small arms, and in the mean time our artillery was put in position on an adjoining hill.
The reconnoitering party then fell back, and the whole of the army in the immediate vicinity of Chain Bridge was sent for After this the two opposing forces occupied their time in throwing shells at each other. But the rebels with drew because they heard that the Sixth was coming or else to draw our men into another snare-I don't know which. At any rate when they fell back our men were also ordered back the object of the reconnaissance being effected viz: the discovery of the masked battery. The total number killed so far as I could ascertain was four wounded six on our side.
The health of our men continues excellent and notwithstanding the fact that we are obliged to sleep on the ground in the open air-tents are not allowed in this vicinity by orders from headquarters we are in fine spirits ready for anything that may turn up.
Col. Atwood rode into camp yesterday He is looking better, and thinks he will be able to join the regiment again in a few days. He has purchased a fine horse, which I think goes far ahead of the one given him before. The horse is gray in color and is as gentle and docile as a kitten and yet has all the life and spirit requisite for a good military nag.
John Gurnee and Ed. Foreman visited us the other day, and you may be assured we were glad to see them.
I hear heavy cannonading across the river now, but whether it is our men at practice or another brush I cannot tell.
We have received from Uncle Sam our full complement of blue clothing.
(from the National Republican)
Headquarters Sixth Reg.
Dear Sir: we have just learned that by reason of ill health you have been compelled to obtain a discharge from the service and that consequently your connection with the regiment as its lieutenant colonel has ceased .
Allow us to express our deep regret that such a step has been necessary to you; for knowing you as we have during the past three months in which you have been connected with us, we cannot but feel that by your discharge the regiment has lost a brave efficient and esteemed officer.
Hoping that retired from the severe duties of a regiment in the field, in the air of a more loyal come, you may be in time. restore to the health which you have lost we remain very respectfully yours,
A. G. Malloy, Captain Co.
Washington, Sept, 16, 1861
I am gratified that in our association in the camp I won your good opinion; and that in my retirement, I am kindly remembered.
My engagement in the service was the realization of a hope this I had cherished from boyhood, and I looked out upon the broad field of adventure which opened to the soldier as upon enchanted ground. Whatever of ability I had was untiringly devoted to the promotion of what I conceived to be the true interests of the regiment. I felt the necessity of obedience on the part of the subaltern and had long before learned that it was only to be obtained from his confidence in the superior. The citizen in uniform does not instantly become a machine subject to the arbitrary will or caprice of another. He must believe the command right, and this he will only do when He who gives it manifests some little knowledge of his business. Hence, I endeavored from the beginning to impress each officer with a sense of the responsibility of his trust and it aid him so far as I could in the proper discharge of it. Physical inability prevented my doing as much as I desired; but if I did enough to elicit you approbation perhaps I ought not to complain.
I leave you from
necessity, and with a regret which none can appreciate.
Captain Malloy Dill Hooe, O'Rourke, Bragg Linkworm and others
From the Sixth Regiment
Camp Lyon, Md., Sept. 18, 1861
I believe that our last
report to you was from Camp Kalorama, near Washington. since then we have
advanced a step and have drawn a little nearer to the "fighting realities"
that we all expect to take part in sooner or later.
We were led up a steep hill in front of an ugly looking battery, the muzzles of whose guns we could just distinguish in the darkness, and after winding around among the tents of a regiment and a corn field, we were halted in an orchard and ordered to camp down for the night or what was left of it. We made ourselves as comfortable as circumstances would admit of and in the morning awoke and found ourselves on an eminence overlooking the chain bridge. The camps of the 2d Maine and 2d and 3d Vermont Regiments and a long line of hills, thickly covered with trees and a dense foliage, across the Potomac in Virginia.
The 2d Wisconsin was just below us, and I could not but note the contrast between the old campaigners and the new. Our boys of the Sixth were many of them uncomfortable and inclined to complain notwithstanding their two blankets and the rather musty loaves of brad they had in their haversacks and stood around in groups discussing the probability of what was likely to come next while the boys of the 2d, may of them without their blankets appeared to have enjoyed a good night's rest and having left such useless encumbrances as haversacks behind were knocking the apples from the trees, and by fires which they had built from the rails of a fence, which was very much in the way and needed removing seemed to enjoy themselves as well as if at home.
So much difference does two months campaigning make. And in the two weeks that have elapsed since that time, I think our boys have made remarkable proficiency in the art of making themselves comfortable under untoward circumstances. It is an art that every soldier must learn or else his whole camp experience will be miserable.
The 2d was soon marched over the river, and three companies of our Regiment-G, (our company,) K and B under command of Major Sweet, were marched up the river to relieve a Pennsylvania Regiment which had been holding an entrenchment for 24 hours.
The Colonel of the Pennsylvania. Regiment told us that we ought to have a larger force, but we spread out the full length of the trench or breastworks posted our relief's and laid down.
Then our Major told us
that a battle was hourly expected over the river, and should the enemy
effect a crossing above us we must stop them. Gut the day passed off quietly
and the only sound that fell upon our ears was an occasional gun over the
river, and the sound of axes and falling trees where the rest of our brigade
were clearing away the forest for a battery across the Potomac. Just at
sundown an order came from
the Colonel for Companies K and B to come down to the bridge, and for
hold the entrenchment until relieved. We felt the responsibility of being
assigned a duty during the night which had
In the morning we marched
back to the orchard again , and after a loaf of bread and a “chunk of salt
meat had been given to
each man, we were ordered to fall in again, and were
marched up the river again about three miles to do picket duty as a
After a reserve of a dozen men had been left at the first station, the
remainder of the company were distributed
along for three or four miles
further in squads of three or four, at intervals varying in distance from
one quarter to one
At the bridge across the canal, Lieut. Montague with a dozen men was stationed to look out for contraband goods passing along the canal.
Nothing of special interest occurred during the 24 hours that we were on duty excepting a prisoner taken a Lieutenant Montague’s station, who failed to give a satisfactory account of himself, and was brought down and delivered up to the Colonel. The fellow represented himself as being anxious to obtain work, and the Brigadier General kindly accommodated him, by giving him steady employment over the river upon the battery. This was the first prisoner taken by the 6th Wisconsin Regiment. He was a hard looking case.
Each company took their turn standing picket guard until a few days ago, when the order was changed so that a detail from each company perform the duty each day.
The boys all like it much better than staying in camp. The people up the river are very kind to them, and treat them as generously as they would like to have their sons treated were they away from home as are our boys.
They also kindly over look what little foraging in cornfields, or chards and melon patches our boys do.
We are the “Reserve” of the 1st Wisconsin Brigade. Gen. King as his headquarters with us, and all the Regiments composing the Brigade are over the river. The late change; in our Brigade leave us five Regiments only -- 2d, 5th and 6th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, and 79th New York (Highlanders). We are in fact the only regiment left this side of the river nearer Fennallytown, where the 13 Pennsylvania Reserve Regiments are stationed. We have to send out each day “up river” pickets,” down river” pickets, and guards for two batteries; one on the bluff just above and commanding the Chain Bridge, and the other back of us on the hill commanding the road that comes down the river, and also the camps of the 19th Indiana and 2d Wisconsin across the river. It consists of three 32 pounders, and when required will do good service. When we first came here, as I said before, the hills across the river were covered with trees and dense foliage.
Now the tents of the 2d
Maine, 2d and 3d Vermont, 19th Indiana, and 2d Wisconsin, and
several other Regiments are in plain view,
the trees having been cleared
away. The 5th is out of sight of us, behind or beyond Mott’s
battery, which occupies the crest of
a hill. The first three of these
Regiments last named belong to Gen. Smith’s Brigade; and have but lately
gone across. Our hoys
In a very few minutes we
were ready, and although it commenced raining severely, we started off at a
Our boys (of our company I mean) are all well, except two who have been sent to the general hospital. Lieut. Allen arrived here from Camp Kalorama three or four days ago, where he had been left in charge of everything. He had been quite sick, but while he staid there acted as Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, Officer of the Day, Officer of the Guard, and general superintendent of everything. His health is much improved.
Of course nothing can be
told as to whether the rebels intend to let us make the advance, or whether
they intend to make it
themselves. In the latter event their case must be a
desperate one. If we take our time as to the former, we are sure of success.
L. B. R.
Letter from Sixth Regiment
HEADQUARTERS OF COMPANY
Camp Lyon, Md., Sept. 20th, 1861
FRIEND COVER:--According to promise now take up my pen to address a few lines to you and my many friends in old print.
Your paper, the Herald, is no come visitor to the boys of Co. “C”.
Would amuse you to see
with what verses its contents are devoured by the int County boys; when a
copy arrives camp it is
read and re-read as long as a re of it is left, and
believing our friends in Grant are as anxious to hear from us as are from
I shall, through the herald, attempt to communicate a few s which may
interest those desirous of ring from us, but having nothing
We are now camped near chain bridge the shore of the Potomac, about four as from Washington. The fifth and second are on the other side of the Potomac, in Virginia. The many white tents that dot the hills far up and down the river, dot the hills form quite a picturesque appearance, is a strange sight to those unaccustomed to warfare.
We were yesterday visited
by His Excellency Gov. Randall; we were called out formed into line of
battle, (it having been
previously announced that the Governor and others
would inspect us); after waiting a short time the Governor and the arrived
and rode up and down our line, seemingly well pleased with the display of
the men as well as the fine condition of our uniform
I will now close; you will hear from me gain.
Yours, &., Wm Day
Lafayette and Iowa companies, to the Portage company in the Second "Regiment, and to Illinois regiments-probably in all not much short of 200 men.
Other companies are in process of formation, and
the county will probably send at least two more,
making almost a full regiment, and one volunteer to every six voters. Can
any Democratic county show as good a record?
If the children of Platteville are
not well educated it will not be foe lack of school
buildings. Besides the academy and one district school house in the village
both of them fine stone buildings the latter costing
about $10,000, there is a very pretty brick school house building this
summer. It is 38 by 50 feet, is to be two stories, is very
substantially built and admirably arranged as to light and ventilation. The
contract price is $5,000 The academy, under the
management of Mr. Guernsey, is doing very well considering the times, and
that fact that a number who would otherwise
be its students have gone to the wars. Its fall term has just opened with
about 100 pupils. There is no place in this region
where as good an education can be so cheaply secured as here.
HEADQUARTERS 6TH REGIMENT WIS
Camp Lyon, near Chain Bridge, Sep. 25, ‘61
Nothing of special importance has occurred
since my last, which I mailed to you on Tuesday the 24 (yesterday).
Our regiment is at present engaged in building a battery about two miles north of us, on a high hill overlooking the river and commanding positions in Virginia. For several days nearly all the regiment have been out chopping down the trees and underbrush in the vicinity and none have been left in camp but the sick and the necessary guards. Yesterday I went out with them. I shouldered my ax when we started but soon ascertained that officers were not permitted to shop. I had a squad of fifteen men to deep at work, but found time to slash about a little with my ax nevertheless. I had a pretty hard day of it, walking about among the fallen timber, which is mostly of pine with occasionally a sassafras and chestnut.
Not with standing my fatigue I would not
have missed the day for a great deal. It was inspiring to hear the notes of
hundreds of axes and the constant crashing of falling trees, echoing through
the forest which was fast being thinned our.
I saw a genuine Southern possum yesterday/. One of the boys caught it from a chestnut tree which he had fallen. It was a curious thing, a little smaller than a gray squirrel. It was mostly gray itself, with a few lines of red about it. And had a long sharp nose and claws, but appeared to b e lifeless. It would hand by its tail and a stick which it captor held but would not try to escape or make any exertion for freedom.
Thursday, Sep. 26.--John Miller is sick yet and with but little prospect of immediate recovery. I have the pleasure of sitting on a stump the top of which by exposure to the weather has become quite soft--enough so for comfort.
Today is the day of fasting and prayer appointed by the President. Our Brigade, by orders of General King had a day of rest. No drill, but on the contrary the several companies were marched down street opposite the General’s quarters, and heard a sermon. I have imagined what the people of Baraboo were doing, and I presume they spent the day in a manner suited to the time and the call.
Yesterday three thousand troops and five
batteries passed on from the river, driving back the rebel advance about one