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1862 Excerpt: ... is close to us. I am going to see Frank Bonney
to-morrow. There is any quantity of infantry and artillery here.
Night before last we were awakened and turned out at 4 o'clock, and
stood till sunrise, the whole Division; we expected an attack. Last
night at 12, we were called out; a sortie was made by the enemy on
our left, trying to take one of our earthworks of siege guns. They
fell into one of our masked batteries; the roar of artillery and
musketry was terrible for almost an hour. We were kept in line
about an hour, but did not have to leave our camp at all; we were
then dismissed. At half past 3, A. M., they commenced again, so out
we had to go, waiting for orders. We stood in line till almost
sunrise, and were again dismissed. Such is a soldier's life, he
knows not when nor how to sleep We did not have any drums, bugles,
nor music of any kind. Gen. Me Clellan does not mean to have the
enemy know how strong we are. I can see Gen. McClellan's
head-quarters from my tent, but I have not seen him yet. You wish
to know how many buglers there are. There is one to each Co. We
watch and keep by the side of the Capt. during an engagement. It is
our business to sound the advance, halt, charge, &c., just as
the Capt. or Col. gives orders. This battle will be one of the
hardest of the campaign. I think the rebels have their best
soldiers in Yorktown. If they are defeated here, their cause is
irretrievably lost, for the way is then opened to Richmond. Col.
Cowdin made a short speech yesterday morning when we were in line
expecting an attack. He told every Capt. to shoot the first man who
showed any cowardice, and to watch those who were brave and tell
him, for, said he, "many who are now privates in the Mass. 1st
regiment will have commissions in a few mo...
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