By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Concerned 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 struggling with demanding 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 bills of these campaigns, which stay impressive for his or her readability and element. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases display the incentive of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an differently traditional younger guy who persevered the pains of wrestle and laborious 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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Service we couldn’t do as we pleased. Sunday June 9, 1861—This morning the Regiment marched to the First Baptist Church on North Main Street and listened to a sermon by Dr. Caldwell. Wednesday June 12, 1861—After dress parade a set of colors was presented to the Regiment by the ladies of Providence. This presentation attracted a large party of ladies and gentlemen and was conducted with great ceremony. Speeches were made by prominent citizens and much enthusiasm shown by the men. Hon. Jabez C. Knight, Mayor of Providence, made the presentation.
As we gained the cover of the woods the stampede became even more frightful, for the baggage wagons and ambulances became entangled with the artillery and rendered the scene even more dreadful than the battle, while the plunging of the horses broke the lines of our infantry and prevented any successful formation out of the question. The rebels being so badly cut up supposed we had gone beyond the woods to form on for a fresh attack and shelled the woods for full two hours, supposing we were there, thus saving the greater part of our forces, for if they had begun an immediate attack, nothing in heaven’s name could have saved us.
The camp has been full of visitors all day and things have been lively. Not much like a Sunday in Rhode Island, but yet we have tried to keep the day holy and recognize the fact that God is still our Lord. Monday June 24, 1861—Today we brushed up and marched into Washington and were reviewed by the President. As we passed the White House I had my first view of Abraham Lincoln. He looks like a good honest man, and I trust that with God’s help he can bring our country safely out of its peril. I was not well pleased with the appearance of the city, but was struck with the magnitude of the public buildings.