By Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Desirous 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 tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. a person who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay awesome for his or her readability and element. so much of all, Rhodes's phrases display the inducement of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an another way traditional younger guy who persevered the trials of strive against and arduous marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the delight of giving "all for the union."
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Sergeants are appearing as Lieutenants, and it'll be a number of days earlier than we will be able to get our promotions. i've been already suggested through the final officials of the Brigade and department for the Captaincy. we're in a wide sandy box lined with forts and entrenchments. the boys have burrowed underground to guard themselves from shells which the Rebels throw from mortars. each jiffy a shell comes screaming over, after which we run to our holes. it really is a laugh in addition to harmful. we're coated with airborne dirt and dust, yet nonetheless i'm chuffed. it sounds as if now as though we have been to make a standard siege of the enemy’s works. day after today we're to enter front line for twenty 4 hours’ travel of accountability. June 8/64, entrance line, chilly Harbor, Va. —We are taking our flip on the entrance, and the insurgent line is barely approximately 200 yards from us. the lads are good secure by means of bomb proofs. consistent firing of musketry and Artillery is stored up through either side. this day we had a flag of truce despatched into our line to bury the useless. This gave us an opportunity to get out of our holes and examine the insurgent works. they look like very robust. The Rebels who got here with the flag have been solid natured and able to speak with us. June 9/64—At 2 o’clock this morning the 2d R. I. was once relieved from the trenches by means of a Mass. Regiment, and we're now a number of hundred yards within the rear. I had otherwise be within the entrance, for the following we seize many of the shells fired on the first line. yet we're good sheltered. the elements is particularly scorching and dusty, and because the males are obliged to stick in line and never movement approximately, lifestyles is irksome. once we ship for water the main points need to run the gauntlet of the insurgent fireplace, and it's something yet friendly. Mail might be directed to: Lieut E. H. Rhodes Comdg 2d R. I. Vols. 4th Brigade 2d department sixth Corps through Washington June 10/64—I have prompt moment Lieut. Thorndike J. Smith to be promoted First Lieut. and shall make him Adjutant of the Regiment once i will be able to get a few officials. i've got instructed Sergeant significant George T. Easterbrooks and another Sergeant to be moment Lieutenants and shall advertise from the ranks as quickly as attainable. I observed Capt. Wm. B. Rhodes of Battery “E” R. I. Artillery and Capt. George H. Rhodes of the Cavalry at the present time. What an odd scene meets the attention on each aspect. Forts at the plains and within the woods. consistent roar of Artillery and bursting of shells. while I write I observed one terrible fellow shot down as he left his look after. might God forgive the lads who led to this warfare. I worry that I shall but hate them. Headquarters second R. I. Vols, close to Charles urban court docket residence, Va. , June 14/64—When will wonders stop. Thirty six hours in the past the military of the Potomac was once inside of 9 miles of Richmond, and now we're 40 miles far-off. Sunday evening June twelfth we left our works at chilly Harbor below disguise of the darkness and took the line in the direction of the James River. We marched all evening and all day Monday the thirteenth, crossing the Chickahominy River at Jones bridge approximately darkish. right here we encamped drained and sleepy. I turned so sleepy that i couldn't journey my horse and so walked to maintain conscious.