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 combating tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay amazing for his or her readability and aspect. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases display the incentive of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an differently usual younger guy who persisted the trials of strive against and arduous 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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Dec. seventh 1862—We are nonetheless in camp on the unknown position. lots of snow, ice, and chilly. Col. Wheaton has long past to Washington for a couple of days. close to Belle simple, Va. , Dec. 9/62—We have discovered a reputation for this part: “Belle simple. ” we're all able to movement and doubtless must go the Rappahannock River and try and force the Rebels from Fredericksburg. conflict box close to Fredericksburg, Va. , Dec. 14/62—We crossed the river Thursday evening and feature been below hearth ever seeing that. The Rebels are strongly entrenched, and we haven't made a lot headway. I write this at the battlefield. close to Falmouth, Va. , Dec. sixteenth 1862—Thursday Dec. eleventh we left our camp approximately o’clock within the morning and simply at sunlight reached the banks of the Rappahannock River lower than Fredericksburg. The river is slim and for approximately yards again the floor is sort of of a degree with the river. again of this undeniable are excessive bluffs and the following we had approximately 200 cannon in place. those cannon have been continuously firing and the roar was once super. The air used to be full of shot and shell flying over our heads and into Fredericksburg. The Rebels didn't usually answer yet might from time to time land a shot over onto our facet. simply at sundown the 2d R. I. was once ordered to pass the bridge at a spot now referred to as Franklin’s crossing. it truly is contrary a plantation owned by way of A. N. Bernard and is ready 3 miles lower than the town. businesses “B,” “I” & “K” first charged around the pontoon bridge with hands at a path whereas the stability of the Regiment with loaded weapons. As we reached the opposite part of the river the 3 businesses rushed up the financial institution and deployed as skirmishers. The Regiment and as we reached the excessive floor bought a volley that wounded of our males. The Rebels retreated and we for a quick distance. evening now got here and because the rest of our Brigade crossed the bridge they gave “Three cheers for the Regiment first over. ” Our complete Regiment was once deployed around the simple in a semicircle from river to river and remained throughout the evening. basic Devens acknowledged to us: “Boys, you've had a troublesome time, yet Rhode Island did good. ” the military was once counting on to determine our crossing and we felt that we needs to do good. Friday, Dec. twelfth we have been relieved from wooden accountability and joined our Brigade which used to be shaped in line of conflict close to the river financial institution. by way of this time the complete left grand department had crossed and the obvious was once lined with infantrymen and Batteries of Artillery. approximately midday Artillery on either side opened and one shell exploded in our Regiment. in reality one insurgent Battery on a hill looked as if it would have the variety of our Regiment and some males have been hit. Saturday Dec. 13/62—We slept upon our hands final evening and sunlight this morning came upon us in line. The conflict all started at an early hour and the shot and shell screeched and screamed over our heads. To our correct lets see the struggle occurring for the heights past and again of Fredericksburg. normal Sumner attempted to take the hills yet failed. town was once on hearth in numerous locations, and the noise was once deafening.
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